12 days in Tohoku Itinerary

12 days in Tohoku Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Aizuwakamatsu
— Few hours
2
Yamagata
— 1 night
3
Sendai
— 2 nights
4
Semboku
— 2 nights
5
Hirosaki
— 2 nights
6
Aomori
— 2 nights
7
Towada
— 2 nights

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Aizuwakamatsu

Aizuwakamatsu ©
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 27th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Castle Tower Local Museum of Wakamatsu Castle, step into the grandiose world of Tsuruga jo Castle, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Iimoriyama.

To find reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Aizuwakamatsu trip tool.

Tokyo to Aizuwakamatsu is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Tokyo in June, expect Aizuwakamatsu to be a bit cooler, temps between °C and °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Yamagata.

Things to do in Aizuwakamatsu

Historic Sites Nature Museums
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Tsuruga jo Castle ©
Tsuruga jo Castle
Iimoriyama ©
Iimoriyama

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Yamagata

Yamagata ©
The town of Yamagata and its surrounding prefecture have a wealth of attractions, both man-made and natural.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): make a trip to Large Ginkgo Tree in Yamadera, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Risshaku-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Yamadera Senju-in Temple, thentest the waters at a local thermal spa, and finally stroll around Kajo Park.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Yamagata day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Aizuwakamatsu to Yamagata takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around °C in June, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can go by car to Sendai.

Things to do in Yamagata

Historic Sites Spas Parks
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Risshaku-ji Temple ©
Risshaku-ji Temple
Thermal Spas
Kajo Park ©
Kajo Park

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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 29th (Mon), explore the activities along Hirose River, explore the historical opulence of Sendaijo Ato, step into the grandiose world of Aoba Castle Museum, take an in-depth tour of Zuihoden, thenmake a trip to Sendai Station, and finally don't miss a visit to Jozenji-dori Avenue. On the 30th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shiogama Shrine, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, thentake in the waterfront activity at Matsushima Bay, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Entsu-in Temple, and finally steep yourself in history at Godaido.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Sendai trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Yamagata to Sendai in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Yamagata in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Sendai, with highs around °C, while nights are about the same with lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Semboku.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Matsushima-machi, Shiogama Shrine
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Sendaijo Ato ©
Sendaijo Ato
Matsushima Bay ©
Matsushima Bay
Entsu-in Temple ©
Entsu-in Temple

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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.
On the 1st (Wed), see the interesting displays at Kakunodate Birch Textile Museum, admire the striking features of Ishiguro Samurai House, get to know the fascinating history of Samurai District, thentake an in-depth tour of Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum, thenindulge your thirst for a good beer at Ando Jozo Brewery Honten, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Akita Komagatake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Koiwai Farm, thenexplore the activities along Lake Tazawa, and then soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Semboku trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Sendai to Semboku by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Sendai in June, plan for a bit cooler nights in Semboku, with lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Hirosaki.

Things to do in Semboku

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Koiwai Farm
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Lake Tazawa
Lake Tazawa
Samurai District ©
Samurai District
Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum ©
Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum

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Hirosaki

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.
On the 3rd (Fri), explore the historical opulence of Hirosaki Castle, walk around Hirosaki Park, thenadmire the natural beauty at Fujita Memorial Japanese Garden, thendon't miss a visit to Hirosaki Food Market, Niji no Mart, and finally stop by Omoide Shop Sakura House. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Choshoji Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iwakiyama Shrine, thensee the interesting displays at Tachineputa No Yakata, and finally don't miss a visit to Neputa Display Hall.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Hirosaki day trip planner.

You can drive from Semboku to Hirosaki in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Aomori.

Things to do in Hirosaki

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Neputa Display Hall, Tachineputa No Yakata
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Hirosaki Castle ©
Hirosaki Castle
Tachineputa No Yakata ©
Tachineputa No Yakata
Hirosaki Park ©
Hirosaki Park

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Aomori

Aomori ©
Facing Mutsu Bay on the northernmost tip of Honshu, Aomori is a bustling regional capital known for its fresh seafood and modern architecture.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Aomori Museum of Art, delve into the distant past at Sannai-Maruyama Site, make a trip to Jomon Jiyukan, examine the collection at Seikan Ferry Memorial Ship Hakkodamaru, thenadmire the landmark architecture of Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Utou Jinja. On the next day, take in the views from Aomori Bay Bridge, get answers to all your questions at Aomori Prefecture Tourist Centerl ASPAM, hunt for treasures at Aomori Gyosai Center Honten, thenbuy something for everyone on your list at A-FACTORY, and finally go for a stroll along the water at Aomori Port.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Aomori vacation builder.

Drive from Hirosaki to Aomori in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Towada.

Things to do in Aomori

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
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A-FACTORY ©
A-FACTORY
Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse ©
Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse
Sannai-Maruyama Site ©
Sannai-Maruyama Site

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Towada

Towada ©
Tucked away among the foothills of the Hakkoda mountain range, Towada tourism revolves around its eponymous lake and the surrounding national park.
On the 7th (Tue), admire the sheer force of Kudan no Taki Waterfall, contemplate the waterfront views at Oirase Mountain Stream, take in the dramatic scenery at Choshi Otaki Waterfall, contemplate the waterfront views at Itomuka no Irie, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Towada Shrine, and finally pause for some photo ops at Statue of Maidens. On the next day, admire the sheer force of Hakufu no Taki, contemplate the waterfront views at Kumoi no Taki Waterfall, thencontemplate the waterfront views at Ashura no Nagare, thencontemplate the waterfront views at Tsutanonana Swamp, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Oirase River.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Towada trip planner.

Traveling by train from Aomori to Towada takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, daytime highs in Towada are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Towada

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Oirase River
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Oirase Mountain Stream ©
Oirase Mountain Stream
Choshi Otaki Waterfall ©
Choshi Otaki Waterfall
Oirase River ©
Oirase River