13 days in Tohoku Itinerary

13 days in Tohoku Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tohoku sightseeing planner
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Make it your trip
Fly
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Sendai
— 4 nights
Train
2
Semboku
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Hachimantai
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Towada
— 1 night
Drive
5
Oga
— 2 nights
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Sendai — 4 nights

Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Onsen Resorts and Ginzan Onsen. For shopping fun, head to Minamisanriku Sansan Market or Shiogama Seafood Market. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sendai: Matsushima-machi (Fukuurajima & Matsushima Bay) and Kanahebisui Shrine (in Iwanuma). There's lots more to do: admire the verdant scenery at Rairaikyo Gorge, wander the streets of Sunmall Ichibancho, explore the historical opulence of Sendaijo Ato, and don't miss a visit to Jozenji-dori Avenue.

Start your trip to Sendai by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Singapore, Singapore to Sendai is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Singapore Standard Time (SGT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 1 hour. In December, Sendai is colder than Singapore - with highs of 8°C and lows of 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Semboku.
Parks · Shopping · Nature · Historic Sites
Side Trips
Find places to stay Dec 2 — 6:

Semboku — 3 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.
Get outdoors at Tazawako Ski Resort and Mt. Akita Komagatake. Discover out-of-the-way places like Nyuto Onsenkyo and Ishiguro Samurai House. Take a break from Semboku with a short trip to Akita Kensanhin Plaza in Akita, about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Kakunodate, browse the exhibits of Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Samurai District, and sample the tasty concoctions at Ando Jozo Brewery Honten.

To find traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Semboku day trip planning app.

Getting from Sendai to Semboku by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Sendai in December, things will get slightly colder in Semboku: highs are around 3°C and lows about 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Hachimantai.
Neighborhoods · Parks · Historic Sites · Baths
Side Trip
Find places to stay Dec 6 — 9:

Hachimantai — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Iwate, then fly down the slopes at Hachimantai Resort Shimokura Ski Area, and then look for gifts at Matsuo-Hachimantai Aspite Farmers Market. On the next day, take in the dramatic natural features at Appi Kogen Ski Resort, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hachimantai Resort Panorama Ski Resort, and then soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Hachimantai online visit planner.

You can drive from Semboku to Hachimantai in 1.5 hours. In December in Hachimantai, expect temperatures between 4°C during the day and -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive to Towada.
Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Nature
Side Trips
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 11:

Towada — 1 night

Tucked away among the foothills of the Hakkoda mountain range, Towada tourism revolves around its eponymous lake and the surrounding national park.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): explore the activities along Kumoi no Taki Waterfall, then explore the activities along Oirase Gorge, and then soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Towada vacation planner.

You can drive from Hachimantai to Towada in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Oga.
Parks · Nature · Baths · Spas
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 12:
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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 13th (Tue): visit Oga Peninsula and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Kampu.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Oga route maker site.

You can drive from Towada to Oga in 4 hours. In December in Oga, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.
Parks · Nature
Side Trip
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 14:
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Tohoku travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.