Sample Itineraries

Journey Through History and Culture:

3-night 4-day Itinerary for Tohoku and Hokkaido


JR Tokyo Station

JR Yamagata Shinkansen (approx. 2 hrs. 45 min.)

JR Yamagata Station

JR Senzan Line (approx. 20 min)

JR Yamadera Station

Yamadera Risshakuji Temple

(Yamagata Pref./Yamagata City)

Yamadera has enchanted many visitors over the years, including the famous haiku poet Matsuo Basho, who drew inspiration from the surrounding scenery for some of his poetry.
Enjoy the rewarding view from Godaido Hall after a steep climb up the stone stairs.

  • Address : 4456-1 Yamadera, Yamagata, Yamagata Pref
  • Hours : 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Admission: 300 yen (adults), 200 yen (junior high school students), 100 yen (children)
  • Access: 5 min. walk from Yamadera Station (JR Senzan Line)
  • Inquiries: Yamadera Tourism Association, Tel.: 023-695-2816

JR Senzan Line (approx. 1 hour)

JR Sendai Station


JR Sendai Station

Site of Sendai Castle

(Miyagi Pref./Sendai City)

JR Senseki Line (approx. 40 min.)

JR Matsushima-Kaigan Station


(Miyagi Pref./Matsushima Town)

Matsushima – a renowned place of natural beauty and also described as one of the three most scenic spots in Japan. In Matsushima, visitors will find many historical and cultural heritage sites and other places of interest as well as an abundance of fresh seafood to try. Relax and spend some time exploring everything Matsushima has to offer while enjoying the beautiful scenery of the bay.

  • Access: Matsushima-Kaigan Station (JR Senseki Line) – closest train station
  • Inquiries: Matsushima Industry and Tourism Division, Tel.: 022-354-5708
    Matsushima Tourism Association, Tel.: 022-354-2618

JR Senseki Line, JR Tohoku Shinkansen (approx. 1 hr. 30 min.) *Transfer at JR Sendai Station

JR Ichinoseki Station


JR Ichinoseki Station

JR Tohoku Main Line (approx. 10 min.)

JR Hiraizumi Station

Chusonji Temple

(Iwate Pref./Hiraizumi Town)

Hiraizumi – a world heritage site with origins in Pure Land ideology and an overall wish for peace. Containing over 3000 national treasures and important cultural properties, including Konjikido Hall dedicated to Amida Nyorai and the Pure Land, Chusonji Temple is an important symbol of Hiraizumi’s rich cultural history.

  • Address: 202 Koromonoseki, Hiraizumi, Hiraizumi, Iwate Pref.
  • Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (until 4:30 p.m. from November 4 through February)
  • dmission (entrance to Konjikido, Sankozo, Kyozo, and Kyuoido Halls): 800 yen (adults), 500 yen (high school students), 300 yen (junior high school students), 200 yen (elementary school students)
  • Access: 10 min. by bus from Hiraizumi Station (JR Tohoku Main Line)
  • Inquiries: Chusonji Temple Office, Tel.: 0191-46-2211

JR Tohoku Main Line, JR Tohoku Shinkansen, JR Tohoku-Hokkaido Shinkansen (approx. 4 hrs.)
*Transfers required at JR Ichinoseki Station and JR Morioka Station

JR Shin-Hakodate Hokuto Station


JR Shin-Hakodate Hokuto Station

JR Hakodate Main Line (approx. 20 min.)

Goryokaku Station (JR Hakodate Main Line)

Goryokaku Special Historic Site

(Hokkaido/Hakodate City)

Constructed at the end of the Edo Period, Goryokaku is the first fort in Japan to utilize the French pointed star construction method and has been designated as a special historic site by the national government.

  • Address: 44-2 Goryokaku-cho, Hakodate, Hokkaido
  • Access: 10 min. by bus from Goryokaku Station (JR Hakodate Main Line)
  • Inquiries: Hakodate Tourism Promotion Division, Tel.: 0138-21-3499

JR Hakodate Main line (approx. 20 min.)

JR Shin-Hakodate Hokuto Station

JR Tohoku Shinkansen, JR Hokkaido Shinkansen (approx. 4 hrs. 30 min.)

JR Tokyo Station