13 days in Tohoku Itinerary

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Fly
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Sendai
— 4 nights
Train
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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

Discover out-of-the-way places like Onsen Resorts and Shiogama Seafood Market. For shopping fun, head to Minamisanriku Sansan Market or Sunmall Ichibancho. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sendai: Ginzan Onsen (in Obanazawa), Kanahebisui Shrine (in Iwanuma) and Matsushima-machi (Fukuurajima & Matsushima Bay). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the views at Rairaikyo Gorge, make a trip to Jozenji-dori Avenue, and steep yourself in history at Sendaijo Ato.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Sendai trip planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Sendai is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Singapore to Sendai, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Singapore in December, things will get much colder in Sendai: highs are around 8°C and lows about 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can take a train to Semboku.
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Semboku — 3 nights

Get outdoors at Tazawako Ski Resort and Mt. Akita Komagatake. Discover out-of-the-way places like Nyuto Onsenkyo and Kakunodate. Take a break from Semboku with a short trip to Akita Kensanhin Plaza in Akita, about 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Ando Jozo Brewery Honten, get to know the fascinating history of Samurai District, contemplate the long history of Ishiguro Samurai House, and take an in-depth tour of Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum.

To find maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Semboku trip builder tool.

Getting from Sendai to Semboku by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Sendai in December; daily highs in Semboku reach 3°C and lows reach 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can drive to Hachimantai.
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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, hit the slopes at Appi Kogen Ski Resort, get outside with 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. Another option is to drive. 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.
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Towada — 1 night

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. Alternatively, you can drive. 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 drive to Oga.
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Oga — 2 nights

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.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Towada to Oga. 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.
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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.
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