13 days in Tohoku Itinerary

13 days in Tohoku Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tohoku tour planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
1
Sendai
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Aizuwakamatsu
— 1 night
Fly
3
Hirosaki
— 3 nights
Train
4
Towada
— 2 nights
Train
5
Semboku
— 1 night
Drive
6
Hiraizumi-cho
— 2 nights
Drive to Sendai Airport, Fly to Tel Aviv

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Sendai

— 2 nights
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 Okama Crater (in Zao-machi), Matsushima-machi (Zuiganji, Entsu-in Temple, &more) and Risshaku-ji Temple (in Yamagata). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Sendai Station, explore the historical opulence of Sendaijo Ato, and pause for some photo ops at Zuihoden.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Sendai day trip planning tool.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Sendai is an approximately 18-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to Sendai. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Tel Aviv in October: high temperatures in Sendai hover around 21°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Aizuwakamatsu.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

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Aizuwakamatsu

— 1 night
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 5th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Sazaedo, step into the grandiose world of Tsuruga jo Castle, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Iimoriyama.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Aizuwakamatsu road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Sendai to Aizuwakamatsu takes 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 your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Hirosaki.

Things to do in Aizuwakamatsu

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
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Hirosaki

— 3 nights
A center of political power during the feudal era, Hirosaki today stands as a hub of culture and history in the north of the island.
Explore Hirosaki's surroundings by going to Aomori (Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse, Sannai-Maruyama Site, &more). There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Shirakami Sanchi, stroll around Hirosaki Park, step into the grandiose world of Hirosaki Castle, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iwakiyama Shrine.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Hirosaki online day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Aizuwakamatsu to Hirosaki takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Aizuwakamatsu in October: high temperatures in Hirosaki hover around 17°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Towada.

Things to do in Hirosaki

Historic Sites · Parks · Baths · Spas

Side Trips

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Towada

— 2 nights
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 9th (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Hakkoda Mountains, then explore the world behind art at Towada Art Center, and then explore the activities along Oirase River. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Choshi Otaki Waterfall, contemplate the waterfront views at Oirase Gorge, and then indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Towada trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by train from Hirosaki to Towada takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Towada when traveling from Hirosaki in October, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Semboku.

Things to do in Towada

Nature · Parks · Baths · Spas

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Semboku

— 1 night
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 11th (Tue), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tazawa, take an in-depth tour of Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum, then wander the streets of Samurai District, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Ishiguro Samurai House.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Semboku trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by train from Towada to Semboku takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Towada in October, Semboku is little chillier at night with lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to Hiraizumi-cho.

Things to do in Semboku

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature · Parks
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Hiraizumi-cho

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Hiraizumi Cultural Heritage Center, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chuson-ji Temple, and then steep yourself in history at Motsu-ji Temple.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Hiraizumi-cho online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Semboku to Hiraizumi-cho takes 2 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Hiraizumi-cho can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. On the 13th (Thu), you're off to home.

Things to do in Hiraizumi-cho

Historic Sites · Museums
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Tohoku travel guide

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Long a poor rural area known for its harsh climate, Tohoku remained off the tourist radar for most of modern Japanese history. Today, tourism in Tohoku remains refreshingly subdued, offering the chance to discover some of the country's finest natural scenery without the crowds. The area encompasses many scenic hot springs, developed ski areas, picturesque lakes, and historic castles and former samurai residences. Tohoku also serves as an ideal spot for that quintessential Japanese activity, the cherry blossom viewing: the trees bloom later here than elsewhere in the country, making the region a great alternative if you arrive a bit late in the season.