9 days in Tohoku Itinerary

9 days in Tohoku Itinerary

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9 days in Tohoku Itinerary

Start: Johor Bahru
+3
Bus + Subway + Bus + Fly:  20​h 30​min
1
Aomori
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Hiraizumi-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Sendai
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Aizuwakamatsu
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  20​h
End: Johor Bahru

2
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.
Let the collections at Tachineputa No Yakata and Aomori Museum of Art capture your imagination. Do some cultural sightseeing at Seikan Ferry Memorial Ship Hakkodamaru and Shayokan. Explore Aomori's surroundings by going to Misawa Aviation & Science Museum (in Misawa) and Towada (Oirase Mountain Stream & Towada Art Center). And it doesn't end there: buy something for everyone on your list at A-FACTORY, don't miss a visit to Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse, and hunt for treasures at Aomori Gyosai Center Honten.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Aomori online itinerary planner .

Johor Bahru, Malaysia to Aomori is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Malaysia Time to Japan Standard Time is 1 hour. In December, Aomori is cooler than Johor Bahru - with highs of 1°C and lows of -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Hiraizumi-cho.

Things to do in Aomori

Museums Shopping Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Towada, Goshogawara, Misawa Aviation & Science Museum
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Oirase Mountain Stream ©
Oirase Mountain Stream
Tachineputa No Yakata ©
Tachineputa No Yakata
Aomori Museum of Art ©
Aomori Museum of Art

1
night
Hiraizumi-cho

Hiraizumi-cho ©
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Hiraizumi Cultural Heritage Center, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chuson-ji Temple, contemplate the long history of Motsu-ji Temple, appreciate the views at Gembi Valley, then look for gifts at Kakkoya, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Chuson-ji Konjiki-do.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Hiraizumi-cho vacation builder site .

Getting from Aomori to Hiraizumi-cho by car takes about 3.5 hours. December in Hiraizumi-cho sees daily highs of 4°C and lows of -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Sendai.

Things to do in Hiraizumi-cho

Historic Sites Nature Museums

Side Trip

Ichinoseki
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Chuson-ji Temple ©
Chuson-ji Temple
Motsu-ji Temple ©
Motsu-ji Temple
Chuson-ji Konjiki-do ©
Chuson-ji Konjiki-do

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 24th (Tue): get a new perspective on nature at Tohoku University of Natural History, explore the world behind art at The Miyagi Museum of Art, contemplate the long history of Sendaijo Ato, then get engrossed in the history at Sendai City Museum, then explore the galleries of Zuihoden, and finally shop like a local with Sunmall Ichibancho. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zuiganji, get engrossed in the history at Michinoku Date Masamune Historical Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Entsu-in Temple, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Shiogama Seafood Market, and finally examine the collection at Tanabata Museum.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Sendai journey builder site .

You can drive from Hiraizumi-cho to Sendai in 1.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Hiraizumi-cho in December, with highs in Sendai at 8°C and lows at 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Aizuwakamatsu.

Things to do in Sendai

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Matsushima-machi, Shiogama Seafood Market
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Zuihoden ©
Zuihoden
Sendaijo Ato ©
Sendaijo Ato
Entsu-in Temple ©
Entsu-in Temple

2
nights
Aizuwakamatsu

Aizuwakamatsu ©
Rich in culture and history, Aizuwakamatsu has retained much of its traditional character from its days as a feudal capital.
On the 26th (Thu), take in the awesome beauty at Iimoriyama, look for gifts at Aizu Shurakukan, then learn something new at Suzuzen, then step into the grandiose world of Tsuruga Castle, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castle Tower Local Museum of Wakamatsu Castle.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Aizuwakamatsu trip site .

Traveling by car from Sendai to Aizuwakamatsu takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Sendai in December since evenings lows in Aizuwakamatsu dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Aizuwakamatsu

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Tsuruga jo Castle ©
Tsuruga jo Castle
Iimoriyama ©
Iimoriyama

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