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.