8 days in Tohoku Itinerary

8 days in Tohoku Itinerary

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8 days in Tohoku Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly + Drive:  18​h 15​min
1
Hiraizumi-cho
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Oga
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Hirosaki
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Towada
— 2 nights
taxi + train:  2​h
5
Sendai
— 1 night
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

1
day
Hiraizumi-cho

Hiraizumi-cho ©
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Motsuji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Takkoku no Iwaya, take an in-depth tour of Hiraizumi Cultural Heritage Center, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Konjiki-do, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Chuson-ji Temple.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Hiraizumi-cho trip planner .

Melbourne, Australia to Hiraizumi-cho is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Melbourne to Hiraizumi-cho due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in February, things will get much colder in Hiraizumi-cho: highs are around 3°C and lows about -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Oga.

Things to do in Hiraizumi-cho

Historic Sites Museums
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Konjiki-do ©
Konjiki-do
Takkoku no Iwaya ©
Takkoku no Iwaya
Chuson-ji Temple ©
Chuson-ji Temple

1
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. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Ogashinzan Traditional Museum, see the interesting displays at Namahage Museum, don't miss a visit to Unsho-ji Temple, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Kampu, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Nanohana Road.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Oga tour site .

You can drive from Hiraizumi-cho to Oga in 3 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Oga can reach 2°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Hirosaki.

Things to do in Oga

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trip

Nanohana Road
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Ogashinzan Traditional Museum ©
Ogashinzan Traditional Museum
Mt. Kampu ©
Mt. Kampu
Namahage Museum ©
Namahage Museum

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iwakiyama Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saishoin Temple, then take in nature's colorful creations at Fujita Memorial Japanese Garden, and finally step into the grandiose world of Hirosaki Castle.

To find other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Hirosaki trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Oga to Hirosaki by car takes about 3 hours. In February in Hirosaki, expect temperatures between 0°C during the day and -5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Towada.

Things to do in Hirosaki

Historic Sites Parks
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Iwakiyama Shrine ©
Iwakiyama Shrine
Fujita Memorial Japanese Garden ©
Fujita Memorial Japanese Garden
Hirosaki Castle ©
Hirosaki Castle

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Towada Shrine, then explore the activities along Oirase Mountain Stream, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kumoi no Taki Waterfall, and finally snap pictures at Deai-bashi Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: get curious at Misawa Aviation & Science Museum, then explore the activities along Tsutanonana Swamp, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Oirase River.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Towada trip planner.

Getting from Hirosaki to Towada by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Hirosaki in February since evenings lows in Towada dip to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Sendai.

Things to do in Towada

Nature Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Misawa Aviation & Science Museum, Oirase River
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Oirase Mountain Stream ©
Oirase Mountain Stream
Misawa Aviation & Science Museum
Misawa Aviation & Science Museum
Oirase River ©
Oirase River

1
night
Sendai

Sendai ©
Human history and nature combine seamlessly in Sendai, with the influence of each never far away in this green and storied city.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Jozenji-dori Avenue, make a trip to Sendai Station, take an in-depth tour of Zuihoden, then step into the grandiose world of Sendai Castle (Aoba Castle), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rinnoji Temple, and finally admire all the interesting features of Yurtec Stadium Sendai.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Sendai trip website .

Getting from Towada to Sendai by combination of taxi and train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. Traveling from Towada in February, things will get somewhat warmer in Sendai: highs are around 5°C and lows about 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sendai

Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Feb 6 — 7:
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Sendai Castle (Aoba Castle) ©
Sendai Castle (Aoba Castle)
Yurtec Stadium Sendai ©
Yurtec Stadium Sendai
Rinnoji Temple ©
Rinnoji Temple

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