Thursday, June 27, 2019
Matsushima

Tohoku Outdoor Activities

Hachimantai: Hiking Through the Valleys of Hell When you think of areas for hiking and enjoying leisurely strolls, usually places covered with lush green vegetation spring to mind, right? Well, if you are tired of...

Namahage Culture: Living with the Times

In an agriculture society where people's daily lives depend on the weather, people have worshipped the gods at festivals to praculture of Namahage, frightening the people of Oga city in Akita Prefecture, is a...

World Heritage (1): Shirakami Sanchi

Shirakami Sanchi: Beech Forest Sanctuary Transcending Time With its four distinct seasons and deep valuing of tradition, it is no wonder that Japan ranks among the top of the list of countries with numerous natural...

Odate, Akita: the home of the Akita Inu breed of dogs, beloved throughout the...

The city of Odate, Akita-ken in northern Japan, is home to the breed of dog known as Akita Inu, beloved throughout the world for their cute, curly tails; pointy triangular ears; and fluffy fur....

Zao – Yamagata, Miyagi

  Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993, this expansive wilderness is one of the last remaining untouched beech forest in Japan. Shirakami Sanchi, stretching from Aomori to Akita Prefecture, _boasts myriad hiking...

Top 3 Therapeutic Hot Springs in Japan

The practice of visiting hot springs or onsen has long been regarded as beneficial for curing various ailments in Japan. Called toji (湯治 lit. hot water healing) in Japanese, this practice of balneotherapy is...

Look for sweets made by locals with plenty of love

Expect a vibrant spring and summer after the long and formidable winter! Be amazed by Tohoku’s sweets and fruits. Babahera The sight of ice cream being sold under colorful parasols on the streets may be reminiscent...

Oga Peninsula – Akita

  The rugged peninsula, projecting west into the Sea of Japan, is home to the Namahage ogres (demon-like characters) in traditional Japanese folklore. Some of the breathtaking vistas include extensive cliff coastlines, the “Godzilla Rock”...

Kanto Matsuri

Designated as one of Tohoku's top three festivals, the Kanto Matsuri is a sight to behold. The name "Kanto Matsuri" does not mean that it is in the Kanto region, "Kanto" is the name...

Scrumptious Winter: Iburigakko & Kiritanpo Hot Pot, Akita Prefecture

Kiritanpo Kiritanpo, mashed, steamed rice in the shape of a cylinder, is a specialty that is welded strongly on the identity of Akita Prefecture. In the past, kiritanpo was an easy-to-carry preserved food used primarily...