21 days in Tohoku Itinerary

21 days in Tohoku Itinerary

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Fly to Akita Airport, Drive to Semboku
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Semboku
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hiraizumi-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Towada
— 2 nights
Drive
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Aomori
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hirosaki
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tsuruoka
— 3 nights
Drive
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Aizuwakamatsu
— 1 night
Drive
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Sendai
— 4 nights
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Train to Hamamatsucho, Tram to Tokyo Haneda, Fly to Sydney

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Semboku

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): admire the striking features of Ishiguro Samurai House, then take a stroll through Samurai District, then get engrossed in the history at Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tazawa. On your second day here, experience rural life at Koiwai Farm, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Akita Komagatake, and then soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Semboku trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Semboku is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Sydney in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Semboku, with lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can drive to Hiraizumi-cho.

Things to do in Semboku

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 25 — 27:

Hiraizumi-cho

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chuson-ji Konjiki-do, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chuson-ji Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakusan Shrine. On the 29th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takkoku no Iwaya, then take an in-depth tour of Hiraizumi Cultural Heritage Center, and then contemplate the long history of Motsu-ji Temple.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Hiraizumi-cho day trip website.

Traveling by car from Semboku to Hiraizumi-cho takes 2 hours. September in Hiraizumi-cho sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Towada.

Things to do in Hiraizumi-cho

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 27 — 29:

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.
On the 30th (Fri), take in the dramatic scenery at Hakufu no Taki, then contemplate the waterfront views at Oirase Gorge, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Choshi Otaki Waterfall. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Towada Art Center, then get curious at Misawa Aviation & Science Museum, and then explore the activities along Oirase River.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Towada travel planner.

Getting from Hiraizumi-cho to Towada by car takes about 3.5 hours. When traveling from Hiraizumi-cho in September, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Towada: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Aomori.

Things to do in Towada

Nature · Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 1:

Aomori

— 3 nights
Facing Mutsu Bay on the northernmost tip of Honshu, Aomori is a bustling regional capital known for its fresh seafood and modern architecture.
Change things up with a short trip to Shayokan in Goshogawara (about 52 minutes away). The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Sannai-Maruyama Site, get outside with Hakkoda Odake, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hakkoda Mountains, and admire the masterpieces at Aomori Museum of Art.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Aomori itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Towada to Aomori takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Towada in October since evenings lows in Aomori dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Hirosaki.

Things to do in Aomori

Museums · Nature · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 1 — 4:

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.
When in Hirosaki, make a side trip to see Tomeyama in Happo-cho, approximately Happo-cho away. The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Shirakami Sanchi, admire the natural beauty at Fujita Memorial Japanese Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Iwakiyama Shrine, and stroll around Hirosaki Park.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Hirosaki route builder.

Getting from Aomori to Hirosaki by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. October in Hirosaki sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to drive to Tsuruoka.

Things to do in Hirosaki

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 4 — 7:

Tsuruoka

— 3 nights
Tsuruoka, famous for its scenic surroundings, attracts tourists due to its proximity to the Dewa Sanzan, sacred mountains revered by the Shugendo religion.
Venture out of the city with trips to Sakata (Sankyo Soko Storehouse & Ken Domon Museum of Photography) and Mt. Gassan (in Shonai-machi). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Mt. Haguro, meet the residents at Tsuruoka City Kamo Aquarium, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ideha Shrine, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Mt.Haguro- Cedat Trees along the Approach.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Tsuruoka online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Hirosaki to Tsuruoka takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hirosaki in October: high temperatures in Tsuruoka hover around 21°C and lows are around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Aizuwakamatsu.

Things to do in Tsuruoka

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 7 — 10:

Aizuwakamatsu

— 1 night
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 (Tue): steep yourself in history at Sazaedo, then explore the historical opulence of Tsuruga jo Castle, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Iimoriyama.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Aizuwakamatsu trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Tsuruoka to Aizuwakamatsu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can drive to Sendai.

Things to do in Aizuwakamatsu

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 11:

Sendai

— 4 nights
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
Venture out of the city with trips to Matsushima-machi (Michinoku Date Masamune Historical Museum, Entsu-in Temple, &more), Okama Crater (in Zao-machi) and Risshaku-ji Temple (in Yamagata). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Sendai Station, take an in-depth tour of Zuihoden, and contemplate the long history of Sendaijo Ato.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Sendai trip website.

Traveling by car from Aizuwakamatsu to Sendai takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Aizuwakamatsu in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in Sendai, with lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 11 — 15:

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.