8 days in Tohoku Itinerary

8 days in Tohoku Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tohoku vacation planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Niigata Airport, Drive to Aizuwakamatsu
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Aizuwakamatsu
— 1 night
Drive
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Semboku
— 1 night
Train
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Aomori
— 1 night
Train
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Towada
— 1 night
Taxi to Hachinohe, Train to Sendai
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Sendai
— 3 nights
Fly

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Aizuwakamatsu

— 1 night
Rich in culture and history, Aizuwakamatsu has retained much of its traditional character from its days as a feudal capital.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Aizu Old Samurai Residences, explore the historical opulence of Tsuruga jo Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Oyakuen, then steep yourself in history at Sazaedo, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Iimoriyama.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Aizuwakamatsu tour itinerary maker site.

Manila, Philippines to Aizuwakamatsu is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Philippine Standard Time (PST) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 1 hour. In March, Aizuwakamatsu is colder than Manila - with highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Semboku.

Things to do in Aizuwakamatsu

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Semboku

— 1 night
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 8th (Mon), get engrossed in the history at Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum, stop by Samurai District, admire the striking features of Ishiguro Samurai House, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tazawa, and finally indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Semboku online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Aizuwakamatsu to Semboku in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In March, daily temperatures in Semboku can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Aomori.

Things to do in Semboku

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

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 9th (Tue): buy something for everyone on your list at A-FACTORY, make a trip to Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse, examine the collection at Seikan Ferry Memorial Ship Hakkodamaru, then get answers to all your questions at Aomori Prefecture Tourist Centerl ASPAM, and finally make a trip to Aomori Bay Bridge.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Aomori itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Semboku to Aomori by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Semboku in March, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Aomori: temperatures range from 4°C by day to -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Towada.

Things to do in Aomori

Shopping · Museums

Towada

— 1 night
Tucked away among the foothills of the Hakkoda mountain range, Towada tourism revolves around its eponymous lake and the surrounding national park.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Kudan no Taki Waterfall, contemplate the waterfront views at Oirase Mountain Stream, then take in the dramatic scenery at Choshi Otaki Waterfall, then contemplate the waterfront views at Ashura no Nagare, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Hakufu no Taki.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Towada route builder.

Traveling by train from Aomori to Towada takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Aomori in March, Towada is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Sendai.

Things to do in Towada

Parks · Nature

Sendai

— 3 nights
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): stop by Sendai Mediatheque, get engrossed in the history at Zuihoden, contemplate the long history of Sendaijo Ato, make a trip to Jozenji-dori Avenue, then don't miss a visit to Sendai Station, and finally wander the streets of Sunmall Ichibancho. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Godaido, take in the spiritual surroundings of Entsu-in Temple, then take in the waterfront activity at Matsushima Bay, then step off the mainland to explore Fukuurajima, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shiogama Shrine.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Sendai attractions planner.

Getting from Towada to Sendai by combination of taxi and train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Traveling from Towada in March, Sendai is a bit warmer at night with lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

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.