RECOMMENDED IN TOHOKU TOP10
Japan is a country of beauty that changes with each of the four seasons, and the Tohoku region in northeastern Japan retains amazing nature and traditional Japanese culture. Here are the top ten recommended sites to see in the Tohoku region when you can once again travel.
HIROSAKI CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL
Hirosaki Park is one of the most famous cherry blossom sites in Japan with about 2 million annual visitors for the cherry blossom festival.
More than 10 waterfalls and their ever-changing vibrant flow along the magnificently shaped rocks and breathtaking scenery creates a spectacular stream of beauty.
THE FIVE-STORY PAGODA OF MT. HAGURO
It is said to have been built by Taira no Masakado and the oldest pagoda in the Tohoku region. The current pagoda is said to have been rebuilt about 600 years ago.
Cherry blossoms in Hirosaki Park in spring, the Nebuta Festival in summer, the autumn leaves of Oirase Gorge along with Lake Towada in Fall, and Hakkoda's frost-covered trees in the winter are all famous. Then there is also the World Natural Heritage Site "The Shirakami Sanchi," as well as a rich food culture famous for apples and Oma tunas.
Iwate is the second-largest Prefecture after Hokkaido, surrounded by oceans and mountains along with many aesthetic landscapes and hot springs, a Prefecture with an abundance of nature. Also, with the World Cultural Heritage Site "Hiraizumi" and "Hashino Iron Mining and Smelting Site," the Prefecture is a treasure trove of alluring tradition, history and, culture.
Sendai, the largest city and home to the Prefectural office of TOHOKU, Japan. With "Matsushima," one of three most scenic spots in Japan, the frost-covered trees of Miyagi Zao, the various hot springs and fresh seafood, there are tourist spots for you to enjoy throughout all the four seasons.
Sendai City, the largest city in TOHOKU was established by the military commander Masamune Date. Various festivals and events are held throughout the year, but in particular, the Sendai Tanabata Matsuri and Sendai Pageant of Starlight are famous. Enjoy many spots that allow you to experience the history, the culture, abundant nature, and hot springs that the "City of Trees" takes pride in, as well as its fulfilling shopping environment.
This Prefecture holds various traditional events, from the Kanto festival, the Namahage Demon festival and the Kamakura festival. With an abundance of nature from the World Heritage Site, Shirakami Sanchi to the cobalt blue and the deepest lake in Japan, Lake Tazawa (Tazawako). There are also hidden springs which hot spring lovers find irresistible and delicious local dishes such as Kiritanpo (skewered pounded rice) or Inaniwa Udon noodles.
The Prefecture is surrounded by beautiful mountains with many hot springs gushing at their feet. Fruit cultivation is active mainly in the inland basins, and the Prefecture is the number one producer of cherries in Japan.
This Prefecture deep and rich in samurai culture, with famous places to experience Japanese spirit such as Aizuwakamatsujo (Tsurugajo Castle) and Ouchijuku. There are also numerous spots to appreciate flowers such as Hanamiyama known as a utopia and Miharu Takizakura, one of the three major cherry blossom trees in Japan. Moreover, you can enjoy hot springs and powder snow amongst the abundant nature.