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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

NANBU TEKKI IRONWARE

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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 flavor.

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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-covered Candles of Mukaitaki

Snow-covered 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!

  • Three Fascinating Pockets of Japan You Should Consider for Your Next Snow Adventure

    For many Australians on the hunt for snow, Niseko and Hakuba have long been the more commonly visited Japan ski destinations. They have incredible snow, however they can be expensive and are not necessarily great if you’re looking for authentic, Japanese cultural experiences which is a great shame given how fascinating and different Japanese culture is. For great skiing and the unique, authentic local experiences, plan your next winter adventure in Yamagata, Aomori, or Miyagi.

    Lucy Dayman

    Lucy Dayman

    From the clash of old and new in the major cities to the tropical islands of Okinawa and the snow capped mountains up north, the country is overflowing with incredible diversity and is a forever fascinating and never ending playground of cultural and scenic exploration.

  • The Winter Wonderland of Northern Tohoku

    Japan's northern prefectures, Akita and Aomori, offer a winning combination of snowy slopes, ocean views, steamy hot springs and delightful hospitality.

    John Asano

    John Asano

    I love nothing better than picking up my camera and exploring all the amazing sights and attractions that Japan has to offer. I particularly enjoy visiting castles, temples, shrines and gardens.