10 days in Tohoku Itinerary

10 days in Tohoku Itinerary

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10 days in Tohoku Itinerary

Start: Bangkok
Fly:  11​h
1
Sendai
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Aizuwakamatsu
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Hiraizumi-cho
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Semboku
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Aomori
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Bangkok

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sendai: Zao-machi (Mt. Katta, O-torii, & more), Matsushima-machi (Matsushima Bay, Godaido, & more) and Risshaku-ji Temple (in Yamagata). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Sendai Castle (Aoba Castle), don't miss a visit to Jozenji-dori Avenue, see the interesting displays at Tanabata Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Zuihoden.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Sendai route app .

Bangkok, Thailand to Sendai is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Bangkok to Sendai due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Bangkok in October, plan for colder days in Sendai, with highs around 21°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Aizuwakamatsu.

Things to do in Sendai

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Matsushima-machi, Zao-machi, JR Higashi Nihon Shinkansen Sogo Sharyo Center PR Center, Risshaku-ji Temple
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Matsushima Bay ©
Matsushima Bay
Sendai Castle (Aoba Castle) ©
Sendai Castle (Aoba Castle)
Risshaku-ji Temple ©
Risshaku-ji Temple

1
night
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 27th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Tsuruga Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Oyakuen, contemplate the long history of Sazaedo, then don't miss a visit to Iimoriyama, and finally admire the striking features of Aizu Old Samurai Residences.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Aizuwakamatsu online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Sendai to Aizuwakamatsu in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Sendai in October since evenings lows in Aizuwakamatsu dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Hiraizumi-cho.

Things to do in Aizuwakamatsu

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

1
night
Hiraizumi-cho

Hiraizumi-cho ©
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): appreciate the views at Gembi Valley, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takkoku no Iwaya, then contemplate the long history of Motsuji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Chuson-ji Temple.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Hiraizumi-cho trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Aizuwakamatsu to Hiraizumi-cho takes 3.5 hours. October in Hiraizumi-cho sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Semboku.

Things to do in Hiraizumi-cho

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Gembi Valley
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Chuson-ji Temple ©
Chuson-ji Temple
Motsuji Temple ©
Motsuji Temple
Gembi Valley ©
Gembi Valley

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 29th (Tue): explore the activities along Lake Tazawa, get engrossed in the history at Ishiguro Samurai House, take an in-depth tour of Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Kakunodate Samurai House Museum, and finally take a stroll through Samurai District.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Semboku trip planner .

Traveling by car from Hiraizumi-cho to Semboku takes 2 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Aomori.

Things to do in Semboku

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum ©
Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum
Lake Tazawa
Lake Tazawa
Ishiguro Samurai House ©
Ishiguro Samurai House

3
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Oirase Mountain Stream (in Towada) and Hirosaki (Hirosaki Park & Hirosaki Castle). There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse, explore the world behind art at Aomori Museum of Art, appreciate the extensive heritage of Sannai-Maruyama Ruins, and contemplate the waterfront views at Oirase River.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Aomori online tour planner .

Traveling by train from Semboku to Aomori takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daily temperatures in Aomori can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. On the 1st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Aomori

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hirosaki, Oirase Mountain Stream, Oirase River
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Oirase Mountain Stream ©
Oirase Mountain Stream
Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse ©
Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse
Hirosaki Castle ©
Hirosaki Castle
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