59 days in Tohoku Itinerary

59 days in Tohoku Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Matsushima-machi
— 4 nights
2
Hiraizumi-cho
— 4 nights
3
Semboku
— 5 nights
4
Hachimantai
— 5 nights
5
Towada
— 5 nights
6
Mutsu
— 3 nights
7
Hirosaki
— 5 nights
8
Oga
— 4 nights
9
Tsuruoka
— 5 nights
10
Yamagata
— 5 nights
11
Kitashiobara-mura
— 4 nights
12
Fukushima
— 8 nights

4
nights
Matsushima-machi

Matsushima-machi ©
Matsushima-machi has long enjoyed a reputation for its natural scenery: back in the 17th century, scholar Hayashi Gaho listed its bay as one of the Three Views of Japan.
Explore hidden gems such as Onsen Resorts and Odakamori Observatory. Venture out of the city with trips to Ishinomaki (Kinkasankoganeyama Shrine, Kamiwarizaki Natural Park, &more), Tome (Shotaro Ishinomori Memorial Museum, Mizusawa Prefecture Memorial Hall, &more) and Osaki (Old Yubikan, Nakayamadaira Onsen, &more). The adventure continues: make a trip to Onagawa Station, stroll through Fukuurajima, appreciate the views at Ogi Valley, and enjoy the sand and surf at Tsukihama Beach.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Matsushima-machi trip itinerary maker.

Tokyo to Matsushima-machi is an approximately 3-hour train ride. You can also drive; or fly. When traveling from Tokyo in September, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Matsushima-machi: temperatures range from °F by day to °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to Hiraizumi-cho.

Things to do in Matsushima-machi

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Osaki, Ishinomaki, Tome, Higashimatsushima, Cape Kamiwarizaki
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Matsushima Bay ©
Matsushima Bay
Kinkasankoganeyama Shrine ©
Kinkasankoganeyama Shrine
Fukuurajima ©
Fukuurajima

4
nights
Hiraizumi-cho

Hiraizumi-cho ©
Explore hidden gems such as Hiraizumi Cultural Heritage Center and Michinoku Folklore Village. Explore Hiraizumi-cho's surroundings by going to Hanamaki (Miyazawa Kenji Memorial & Onsen Resorts), Rokando (in Sumita-cho) and Tono (Kappabuchi & Nabekura Park).

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Hiraizumi-cho trip planner.

You can drive from Matsushima-machi to Hiraizumi-cho in 1.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Hiraizumi-cho when traveling from Matsushima-machi in September, with lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Semboku.

Things to do in Hiraizumi-cho

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hanamaki, Kitakami, Tono, Gembi Valley, Yuda Dam
Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 3:
Highlights from your plan
Gembi Valley ©
Gembi Valley
Chuson-ji Temple ©
Chuson-ji Temple
Takkoku no Iwaya ©
Takkoku no Iwaya

5
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Mt. Akita Komagatake and Dakigaeri Valley. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Semboku: Iwate Museum of Art (in Morioka), Matagi Shiryokan (in Kitaakita) and Rasuchijin Kyokai (in Hanamaki). There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Samurai District, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gozanoishi Shrine, contemplate the long history of Omoide no Katabunko, and sample the tasty concoctions at Ando Jozo Brewery Honten.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Semboku journey planning app.

Traveling by car from Hiraizumi-cho to Semboku takes 2 hours. In October, daytime highs in Semboku are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can go by car to Hachimantai.

Things to do in Semboku

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Iwate Museum of Art, Matagi Shiryokan, Rasuchijin Kyokai, Koiwai Farm
Find places to stay Oct 3 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Mt. Akita Komagatake ©
Mt. Akita Komagatake
Dakigaeri Valley ©
Dakigaeri Valley
Samurai District ©
Samurai District

5
nights
Hachimantai

Hachimantai ©
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mt. Iwate and Hachimandaira Promenade Peak. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hachimantai: Taro Kanko Hotel (in Miyako), Morioka (Iwate Park (Koen), Oro Park (Morioka Keibajo), &more) and Ryusendo Limestone Cave (in Iwaizumi-cho).

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Hachimantai trip planner.

You can drive from Semboku to Hachimantai in 1.5 hours. October in Hachimantai sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can go by car to Towada.

Things to do in Hachimantai

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Morioka, Kazuno, Ishigaminooka Museum, Taro Kanko Hotel, Mt. Hayachine
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Ryusendo Limestone Cave ©
Ryusendo Limestone Cave
Mt. Iwate ©
Mt. Iwate
Mt. Hayachine ©
Mt. Hayachine

5
nights
Towada

Towada ©
Tucked away among the foothills of the Hakkoda mountain range, Towada tourism revolves around its eponymous lake and the surrounding national park.
Step off the beaten path and head to Itomuka no Irie and Tsuta Numa. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Towada: Snow Corridor (in Aomori), Misawa Aviation & Science Museum (in Misawa) and Hachinohe (Hachinohe City Historic Site Nejo Square, Hachinohe City Museum, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Oirase Mountain Stream, explore the world behind art at Towada Art Center, take in panoramic vistas at Mt.Ohanabe Observatory, and admire the sheer force of Choshi Otaki Waterfall.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Towada using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hachimantai to Towada takes 2 hours. October in Towada sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Mutsu.

Things to do in Towada

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Hachinohe, Snow Corridor, Misawa Aviation & Science Museum, Oirase River, Taneichi Marine Side Park
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Oirase Mountain Stream ©
Oirase Mountain Stream
Oirase River ©
Oirase River
Misawa Aviation & Science Museum
Misawa Aviation & Science Museum

3
nights
Mutsu

Mutsu ©
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. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mt. Osore Bodaiji Temple and Hotokegaura. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mutsu: Higashidori-mura (Kandachi Horses and Their Habitats & Shiriyazaki), Strait Isaribi Park (in Kazamaura-mura) and Oma-machi (Tuna Fishing Town Oma Monument, Omazaki Cape, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Usoriyama, visit Itako's Spirit Possession, contemplate the long history of Hokuyokan, and don't miss a visit to Former Ominato Water Supply Source Facility.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Mutsu trip planner.

Traveling by car from Towada to Mutsu takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around °F in October, and nighttime lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to drive to Hirosaki.

Things to do in Mutsu

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Oma-machi, Higashidori-mura, Strait Isaribi Park, Hotokegaura
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Lake Usoriyama ©
Lake Usoriyama
Shiriyazaki ©
Shiriyazaki
Osorezan ©
Osorezan

5
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Shirakami Sanchi and Blue Pond. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hirosaki: Fukaura-machi (Lake Juniko & The Hill with Windmill Shirakami Observation Deck), Aomori (Aomori Prefecture Tourist Centerl ASPAM, Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse, &more) and Ajiga Sawa Sumo Museum Mainoumi Furusato Sajiki (in Ajigasawa-machi). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Fujita Memorial Japanese Garden, don't miss a visit to Hirosaki Food Market, Niji no Mart, explore the historical opulence of Hirosaki Castle, and head outdoors with Tatsudomari Line.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Hirosaki sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Mutsu to Hirosaki in 3 hours. Traveling from Mutsu in October, expect a bit cooler with lows of °F in Hirosaki. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Oga.

Things to do in Hirosaki

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Aomori, Fukaura-machi, Inakadate Mura Tanbo Art, Tsurunomai Bridge, Tatsudomari Line
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Hirosaki Apple Park ©
Hirosaki Apple Park
Blue Pond ©
Blue Pond
Fujita Memorial Japanese Garden ©
Fujita Memorial Japanese Garden

4
nights
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. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ogashinzan Traditional Museum and Oga Aquarium Gao. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Oga: Katagami (Photo Gallery Blue Hole & Michi-no-Eki Showa) and Noshiro (Kaneyu & Noshiro Energy Park). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Kampu, get answers to all your questions at Tenno Green Land /Michi-no-Eki Tenno, appreciate the extensive heritage of Nanohana Road, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Unsho-ji Temple.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Oga day trip planner.

Getting from Hirosaki to Oga by car takes about 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around °F in October, and nighttime lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel to Tsuruoka.

Things to do in Oga

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Katagami, Noshiro, Ogata-mura, Oga Peninsula
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Oga Aquarium Gao ©
Oga Aquarium Gao
Ogashinzan Traditional Museum ©
Ogashinzan Traditional Museum
Mt. Kampu ©
Mt. Kampu

5
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Mt.Haguro- Cedat Trees along the Approach and Tamasudare Fall. Change things up with these side-trips from Tsuruoka: Mototakifukuryusui (in Nikaho), Kawarage Oyutaki Falls (in Yuzawa) and Maruiikesama Pond (in Yuza-machi). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Midagahara Wetlands, don't miss a visit to Tamugimata Layered Housing, get your bearings at Sakata Yumenokura, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Tsuruoka City Kamo Aquarium.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Tsuruoka driving holiday planning website.

Traveling by car from Oga to Tsuruoka takes 3 hours. October in Tsuruoka sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Yamagata.

Things to do in Tsuruoka

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Sakata, Kaneyama Townscape, Mototakifukuryusui, Kawarage Oyutaki Falls, Maruiikesama Pond
Find places to stay Oct 30 — Nov 4:
Highlights from your plan
Mt. Haguro ©
Mt. Haguro
Tamasudare Fall ©
Tamasudare Fall
Zenpoji ©
Zenpoji

5
nights
Yamagata

Yamagata ©
The town of Yamagata and its surrounding prefecture have a wealth of attractions, both man-made and natural.
Step off the beaten path and head to Bunshokan and Yamagata Museum of Art. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Yamagata: Zao-machi (Okama Crater, Mt. Katta, &more), Big Zelkova of Higashine (in Higashine) and Ginzan Onsen (in Obanazawa). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Risshaku-ji Temple, explore the activities along Dokkonuma Swamp, don't miss a visit to Senshoji Temple, and head outdoors with Shiginoya Chinuma.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Yamagata trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Tsuruoka to Yamagata takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November, daytime highs in Yamagata are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kitashiobara-mura.

Things to do in Yamagata

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Zao-machi, Shichikashuku-machi, Gassan Shrine, Big Zelkova of Higashine, Daishoji Temple
Find places to stay Nov 4 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Okama Crater ©
Okama Crater
Bunshokan ©
Bunshokan
Risshaku-ji Temple ©
Risshaku-ji Temple

4
nights
Kitashiobara-mura

Kitashiobara-mura ©
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lake Hibara and Morohashi Museum of Modern Art. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kitashiobara-mura: Fukushima-gata (in Niigata), Inawashiro-machi (Hanitsu Shrine & Tatsuzawa Fudo Falls) and Koriyama Ishimuro Fureai Ranch (in Koriyama).

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Kitashiobara-mura trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Yamagata to Kitashiobara-mura by car takes about 2 hours. November in Kitashiobara-mura sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Fukushima.

Things to do in Kitashiobara-mura

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Aizuwakamatsu, Inawashiro-machi, Ouchijuku, Fukushima-gata, Koriyama Ishimuro Fureai Ranch
Find places to stay Nov 9 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Tsuruga jo Castle ©
Tsuruga jo Castle
Lake Hibara ©
Lake Hibara
Morohashi Museum of Modern Art ©
Morohashi Museum of Modern Art

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nights
Fukushima

Fukushima ©
Fukushima is the capital city of Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nakanofudoson and Noguchi Hideyo Memorial. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Fukushima: Nasu Garden Outlet (in Nasushiobara), Minamigaoka Ranch (in Nasu-machi) and Yonezawa (Uesugi Jinja Shrine & Fukutoku Inari Shrine). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Fudosawa Bridge / Tsubakurodani, steep yourself in history at Old Horikiri House, don't miss a visit to Kassenba no Shidare Zakura (Sakura), and take in the awesome beauty at Mount Adatara.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Fukushima road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Kitashiobara-mura to Fukushima takes 1.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. On the 21st (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Fukushima

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nihonmatsu, Miharu-machi, Tamura, Shiroishi, Yonezawa
Find places to stay Nov 13 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Azuma Kofuji ©
Azuma Kofuji
Noguchi Hideyo Memorial ©
Noguchi Hideyo Memorial
Abukumado Limestone Cave ©
Abukumado Limestone Cave

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