21 days in Tohoku Itinerary

21 days in Tohoku Itinerary

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

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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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Funaoka Castle Ruins, then walk around Michinoku Lakeside National Government Park, and then admire the verdant scenery at Rairaikyo Gorge. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Rinnoji Temple, get to know the resident critters at Yagiyama Zoological Park, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takekoma Shrine.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Sendai journey planning tool.

Sydney, Australia to Sendai is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight, tram, and train. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or fly. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Sydney in September since evenings lows in Sendai dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to drive to Hiraizumi-cho.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Side Trips

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Hiraizumi-cho

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Hakusan Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Takkoku no Iwaya, and then get engrossed in the history at Hiraizumi Cultural Heritage Center.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Hiraizumi-cho attractions planning site.

You can drive from Sendai to Hiraizumi-cho in 1.5 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Sendai in September since evenings lows in Hiraizumi-cho dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Tsuruoka.

Things to do in Hiraizumi-cho

Historic Sites · Museums
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Tsuruoka

— 4 nights
Tsuruoka, famous for its scenic surroundings, attracts tourists due to its proximity to the Dewa Sanzan, sacred mountains revered by the Shugendo religion.
Step off the beaten path and head to Yudonosan Shrine and Tsuruoka Roman Catholic Church. Visit Ideha Shrine and Mt.Haguro- Dewasanzan Sanjin Gosaiden for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Tsuruoka side-trips: Mt. Gassan (in Shonai-machi) and Sakata (Ken Domon Museum of Photography, Kaikoji Temple, &more). There's more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zenpoji and get to know the fascinating history of Mt.Haguro- Cedat Trees along the Approach.

To see reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Tsuruoka trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hiraizumi-cho to Tsuruoka takes 3.5 hours. September in Tsuruoka sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Oga.

Things to do in Tsuruoka

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

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Oga

— 2 nights
Oga is a city located in Akita Prefecture, Japan.As of May 2015, the city has an estimated population of 29,318, and a population density of 122 persons per km2. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shinzan Shrine, then get engrossed in the history at Ogashinzan Traditional Museum, and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Oga Aquarium Gao. On the 4th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Kampu, get to know the fascinating history of Nanohana Road, and then get your bearings at Tenno Green Land /Michi-no-Eki Tenno.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Oga sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Tsuruoka to Oga takes 3 hours. In October in Oga, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Hirosaki.

Things to do in Oga

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Side Trips

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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.
Choshoji Temple and Iwakiyama Shrine are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as Shirakami Sanchi and Western Style Architecture. Take a break from Hirosaki with a short trip to Shayokan in Goshogawara, about 58 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Saishoin Temple, walk around Hirosaki Apple Park, and take in nature's colorful creations at Fujita Memorial Japanese Garden.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Hirosaki journey maker website.

Traveling by car from Oga to Hirosaki takes 3 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Mutsu.

Things to do in Hirosaki

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

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Mutsu

— 2 nights
Mutsu is a city located in Aomori Prefecture, Japan., the city had an estimated population of 59,807, and a population density of 69.2 persons per km², in 29,304 households. On the 8th (Sat), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Usoriyama, explore the activities along Yagen River, and then soak in some Japanese tradition at Shimofuro Onsen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Mt. Osore Sai no Kawara, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mt. Osore Bodaiji Temple, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Kamafuseyama Observatory.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Mutsu trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hirosaki to Mutsu takes 3 hours. Traveling from Hirosaki in October, expect a bit warmer with lows of 14°C in Mutsu. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to drive to Towada.

Things to do in Mutsu

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Spas

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Kumoi no Taki Waterfall, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Towada Shrine, and then soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Oirase River, engage your brain at Misawa Aviation & Science Museum, and then stop by Sky Plaza MISAWA.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Towada route planner.

Traveling by car from Mutsu to Towada takes 2 hours. In October in Towada, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Semboku.

Things to do in Towada

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trips

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Semboku

— 4 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Hōon-ji Temple and Mt. Akita Komagatake. Do some cultural sightseeing at Gozanoishi Shrine and Omoide no Katabunko. Change things up with a short trip to Iwate Museum of Art in Morioka (about 54 minutes away). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Kakunodate, contemplate the long history of Ishiguro Samurai House, appreciate the views at Dakigaeri Valley, and examine the collection at Katakurikan.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Semboku tour planner.

Traveling by train from Towada to Semboku takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Towada in October, Semboku is a bit cooler at night with lows of 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Semboku

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Nature

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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.