7 days in Tohoku Itinerary

7 days in Tohoku Itinerary

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Fly to Tokyo Narita, Train to Sendai
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Sendai
— 3 nights
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Semboku
— 1 night
Train
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Aomori
— 2 nights
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Sendai

Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Jozenji-dori Avenue and Zuihoden. Venture out of the city with trips to Matsushima-machi (Michinoku Date Masamune Historical Museum, Entsu-in Temple, &more) and Shiogama Shrine (in Shiogama). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Sendaijo Ato, take a stroll through Sunmall Ichibancho, don't miss a visit to Ruins of the Great East Japan Earthquake Sedai Arahama Elementary School, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Yagiyama Zoological Park.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Sendai online trip builder.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Sendai is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Sendai. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in December; daily highs in Sendai reach 8°C and lows reach 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Semboku.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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Semboku

Established in 2005 by the merging of several towns and villages, Semboku boasts an Old Japan atmosphere, punctuated by traditional onsen resorts, old samurai houses, and weeping cherry trees.
On the 27th (Mon), explore the galleries of Ishiguro Samurai House, wander the streets of Samurai District, get engrossed in the history at Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tazawa, and finally soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Semboku road trip planning app.

Traveling by train from Sendai to Semboku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Sendai in December, with highs in Semboku at 3°C and lows at 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Aomori.

Things to do in Semboku

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

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Aomori

Facing Mutsu Bay on the northernmost tip of Honshu, Aomori is a bustling regional capital known for its fresh seafood and modern architecture.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Aomori Museum of Art, browse the different shops at A-FACTORY, then don't miss a visit to Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse, then admire the landmark architecture of Aomori Prefecture Tourist Centerl ASPAM, and finally snap pictures at Aomori Bay Bridge.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Aomori road trip planning tool.

Traveling by train from Semboku to Aomori takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 1°C, and evening lows to -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Aomori

Shopping · Museums

Tohoku travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Long a poor rural area known for its harsh climate, Tohoku remained off the tourist radar for most of modern Japanese history. Today, tourism in Tohoku remains refreshingly subdued, offering the chance to discover some of the country's finest natural scenery without the crowds. The area encompasses many scenic hot springs, developed ski areas, picturesque lakes, and historic castles and former samurai residences. Tohoku also serves as an ideal spot for that quintessential Japanese activity, the cherry blossom viewing: the trees bloom later here than elsewhere in the country, making the region a great alternative if you arrive a bit late in the season.