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Welcome to
TOHOKU JAPAN.

Japan’s northern region of Tohoku is full of gorgeous landscapes that change with the seasons. It’s a part of the country blessed with magnificent nature, and has developed its own unique culture and traditions. Get acquainted with this beautiful land through our series of stunning 4K videos.

WINTER

Just a ride away from Tokyo on the shinkansen (bullet train), in winter Tohoku offers a wonderland of ski slopes, steaming hot springs, award-winning sake breweries and snowy townscapes that recall the Japan of yesteryear. Whether you are looking for fresh powder or a destination off the beaten track, experience Tohoku’s warm welcome!

RECOMMENDED SPOTS

AOMORI

Mt. Hakkoda

Mt. Hakkoda

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The snow monsters on Mt. Hakkoda are a natural work of art in winter. At sunset, the golden-lit views of these trees covered in rime are truly unbelievable.

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IWATE

NANBU TEKKI IRONWARE(CASTING AND COLORING)

NANBU TEKKI IRONWARE(CASTING AND COLORING)

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With over 400 years of history, ironware from Iwate Prefecture is a traditional artifact handed down by generations of expert craftsmen. Delicate and profound, each piece is a Japanese treasure.

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MIYAGI

Kaki-goya (Oyster Cabin)

Kaki-goya (Oyster Cabin)

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A popular winter spot in Matsushima, the kaki-goya oyster cabin is the perfect place to enjoy hot, grilled oysters. Matsushima is one of the three great scenic spots in Japan, and the local oysters have a rich, meaty.

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AKITA

Nyuto Hot Springs

Nyuto Hot Springs

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Nyuto is a popular hot spring village with seven headsprings, each with different water qualities. Some inns have a history dating back to the 17th century, and the snow-filled scenery is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing soak, local sake and delicious charcoal barbecue.

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YAMAGATA

Village of Yamadera

Village of Yamadera

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Although the temple’s roof and paths get covered in snow, the Godaido Hall stands on a cliff overlooking the surrounding area. In winter, the snow-covered village of Yamadera looks like it sprang from a traditional ink painting.

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FUKUSHIMA

Snow-watching Candles of Mukaitaki

Snow-watching Candles of Mukaitaki

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This ryokan in Aizu harkens back to a bygone era. Its beautiful wooden architecture was registered as the first National Cultural Asset, and the sight of 100 candles being lit in a snow-covered garden is like a dream come to life.

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EDITOR'S PICK

  • Discover the dramatic beauty of Northern Japan in Winter

    To inspire readers to go beyond regular tourist areas and explore the rustic, picturesque landscapes of Iwate and Akita prefectures. The article would give them a feel for the areas, provide them with itinerary destinations, and advice on what to do and eat and how to get around. As many Australians go to Hokkaido and Nagano for the ski season, Iwate and Akita would be perfect destinations to visit before or after their ski trip.

    Jessica Thompson

    Jessica Thompson

    I became interested in Japan when studying Japanese at school. The depth and complexity of the culture intrigued me, and has become a lifelong fascination. I love the connection with nature, seasonality, regional differences, charming people, shokunin culture, and philosophical concepts like ichigo-ichie. And, of course, the food!