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Tohoku

The Tokyo Metropolitan area is a mega-city, home to some 35 million people and the driving force of Japan's economy and rapidly shifting cultural trends. However, less than 90 minutes away you will find Mount Takao, a peaceful retreat for walking and quiet reflection with views of the distant urban landscapes.

To the southeast in Chiba Prefecture lie hidden beaches, whilst to the north in Nikko you will discover the spectacularly ornate temples and shrines of Toshogu, the resting place of the first Tokugawa shogun; the man who began the transformation of Tokyo into the city you will find today.

Tohoku

Top Destinations in Tohoku

Aomori Prefecture

The Aomori Prefecture is the northernmost area of the Honshu Island and is mostly known for its beautiful nature.

photo of Shimokita Peninsula

Tohoku | Aomori Prefecture

Shimokita Peninsula

Shimokita Peninsula is located on the northernmost tip of Honshu and is noted for its axe like shape.

photo of Tsugaru Peninsula

Tohoku | Aomori Prefecture

Tsugaru Peninsula

The Tsugaru-hanto Peninsula is situated in the northwestern part of Aomori.

photo of Aomori City

Tohoku | Aomori Prefecture

Aomori City

Known as the connecting town to Hakodate, Aomori offers activities from museums to hiking.

photo of Towada

Tohoku | Aomori Prefecture

Towada

The local attractions that many visitors come to experience include the Towada-Hachimantai National Park, the Oirase River, or the Towada Art Center.

photo of Hirosaki

Tohoku | Aomori Prefecture

Hirosaki

Hirosaki is known for its samurai district dating back to the Heian period, Hirosaki Castle, 2,600 cherry blossoms and abundant apple orchards.

photo of Shirakami Mountains

Tohoku | Aomori Prefecture

Shirakami Mountains

The Shirakami Sanchi is inscribed in UNESCO’s World Natural Heritage Site that covers an area from Aomori to Akita Prefecture.

Akita Prefecture

Akita Prefecture faces the Sea of Japan and is the culmination of combining the ancient provinces of Dewa and Mutsu.

photo of Nyuto Onsen

Tohoku | Akita Prefecture

Nyuto Onsen

Nyuto Onsen is a collection of ryokans (Japanese traditional inns) with hot springs unique to their establishment, which is located in the Towada-Hachimantai National Park.

photo of Akita City

Tohoku | Akita Prefecture

Akita City

Akita is the city capital of the Akita Prefecture and is located in the northern Tohoku area.

photo of Kakunodate

Tohoku | Akita Prefecture

Kakunodate

Kakunodate is a former castle town that was first built in the Edo Period when Yoshikatsu Ashina became lord of the area.

photo of Lake Tazawa

Tohoku | Akita Prefecture

Lake Tazawa

Lake Tazawa-ko, a crater lake situated almost in the center of the eastern part of Akita Prefecture.

photo of Yokote

Tohoku | Akita Prefecture

Yokote

Yokote is a city located in Akita Prefecture.

Iwate Prefecture

Iwate Prefecture is the second largest prefecture in Japan and was once the political and cultural center of the Tohoku region.

photo of Hachimantai

Tohoku | Iwate Prefecture

Hachimantai

Hachimantai is a plateau-like volcanic terrace, 1,400-1,600 meters above sea level.

photo of Morioka

Tohoku | Iwate Prefecture

Morioka

Morioka is the capital of Iwate Prefecture and is known for their various noodle dishes like Wanko Soba.

photo of Hanamaki Onsen

Tohoku | Iwate Prefecture

Hanamaki Onsen

Hanamaki Onsen is located on the west side of the city and is a collective of hotels and ryokan (traditional Japanese inn).

photo of Kitakami

Tohoku | Iwate Prefecture

Kitakami

Kitakami is located in central Iwate and most know for it 10,000 cherry blossom trees lined up along the Kitakami River.

photo of Hiraizumi

Tohoku | Iwate Prefecture

Hiraizumi

Hiraizumi was once the home of the powerful Northern Fujiwara Clan and rivaled Kyoto as a city during the Heian Period.

Yamagata Prefecture

Yamagata Prefecture is located along the Sea of Japan in the southern Tohoku region and is known for hot springs, cherries and religious sites.

photo of Sakata

Tohoku | Yamagata Prefecture

Sakata

"Sakai (Osaka) in the west and Sakata in the east" is the phrase to show how much a port town Sakata flourished in the Edo Period.

photo of Dewa Sanzan

Tohoku | Yamagata Prefecture

Dewa Sanzan

Dewa Sanzan refers to three sacred mountains in Yamagata, which are Mt. Haguro, Mt. Gassan and Mt. Yudono.

photo of Yamagata City

Tohoku | Yamagata Prefecture

Yamagata City

Yamagata City, located in the center of Yamagata Prefecture, is a former castle town that has developed since the middle of the 15th century.

photo of Yamadera

Tohoku | Yamagata Prefecture

Yamadera

Yamadera is a temple built into a mountain and has a series of staircases with over 1000 steps combined.

photo of Ginzan Onsen

Tohoku | Yamagata Prefecture

Ginzan Onsen

Ginzan Onsen is a hot spring village known for its traditionally styled Japanese inns that is reflective of the Taisho era.

photo of Zao

Tohoku | Yamagata Prefecture

Zao

Zao is located on the Yamagata/Miyagi prefecture border and is known for its beautiful nature.

photo of Yonezawa

Tohoku | Yamagata Prefecture

Yonezawa

Yonezawa, in the southern part of Yamagata Prefecture, is a central city in the Yonezawa Basin.

Miyagi Prefecture

Miyagi Prefecture is home to one of Japan’s three most scenic views and is along the coastline facing the Pacific Ocean.

photo of Kesennuma

Tohoku | Miyagi Prefecture

Kesennuma

Kesen'numa is at the most northeastern point of Miyagi. It is the southern entrance to Rikuchu- kaigan National Park.

photo of Naruko Onsen

Tohoku | Miyagi Prefecture

Naruko Onsen

Naruko Onsen is over 1000 years old and has 9 unique water properties available in the area.

photo of Ishinomaki

Tohoku | Miyagi Prefecture

Ishinomaki

Ishinomaki is a large port city east of Sendai and was the hometown of the famous manga artist Ishinomori Shotaro.

photo of Kinkasan

Tohoku | Miyagi Prefecture

Kinkasan

Kinkasan is an islet about 60 km east of Sendai and 1 kilometer to the southeast of the Oshika- hanto Peninsula.

photo of Matsushima

Tohoku | Miyagi Prefecture

Matsushima

Matsushima is famous for having one of the most scenic views in Japan and is located half an hour away from Sendai.

photo of Shiogama

Tohoku | Miyagi Prefecture

Shiogama

Shiogama is a city located on the eastern part of Miyagi Prefecture and is known for its salt production.

photo of Sendai

Tohoku | Miyagi Prefecture

Sendai

Sendai is the capital of Miyagi Prefecture and was founded by Date Masamune, a powerful feudal lord, as a castle town.

photo of Akiu Onsen

Tohoku | Miyagi Prefecture

Akiu Onsen

Akiu-onsen Hot Spring is located in the west part of Miyagi, on the bank of the Natori-gawa River.

Fukushima Prefecture

Fukushima Prefecture is the third largest prefecture based on land mass and is an area mostly covered with mountains.

photo of Urabandai

Tohoku | Fukushima Prefecture

Urabandai

Urabandai is known as Bandai Kogen, it is an area dotted with ponds that were a result of a volcanic eruption in 1888.

photo of Kitakata

Tohoku | Fukushima Prefecture

Kitakata

Kitakata, which is north of Aizuwakamatsu in the northwestern part of Fukushima.

photo of Aizu Wakamatsu

Tohoku | Fukushima Prefecture

Aizu Wakamatsu

Aizu was once a castle town with a long history connected to samurai traditions and is an area known for its rice production.

photo of Ouchijuku

Tohoku | Fukushima Prefecture

Ouchijuku

Ouchijuku was a post town in the Edo Period when high ranking officials had to travel to the capital every other year.