8 days in Tohoku Itinerary

8 days in Tohoku Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  15 h 30 min
1
Sendai
— 2 nights
Train + Taxi:  2 h
2
Towada
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
3
Hirosaki
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Semboku
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
5
Hiraizumi-cho
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  17 h 45 min
End: Melbourne

2
nights
Sendai

Sendai ©
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 17th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Osaki Hachiman Shrine, get engrossed in the history at Sendai City Museum, step into the grandiose world of Sendaijo Ato, then get engrossed in the history at Zuihoden, then wander the streets of Sunmall Ichibancho, and finally don't miss a visit to Sendai Station. On your second day here, make a trip to Godaido, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the spiritual surroundings of Entsu-in Temple, then go for a stroll along the water at Matsushima Bay, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Zuiganji, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Shiogama Shrine.

For traveler tips and more tourist information, you can read our Sendai travel route planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Sendai is an approximately 15.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Sendai is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Melbourne in March, you will find days in Sendai are colder (10°C), and nights are little chillier (7°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Towada.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Matsushima-machi, Shiogama Shrine
Highlights from your plan
Sendaijo Ato ©
Sendaijo Ato
Sendai Station ©
Sendai Station
Entsu-in Temple ©
Entsu-in Temple

1
night
Towada

Towada ©
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 19th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Towada Art Center, explore the activities along Ashura no Nagare, contemplate the waterfront views at Kumoi no Taki Waterfall, then admire the sheer force of Choshi Otaki Waterfall, then explore the activities along Oirase Mountain Stream, and finally admire the sheer force of Kudan no Taki Waterfall.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Towada trip itinerary maker tool.

You can do a combination of train and taxi from Sendai to Towada in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Sendai in March; daily highs in Towada reach 7°C and lows reach 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Hirosaki.

Things to do in Towada

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Oirase Mountain Stream ©
Oirase Mountain Stream
Choshi Otaki Waterfall ©
Choshi Otaki Waterfall
Towada Art Center ©
Towada Art Center

1
night
Hirosaki

Hirosaki ©
A center of political power during the feudal era, Hirosaki today stands as a hub of culture and history in the north of the island.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Hirosaki Castle, stroll around Hirosaki Park, look for gifts at Omoide Shop Sakura House, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Iwaki, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Iwakiyama Shrine.

To find maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Hirosaki route planner.

Traveling by car from Towada to Hirosaki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Towada in March, Hirosaki is little chillier at night with lows of -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Semboku.

Things to do in Hirosaki

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Hirosaki Castle ©
Hirosaki Castle
Hirosaki Park ©
Hirosaki Park
Mt. Iwaki ©
Mt. Iwaki

1
night
Semboku

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): take in the pleasant sights at Hinokinaigawa Kasen Ryokuchi, explore the galleries of Ishiguro Samurai House, visit Samurai District, then take an in-depth tour of Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum, then explore the activities along Lake Tazawa, and finally indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Semboku online travel route builder.

Traveling by car from Hirosaki to Semboku takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in March, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Hiraizumi-cho.

Things to do in Semboku

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Samurai District ©
Samurai District
Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum ©
Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum
Lake Tazawa
Lake Tazawa

2
nights
Hiraizumi-cho

Hiraizumi-cho ©
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): steep yourself in history at Motsu-ji Temple, get engrossed in the history at Hiraizumi Cultural Heritage Center, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kyu Oi-do, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chuson-ji Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chuson-ji Konjiki-do, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takkoku no Iwaya.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Hiraizumi-cho online tour itinerary maker.

Getting from Semboku to Hiraizumi-cho by car takes about 2 hours. March in Hiraizumi-cho sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hiraizumi-cho

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Chuson-ji Temple ©
Chuson-ji Temple
Motsu-ji Temple ©
Motsu-ji Temple
Takkoku no Iwaya ©
Takkoku no Iwaya