7 days in Tohoku Itinerary

7 days in Tohoku Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tohoku planner

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Make it your trip
Drive
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Aizuwakamatsu
— 1 day
Drive
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Yamagata
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Sendai
— 1 night
Train
4
Semboku
— 2 nights
Train
5
Aomori
— 1 night
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Aizuwakamatsu

— 1 day
Rich in culture and history, Aizuwakamatsu has retained much of its traditional character from its days as a feudal capital.
On the 29th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Hikudari Kannondo, then stroll the grounds of Grave of Gamo Jisato, then look for gifts at Aizu Shurakukan, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Aizuhanshu Matsudairake Bosho.

To find ratings and other tourist information, use the Aizuwakamatsu trip maker site.

Tokyo to Aizuwakamatsu is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Tokyo in April, with highs in Aizuwakamatsu at 17°C and lows at 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Yamagata.

Things to do in Aizuwakamatsu

Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Yamagata

— 2 nights
The town of Yamagata and its surrounding prefecture have a wealth of attractions, both man-made and natural.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): buy something for everyone on your list at Aeon Mall Tendo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Yamadera Senju-in Temple, take in the exciting artwork at Yamagata Retro Museum, make a trip to Large Ginkgo Tree in Yamadera, then pause for some photo ops at Matsuo Basho and Sora Statue, and finally don't miss a visit to Senshoji Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sat): browse the range of quality goods at Onuma Yamagata Honten, step into the grandiose world of Yamagatajoato Ninomaruhigashi Otemon, contemplate the long history of Hommaru Ichimonjimon, then buy something for everyone on your list at S-Pal Yamagata, then admire the natural beauty at Safflower Field of Takase, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mutsukunugi Hachimangu.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Yamagata online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Aizuwakamatsu to Yamagata in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Yamagata can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Sendai.

Things to do in Yamagata

Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Sendai

— 1 night
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): get a new perspective on nature at Tohoku University of Natural History, delve into the lush surroundings at Aoba Forest Greenery, boost your wellbeing at Akiu Onsen Public Bathhouse, take in nature's colorful creations at Sendai City Wild Plants Garden, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsutsujigaoka Tenmangu, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kosho-ji Temple.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Sendai trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Yamagata to Sendai takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Yamagata in May, expect nights in Sendai to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can catch the train to Semboku.

Things to do in Sendai

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Semboku

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Amida Pond, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Tamagawa Onsen Nature Study Paths, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Ōnuma Hachimantai. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Matsumoto Samurai House, look for gifts at Ando Brewing Kitaura Honkan, then examine the collection at Katakurikan, and finally contemplate the long history of Omoide no Katabunko.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Semboku route planner.

Getting from Sendai to Semboku by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Semboku when traveling from Sendai in May, with lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Aomori.

Things to do in Semboku

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Aomori

— 1 night
Facing Mutsu Bay on the northernmost tip of Honshu, Aomori is a bustling regional capital known for its fresh seafood and modern architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): witness a stunning natural landmark at Manjufukashi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Utou Jinja, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ichinen-ji Temple, then browse the different shops at Auga, and finally boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Aomori travel tool.

You can take a train from Semboku to Aomori in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In May in Aomori, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Aomori

Historic Sites · Shopping · Spas · Nature

Tohoku travel guide

4.1
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.

Aomori Prefecture travel guide

4.1
Bodies of Water · Architectural Buildings · Specialty Museums
Aomori Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Tōhoku region. The capital is the city of Aomori.HistoryUntil the Meiji Restoration, the area of Aomori prefecture was known as the northern part of Mutsu Province.During the Edo period the Hirosaki clan began building a seaport at the current city of Aomori. There were green woods near the city which were used as landmarks for the ships that came into port. These green woods called aoi-mori is where Aomori got its name. The prefecture came into existence in 1871. The town of Aomori was established in 1889. The town was incorporated as a city in 1898 with a population of 28,000. On May 3, 1910, a fire broke out in the Yasukata district. Fanned by strong winds, the fire quickly devastated the whole city. The conflagration claimed 26 lives and injured a further 160 residents. It destroyed 5,246 houses and burnt 19 storage sheds and 157 warehouses. At 10:30 p.m. on July 28, 1945, a squadron of American B29 bombers bombed over 90% of the city.Radio Aomori (RAB) made its first broadcast in 1951. Four years later, the first fish auctions were held. 1958 saw the completion of the Municipal Fish Market as well as the opening of the Citizen's Hospital. In the same year, the Tsugaru Line established a rail connection with Minmaya Village at the tip of the peninsula.

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