Tohoku & autumn colours

We spent over three weeks in Japan in autumn 2019, driving over 2,500km around Tohoku and Yamanashi prefecture. Click the links below to read more about each day!

Day 1: Land Haneda 5:30am, shinkansen to Sendai, check in to hotel, visit Zuihoden Mausoleum

Day 2: Travel to Yamadera in Yamagata and climb the mountain temple, visit Matsushima bay

Day 3: Shinkansen to Aomori, rent a car and drive to Tsugaru, then Iwaki-san, and Hirosaki castle before ending at Towadako

Day 4: Oirase gorge, Hakkoda ropeway and back to Aomori

Day 5: Shinkansen to Ichinoseki, rent a car and drive to Geibikei gorge and Rikuzentakata

Day 6: Explore the Sanriku Coast of Iwate

Day 7: Jodogahama, Ryusendo caves and Tono village

Day 8: To Fukushima!

Day 9: Goshiki-numa & Aizuwakamatsu’s history

Day 10: Visiting the Fukushima Nuclear Exclusion Zone

Day 11: Exploring Shirakawa & driving to Ibaraki

Day 12: Mito, waterfalls & daruma

Day 13: A gluten free feast in Tokyo

Day 14: Visiting Tokyo’s cat temple & getting a tatto

Day 15: Road trip to Kawaguchiko to see Mount Fuji

Day 16 – 21: Explore Mount Fuji region

Day 22: Back to Tokyo

Day 23: Fly back home

That is the plan so far, the first week of the trip is planned more fully as the region is harder to drive around and to travel the remote sites due to rural roads/trains.

It will be interesting to see what we end up doing, what we miss or what we add as we go along. Can’t wait for our koyo trip this autumn.