9 days in Tohoku Itinerary

9 days in Tohoku Itinerary

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9 days in Tohoku Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
Drive:  3​h 30​min
1
Aizuwakamatsu
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Sendai
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Hiraizumi-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Semboku
— 1 night
Train:  2​h 30​min
5
Aomori
— 3 nights
Train:  3​h 30​min
End: Tokyo

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Aizuwakamatsu

Aizuwakamatsu ©
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 11th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Iimoriyama, step into the grandiose world of Tsuruga Castle, and then make a trip to Sazaedo.

To find reviews and tourist information, read our Aizuwakamatsu trip planner .

Tokyo to Aizuwakamatsu is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in January, expect Aizuwakamatsu to be little chillier, temps between 3°C and -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can go by car to Sendai.

Things to do in Aizuwakamatsu

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Tsuruga jo Castle ©
Tsuruga jo Castle
Sazaedo ©
Sazaedo
Iimoriyama ©
Iimoriyama

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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.
Explore Sendai's surroundings by going to Matsushima-machi (Godaido, Matsushima Bay, & more), Shiogama Shrine (in Shiogama) and Yamagata (Yamagata Zao Onsen Ski Resort & Risshaku-ji Temple). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Sendaijo Ato, indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, browse the exhibits of Zuihoden, and sample the fine beverages at Nikka Whisky Sendai Factory Miyagikyo Distillery.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Sendai driving holiday planning app .

You can drive from Aizuwakamatsu to Sendai in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Sendai when traveling from Aizuwakamatsu in January, with lows around 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to Hiraizumi-cho.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites Parks Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Matsushima-machi, Yamagata, Onsen Resorts, Shiogama Shrine
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Sendaijo Ato ©
Sendaijo Ato
Risshaku-ji Temple ©
Risshaku-ji Temple
Yamagata Zao Onsen Ski Resort ©
Yamagata Zao Onsen Ski Resort

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Hiraizumi-cho

Hiraizumi-cho ©
On the 15th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Motsu-ji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chuson-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Takkoku no Iwaya, then appreciate the views at Gembi Valley, then stop by Kakkoya, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chuson-ji Konjiki-do.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Hiraizumi-cho road trip planning website .

Getting from Sendai to Hiraizumi-cho by car takes about 1.5 hours. In January, Hiraizumi-cho is little chillier than Sendai - with highs of 1°C and lows of -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can go by car to Semboku.

Things to do in Hiraizumi-cho

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Ichinoseki
Highlights from your plan
Chuson-ji Temple ©
Chuson-ji Temple
Motsu-ji Temple ©
Motsu-ji Temple
Takkoku no Iwaya ©
Takkoku no Iwaya

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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 16th (Thu): admire the striking features of Ishiguro Samurai House, take a stroll through Samurai District, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tazawa, then head outdoors with Tazawako Ski Resort, and finally indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

Plan trip to Semboku with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Hiraizumi-cho to Semboku in 2 hours. January in Semboku sees daily highs of 1°C and lows of -3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Aomori.

Things to do in Semboku

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Lake Tazawa
Lake Tazawa
Samurai District ©
Samurai District
Onsen Resorts

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nights
Aomori

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 17th (Fri): explore the activities along Oirase Mountain Stream, then take in the dramatic scenery at Kudan no Taki Waterfall, and then explore the historical opulence of Hirosaki Castle. On your second day here, stroll around Hirosaki Park, explore the world behind art at Aomori Museum of Art, get to know the fascinating history of Sannai-Maruyama Ruins, then examine the collection at Seikan Ferry Memorial Ship Hakkodamaru, and finally make a trip to Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Aomori trip planner .

Getting from Semboku to Aomori by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. In January, daily temperatures in Aomori can reach -1°C, while at night they dip to -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sun) to allow time for the train ride back home.

Things to do in Aomori

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Hirosaki, Towada
Highlights from your plan
Oirase Mountain Stream ©
Oirase Mountain Stream
Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse ©
Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse
Hirosaki Castle ©
Hirosaki Castle

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