8 days in Tohoku Itinerary

8 days in Tohoku Itinerary

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8 days in Tohoku Itinerary

Start: Sendai
train:  1​h 15​min
1
Semboku
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Oga
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Tsuruoka
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Fukushima
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Sendai
— 1 night
End: Sendai

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 5th (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Akita Komagatake and then appreciate the views at Dakigaeri Valley. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Ishiguro Samurai House, then sample the tasty concoctions at Ando Jozo Brewery Honten, and then wander the streets of Kakunodate.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Semboku trip website .

Sendai to Semboku is an approximately 1.5-hour train ride. You can also drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Sendai in September since evenings lows in Semboku dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can drive to Oga.

Things to do in Semboku

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Dakigaeri Valley ©
Dakigaeri Valley
Mt. Akita Komagatake ©
Mt. Akita Komagatake
Ishiguro Samurai House ©
Ishiguro Samurai House

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night
Oga

Oga ©
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 7th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Ogashinzan Traditional Museum, examine the collection at Namahage Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shinzan Shrine, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Kampu, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Sky Park Kanpuzan Kaiten Observatory Deck.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Oga online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Semboku to Oga in 2 hours. In September in Oga, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Tsuruoka.

Things to do in Oga

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Ogashinzan Traditional Museum ©
Ogashinzan Traditional Museum
Mt. Kampu ©
Mt. Kampu
Shinzan Shrine ©
Shinzan Shrine

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nights
Tsuruoka

Tsuruoka ©
Tsuruoka, famous for its scenic surroundings, attracts tourists due to its proximity to the Dewa Sanzan, sacred mountains revered by the Shugendo religion.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Yudonosan Shrine and Ideha Shrine. Step out of the city life by going to Mt. Gassan and Midagahara Wetlands. Go for a jaunt from Tsuruoka to Sakata to see Ken Domon Museum of Photography about 34 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Fujiswa Shuhei Memorial Museum, make a trip to Previsouly Tsuruoka Plice Station, steep yourself in history at Hagurosan Five-Story Pagoda, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tsuruoka Gokoku Shrine.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Tsuruoka online trip builder .

You can drive from Oga to Tsuruoka in 3 hours. In September, daytime highs in Tsuruoka are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Fukushima.

Things to do in Tsuruoka

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Mt. Gassan, Ken Domon Museum of Photography
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Mt. Haguro ©
Mt. Haguro
Ken Domon Museum of Photography ©
Ken Domon Museum of Photography
Fujiswa Shuhei Memorial Museum ©
Fujiswa Shuhei Memorial Museum

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night
Fukushima

Fukushima ©
Fukushima is the capital city of Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): admire the verdant scenery at Fudosawa Bridge / Tsubakurodani, then get impressive views of Azuma Kofuji, and then contemplate the long history of Old Horikiri House.

For reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Fukushima trip planning tool .

Getting from Tsuruoka to Fukushima by car takes about 3 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Fukushima can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can drive to Sendai.

Things to do in Fukushima

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Azuma Kofuji ©
Azuma Kofuji

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Sendai

Sendai ©
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
On the 12th (Thu), take in the dramatic scenery at Akiu Fall, soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, and then admire the verdant scenery at Rairaikyo Gorge.

To find traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Sendai tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Fukushima to Sendai in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Fukushima in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Sendai, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sendai

Parks Nature Baths
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Rairaikyo Gorge ©
Rairaikyo Gorge
Akiu Fall ©
Akiu Fall
Onsen Resorts

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