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TOHOKU JAPAN.

Japan's northern region of Tohoku is a true treasureland just begging to be explored. Blessed with breathtaking landscapes, enduring history, and unique culture and traditions, get aquainted with this beautiful land through our series of stunning videos. Then, get out there and discover for yourself all Tohoku has to offer.

SPRING

Spring comes a bit later to Tohoku, but is no less spectacular! Crowd-weary visitors can enjoy the ephemeral beauty of cherry blossoms after they have faded from most of the country, against a backdrop of magnificent snow-capped mountains. Sample spectacular sake and soak in relaxing hot springs as the countryside shakes away the final chill of winter, and looks to the green season ahead.

RECOMMENDED SPOTS

AOMORI

HIROSAKI CASTLE

HIROSAKI CASTLE

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Hirosaki Castle is home to the Hirosaki Cherry Blossom Festival—one Japan’s top three cherry blossom festivals. It features a 300-meter-long cherry blossom tunnel, elegant weeping cherry trees, and the oldest Yoshino cherry tree in Japan—a 135-year-old tree with wide-spreading branches and beautiful flowers.

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IWATE

MOTSUJI TEMPLE (PURE LAND GARDEN)

MOTSUJI TEMPLE (PURE LAND GARDEN)

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Motsuji Temple is a World Heritage Site that was constructed in the Heian Period. It includes a “Pure Land Garden” that represents the world of the Buddha. In the lake that takes up much of the garden, Buddhist paradise is represented with strings of jewels, gemstones, and dry gardens with artificial hills.

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MIYAGI

SAIGYO MODOSHI NO MATSU PARK

SAIGYO MODOSHI NO MATSU PARK

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Every year at the end of April the park’s 260 cherry blossom trees reach full bloom. Located on a hill, it is a popular hanami (flower viewing) spot where you can enjoy the fully blooming cherry blossoms against a stunning view of Matsushima Bay. The park is named after Saigyo, the Japanese poet and Buddhist monk.

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AKITA

LAKE TAZAWA

LAKE TAZAWA

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Lake Tazawa is 423.4 meters deep, making it the deepest lake in Japan. When the sunlight shines on the bottom of the lake, the water turns a clear, vivid, azure blue. Another highlight of the lake is the golden statue of Tatsuko—a legendary maiden who was turned into the guardian dragon of the lake—standing against the backdrop of beautiful Mount Komagatake and other mountains.

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YAMAGATA

SAGAE RIVER CHERRY BLOSSOMS

SAGAE RIVER CHERRY BLOSSOMS

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Along the embankment of Sagae River near where it meets Mogami River there is a 2.8-kilometer stretch of cherry blossom trees. The beautiful scenery of the crystal clear water and walls of cherry blossoms against the distant snow-capped Mount Gassan and Mount Asahi looks just like a painting.

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FUKUSHIMA

HANAMIYAMA PARK

HANAMIYAMA PARK

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A park located in the hills of the southeastern part of Fukushima City, it is also known as “Togenkyo” (meaning “utopia”). The park features a wide variety of flowers, from cherry, plum, and peach blossom, to forsythia and flowering quince. Seeing them all in full bloom at once is an unforgettable sight.

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EDITOR'S PICK

  • Springtime in Miyagi: Dive Deep into Northern Japan

    Miyagi is the perfect place to start a deep spring journey in northern Japan! Home to the region's largest city, there's also a bounty of gorgeous scenery, delicious food, local culture and more!

    Brian Takahashi

    Brian Takahashi

    Brian has been living and working in Miyagi Prefecture for the last eight years. He works for his local board of education with aspects related to English. His focus is English learning, from infants to junior high school students, including city projects related to English and tourism. He is also an aspiring video creator who tries to expose his YouTube audience to some of the great locations Tohoku has to offer. Tohoku is his home, and he plans to stay there for the foreseeable future.

  • Tohoku in Spring: Northern Japan's Exciting Destinations

    The Tohoku region is one of Japan's most diverse but overlooked regions! If you're looking to experience a truly unique side of the country, there's no better place to look than the wild north—especially in spring!

    Lucy Dayman

    Lucy Dayman

    Lucy is an Australian born freelance writer based in Tokyo. She worked as the editor for a culture and arts magazine in Australia and is currently the Program Director for the Japan arm of Global Hobo—a travel writing program—and the co-founder of Y+L Projects Communications Agency. She has a keen interest in discovering some of the county's more regional, unconventional, and overlooked travel destinations.

  • A Spring Fling in Tohoku

    If you want to make the most out of sakura season in Japan, there's no better place to do it than Tohoku! Between spots of scenic beauty that you have to see to believe, local culture steeped in history, and regional cuisine that will leave you hungry for more, Tohoku has all an eager traveler could want!

    Nicholas Rich

    Nicholas Rich

    Nick is the editorial director for the Japanese culture site, All About Japan. He became a lifelong fan of Tohoku after a too-brief stay in Fukushima Prefecture, but is always on the lookout for opportunities to return to the region and keep exploring!