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Tohoku is a place where Japan’s nature, history, culture and traditions blend seamlessly with everyday life. As such, there’s a wide variety of activities to enjoy here.
Actually, Tohoku is made up of six different prefectures located between Tokyo and Hokkaido. Its rich natural environment acts as the backdrop for a wealth of adventures. For example, consider taking advantage of the area’s fine-quality powder snow for snowboarding or skiing. The region’s excellent local cuisine, spiritual experiences with a history of more than 1,000 years, and famous hospitality will soothe your everyday fatigue.
Be sure to make Tohoku your next unforgettable experience.
Relatively unexplored, Aomori's verdant landscapes, famous festivals, and World Heritage sites can all still be called “hidden gems.” Hiking through unspoiled wilderness, riding in trains heated by stoves, and sampling delectable seafood and sake are just a few of its attractions.
The northern prefecture of Akita is a popular choice for outdoor adventurers and history buffs alike. The Hachimantai area offers a range of outdoor activities, while the fascinating and well-preserved samurai district in the town of Kakunodate offers a glimpse into Japan's feudal past. The snow huts of the Yokote Snow Festival and Japan’s national fireworks competition at Omagari draw hundreds of thousands of revelers each year.
Iwate overlooks the Pacific Ocean via the Sanriku coastline, and is surrounded by the Ou Mountains. It’s also home to some of Japan's best ski resorts and hot springs. Roughly divided into four distinct regions, Iwate is marked by common themes of nature worship, traditional folklore and the prefecture's samurai history. Foodies especially revel in the local delicacies in Miyagi, such as Wagyu beef, rice, and Japan’s best sake. The World Heritage sites in Hiraizumi act as a great starting point for exploration into Iwate’s rich heritage and natural beauty.
Enclosed by the Sea of Japan to the west, and mountains to the east, Yamagata Prefecture is defined by its nature. The port cities of Tsuruoka and Sakata are located along the coast, while Zao Onsen, an area home to hot springs, is located deep inland. Mountain temple Yamadera is the subject of one of the most famous haiku poems, and Ginzan Onsen is a picturesque hot spring resort town on the site of a former silver mine.
You can find hot spring resorts such as Akiu Onsen, Sakunami and Naruko Onsen throughout Miyagi Prefecture. In the city of Sendai, a former castle town, you can visit the impressive mausoleum of warlord Masamune Date, Zuihoden and the ruins of Sendai Castle. A trip to the remote and mysterious Zao Fox Village where foxes roam freely, is a highlight of Miyagi. Moreover, the Tanabata Festival, held at the beginning of August, attracts more than two million spectators. Visit Miyagi's majestic coastline to sample fresh seafood from some of Japan's most fertile fishing grounds.
Fostering unique traditions of food and culture, the fertile lands of Fukushima produce some of Japan's best fruit and sake. Nature is abundant here, and southern suburbanites have long been drawn to its famed onsen and pristine wilderness. More recently, winter sports enthusiasts have discovered Fukushima's charms. Thanks to local spirit—as expected from people in the northern heartland of samurai culture.
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