39 days in Tohoku Itinerary

39 days in Tohoku Itinerary

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Drive to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Fly to Hakodate Airport, Drive to Towada
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Towada
— 4 nights
Taxi to Hachinohe, Train to Sendai
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Sendai
— 4 nights
Drive
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Yamagata
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tsuruoka
— 4 nights
Drive
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Aizuwakamatsu
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kitashiobara-mura
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hiraizumi-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Semboku
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hachimantai
— 4 nights
Drive
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Hirosaki
— 4 nights
Drive
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Aomori
— 4 nights
Fly

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Towada

Tucked away among the foothills of the Hakkoda mountain range, Towada tourism revolves around its eponymous lake and the surrounding national park.
Towada is known for nature, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Oirase Mountain Stream, explore the world behind art at Towada Art Center, take in the dramatic scenery at Choshi Otaki Waterfall, and see Guriland.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Towada road trip planner.

Washington DC, USA to Towada is an approximately 27-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Towada is 14 hours. While traveling from Washington DC, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Towada, ranging from highs of 60°F to lows of 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sendai.

Things to do in Towada

Parks · Nature · Museums · Baths

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 24 — 28:

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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: Osaki (Thermal Spas & Naruko Valley), Umanose (in Rifu-cho) and Matsushima-machi (Fukuurabashi Bridge, Boat Tours & Water Sports, &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Sendaijo Ato, make a trip to Osaki Hachiman Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shiogama Shrine, and get engrossed in the history at Sendai City Museum.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Sendai trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and train from Towada to Sendai takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Towada in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Sendai, with lows of 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can go by car to Yamagata.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 28 — Nov 1:

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Yamagata

The town of Yamagata and its surrounding prefecture have a wealth of attractions, both man-made and natural.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Yamagata: Asobia Land (in Higashine), Michinoku Lakeside National Government Park (in Kawasaki-machi) and Chonen-ji Temple (in Sagae). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Risshaku-ji Temple, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Katta, contemplate the long history of Old Horikiri House, and don't miss a visit to Uesugi Family Byosho Graves.

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Traveling by car from Sendai to Yamagata takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Sendai in November, expect slightly colder with lows of 40°F in Yamagata. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Tsuruoka.

Things to do in Yamagata

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 1 — 5:

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Tsuruoka

Tsuruoka, famous for its scenic surroundings, attracts tourists due to its proximity to the Dewa Sanzan, sacred mountains revered by the Shugendo religion.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tsuruoka: Sakata (Sankyo Soko Storehouse, Somaro, &more), Mt. Gassan (in Shonai-machi) and Doharataki Fall (in Yuza-machi). And it doesn't end there: observe the fascinating underwater world at Tsuruoka City Kamo Aquarium, contemplate the long history of Mt.Haguro- Dewasanzan Sanjin Gosaiden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yudonosan Shrine, and don't miss a visit to Tamugimata Layered Housing.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Tsuruoka tour planner.

You can drive from Yamagata to Tsuruoka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November, daytime highs in Tsuruoka are 54°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to drive to Aizuwakamatsu.

Things to do in Tsuruoka

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 5 — 9:

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Aizuwakamatsu

Rich in culture and history, Aizuwakamatsu has retained much of its traditional character from its days as a feudal capital.
Explore Aizuwakamatsu's surroundings by going to Shimogo-machi (Ouchijuku & Tonohetsuri), Nihonmatsu (Mount Adatara & The ruins of Nihonmatsu Castle) and Inawashiro-machi (Kannonji River & Sakura Trees Along Kannonji River). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Tsuruga jo Castle, make a trip to Nanokamachidori, steep yourself in history at Kaihi Clinic Trail, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Iimoriyama.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Aizuwakamatsu day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Tsuruoka to Aizuwakamatsu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. November in Aizuwakamatsu sees daily highs of 53°F and lows of 40°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can go by car to Kitashiobara-mura.

Things to do in Aizuwakamatsu

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 9 — 12:

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Kitashiobara-mura

Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Akanuma, explore the activities along Goshikinuma Lake, explore the activities along Lake Hibara, then admire the masterpieces at Morohashi Museum of Modern Art, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Hanitsu Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a memorable drive along Nishiazuma Sky Valley, take a tour by water with Bandai Kankosen Lake Cruise in Hibara, explore the activities along Bentennuma, take in the dramatic scenery at Fudo Falls, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Azuma Mountain Range, and finally stop by Tengendai Lift.

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Getting from Aizuwakamatsu to Kitashiobara-mura by car takes about 1.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 53°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Hiraizumi-cho.

Things to do in Kitashiobara-mura

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 12 — 14:

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Hiraizumi-cho

On the 15th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Motsu-ji Temple, get engrossed in the history at Hiraizumi Cultural Heritage Center, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chuson-ji Konjiki-do, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chuson-ji Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kyu Oi-do. Keep things going the next day: take a memorable drive along Kurikoma Pass, steep yourself in history at Yanagi no Gosho Site, contemplate the long history of Takadachi Gikeido, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Takkoku no Iwaya, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hakusan Shrine.

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Traveling by car from Kitashiobara-mura to Hiraizumi-cho takes 3.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 51°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can drive to Semboku.

Things to do in Hiraizumi-cho

Historic Sites · Museums · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 14 — 16:

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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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum, take a stroll through Samurai District, admire the landmark architecture of Ishiguro Samurai House, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Tazawa, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gozanoishi Shrine. Keep things going the next day: soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Akita Komagatake, explore the activities along Amida Pond, then snap pictures at Yugaose Bridge, then get advice or help at Moriokamachiya Monogatarikan, and finally stop by Lala Iwate, Morioka.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Semboku day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Hiraizumi-cho to Semboku takes 2 hours. November in Semboku sees daily highs of 50°F and lows of 38°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to Hachimantai.

Things to do in Semboku

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 16 — 18:

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Hachimantai

Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hachimantai: Komata Valley (in Kitaakita), Morioka (Oro Park (Morioka Keibajo), Sakurayama Shrine, &more) and Mt. Iwate (in Shizukuishi-cho).

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Hachimantai trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Semboku to Hachimantai in 1.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 51°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Hirosaki.

Things to do in Hachimantai

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 18 — 22:

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Hirosaki

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Fukaura-machi (The Hill with Windmill Shirakami Observation Deck & Lake Juniko). And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Shirakami Sanchi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Iwakiyama Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Kuroishi Fire Brigade 3rd Minute Fire Station, and soak in some Japanese tradition at Dake Onsenkyo.

To see photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Hirosaki attractions tool.

You can drive from Hachimantai to Hirosaki in 2 hours. In November, daytime highs in Hirosaki are 47°F, while nighttime lows are 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Aomori.

Things to do in Hirosaki

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 22 — 26:

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Aomori

Facing Mutsu Bay on the northernmost tip of Honshu, Aomori is a bustling regional capital known for its fresh seafood and modern architecture.
Step out of Aomori with an excursion to Tappizaki Cape in Sotogahama-machi--about 1h 50 min away. There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Tashirotai Heights, snap pictures at Jogakura Bridge, and get your bearings at Aomori Prefecture Tourist Centerl ASPAM.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Aomori itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Hirosaki to Aomori takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Aomori can reach 47°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Aomori

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 26 — 30:

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.