8 days in Tokyo & Tohoku Itinerary

8 days in Tokyo & Tohoku Itinerary

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8 days in Tokyo & Tohoku Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  11​h
1
Tokyo
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 45​min
2
Yamagata
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Hiraizumi-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Hachimantai
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  15​h
End: Singapore

3
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
You'll explore and learn at KidZania Tokyo and Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kanda Myojin and Nezu Shrine. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Kiyose Sunflower Farm (in Kiyose), Samukawa Shrine (in Samukawa-machi) and Yokohama Nature Sanctuary (in Sakae). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asakusa Shrine, look for all kinds of wild species at Tokyo Port Wildbird Park, contemplate the long history of Hie Jinjya, and walk around Mejiro no Mori.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Tokyo holiday website .

Singapore, Singapore to Tokyo is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Singapore Time to Japan Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Singapore in December, expect Tokyo to be cooler, temps between 14°C and 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Yamagata.

Things to do in Tokyo

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Samukawa Shrine, Yokohama Nature Sanctuary, Kiyose Sunflower Farm
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KidZania Tokyo ©
KidZania Tokyo
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine

1
night
Yamagata

Yamagata ©
The town of Yamagata and its surrounding prefecture have a wealth of attractions, both man-made and natural.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Risshaku-ji Temple, admire the striking features of Bunshokan, then make a trip to Frost Covered Trees of Zao, then get outside with Yamagata Zao Onsen Ski Resort, and finally test the waters at a local thermal spa.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Yamagata day trip planner .

Traveling by train from Tokyo to Yamagata takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In December, Yamagata is a bit cooler than Tokyo - with highs of 4°C and lows of 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Hiraizumi-cho.

Things to do in Yamagata

Outdoors Spas Historic Sites
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Yamagata Zao Onsen Ski Resort ©
Yamagata Zao Onsen Ski Resort
Risshaku-ji Temple ©
Risshaku-ji Temple
Frost Covered Trees of Zao ©
Frost Covered Trees of Zao

1
night
Hiraizumi-cho

Hiraizumi-cho ©
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Takkoku no Iwaya, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chuson-ji Konjiki-do, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chuson-ji Temple.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Hiraizumi-cho online driving holiday planner .

Getting from Yamagata to Hiraizumi-cho by car takes about 2 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Hiraizumi-cho can reach 4°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Hachimantai.

Things to do in Hiraizumi-cho

Historic Sites
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Chuson-ji Temple ©
Chuson-ji Temple
Chuson-ji Konjiki-do ©
Chuson-ji Konjiki-do
Takkoku no Iwaya ©
Takkoku no Iwaya

2
nights
Hachimantai

Hachimantai ©
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Mt. Iwate Yakehashiri Lava Flow, get outside with Hachimantai Resort Panorama Ski Resort, fly down the slopes at Appi Kogen Ski Resort, then look for all kinds of wild species at Kuroyachi Wetland, and finally make a trip to Hachimandaira Promenade Peak.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Hachimantai day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Hiraizumi-cho to Hachimantai takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 4°C in December, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hachimantai

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Appi Kogen Ski Resort ©
Appi Kogen Ski Resort

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