Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Shirakami Sanchi – Aomori, Akita

  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...

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”...

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...

Kanto Festival Japan [Kanto Matsuri]

Kanto Matsuri Akita City, Akita Prefecture Aug. 3 - 6 Highlight: see participants balance 50kg lantern poles A chorus of bamboo flutes signals the start of the festival and immediately various groups of men hoist the 12-meter...

Forget ramen – the noodles here are one-of-a-kind!

Wanko Soba These soba noodles are for the competitive eater! Stack up your dishes and see who will become the noodle master. These small servings can quickly add up and a popular goal is to...

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...

Ultimate Map of Fall Foliage Destinations in Japan : Akita Prefecture

Japan Map of Fall Foliage Tohoku Akita Akita Prefecture 19 ~ 24 [googlemaps https://www.google.com/maps/d/embed?mid=1L-30yQ0OD2vbap0zFV4xsIYXxgs&z=8&ll=39.5446249,141.3658261&w=700&h=600] 19 Mount Moriyoshi (森吉山) in Kita-Akita A photo posted by @mado.ca on Oct 22, 2015 at 12:58am PDT //platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js [googlemaps https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d48911.59776488849!2d140.4787875989633!3d39.9866671393022!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x5f85519bb5bf37df%3A0xf8a839b3ad9ea778!2sMt.+Moriyoshi!5e0!3m2!1sen!2sjp!4v1475652264673&w=100%&h=100%] First colors: Beginning of October Color...

Ultimate Map of Fall Foliage Destinations in Japan : Akita Prefecture (3)

Japan Map of Fall Foliage Tohoku Akita 23 Dakigaeri Valley (抱返り渓谷) in Semboku A photo posted by tomochan! (@yamatomo5547) on Nov 9, 2015 at 3:19am PST A photo posted by Makiko Kashiwaya (@makikokashiwaya) on Oct 31,...

Ultimate Map of Fall Foliage Destinations in Japan : Akita Prefecture (2)

Japan Map of Fall Foliage Tohoku Akita 21 Senshu Park (千秋公園) in Akita A photo posted by @syuu_01 on Nov 8, 2015 at 4:45am PST //platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js [googlemaps https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d12275.666830616241!2d140.116066766349!3d39.71905454013004!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x0%3A0x599db4d3ed91e6d5!2sSenshu+Park!5e0!3m2!1sen!2sjp!4v1475652667116&w=100%&h=100%] First colors: End of October Color Peak: Beginning of November Access: 10min...

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...