9 days in Tohoku Itinerary

9 days in Tohoku Itinerary

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9 days in Tohoku Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly + Drive:  15 h 30 min
1
Aizuwakamatsu
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 15 min
2
Semboku
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 45 min
3
Towada
— 1 night
Taxi + Train:  2 h
4
Sendai
— 4 nights
Fly:  13 h 30 min
End: Kuala Lumpur

1
night
Aizuwakamatsu

Aizuwakamatsu ©
Rich in culture and history, Aizuwakamatsu has retained much of its traditional character from its days as a feudal capital.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sat): stroll through Iimoriyama, steep yourself in history at Sazaedo, then explore the historical opulence of Tsuruga jo Castle, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castle Tower Local Museum of Wakamatsu Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sun): indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens, stroll through Tonohetsuri, then trek along Keyaki no Mori Walks, and finally stop by Homare Sake Brewrey.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Aizuwakamatsu driving holiday website .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Aizuwakamatsu is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Aizuwakamatsu. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in October: high temperatures in Aizuwakamatsu hover around 20°C and lows are around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Semboku.

Things to do in Aizuwakamatsu

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Tonohetsuri, Keyaki no Mori Walks, Homare Sake Brewrey
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Tsuruga jo Castle ©
Tsuruga jo Castle
Sazaedo ©
Sazaedo
Iimoriyama ©
Iimoriyama

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.
On the 2nd (Mon), soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, explore the activities along Lake Tazawa, then get engrossed in the history at Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum, then wander the streets of Samurai District, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Ando Jozo Brewery Honten.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Semboku itinerary maker site .

Getting from Aizuwakamatsu to Semboku by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of taxi, flight, bus, and train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Towada.

Things to do in Semboku

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Samurai District ©
Samurai District
Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum ©
Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum
Onsen Resorts

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, admire the sheer force of Choshi Otaki Waterfall, contemplate the waterfront views at Oirase Mountain Stream, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kumoi no Taki Waterfall, and finally explore the activities along Oirase River.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Towada trip planning website .

Take a train from Semboku to Towada in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Towada when traveling from Semboku in November, with lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Sendai.

Things to do in Towada

Parks Nature Baths

Side Trip

Oirase River
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Oirase Mountain Stream ©
Oirase Mountain Stream
Choshi Otaki Waterfall ©
Choshi Otaki Waterfall
Onsen Resorts

4
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.
Popular historic sites such as Chuson-ji Temple and Risshaku-ji Temple are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Sendaijo Ato and Chuson-ji Konjiki-do. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sendai: Okama Crater (in Zao-machi), Hiraizumi-cho (Motsu-ji Temple & Takkoku no Iwaya) and Matsushima-machi (Zuiganji, Entsu-in Temple, &more). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Zuihoden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kosho-ji Temple, make a trip to Sendai Station, and wander the streets of Sunmall Ichibancho.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Sendai journey planner.

Getting from Towada to Sendai by combination of taxi and train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In November, daily temperatures in Sendai can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Hiraizumi-cho, Matsushima-machi, Risshaku-ji Temple, Okama Crater
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Chuson-ji Temple ©
Chuson-ji Temple
Sendaijo Ato ©
Sendaijo Ato
Risshaku-ji Temple ©
Risshaku-ji Temple

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