Monday, December 16, 2019
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Kitakami Tenshochi: Sakura Blossom Viewing Means Family Time

Kitakami Tenshochi (Kitakami, Iwate) The Kitakami River is home to quite a few hundred-yearold Somei Yoshino sakura trees. A small hill called Jin-gaoka commands the view of a two kilometer lineup of sakura...

Sansa Matsuri

Sansa Matsuri Morioka, Iwate Prefecture The charm of the festival lies in a parade where taiko drummers and dancers proceed through the city. The origin can be traced back to a legend about a...

Ultimate Map of Fall Foliage Destinations in Japan : Tohoku

Japan Map of Fall Foliage Tohoku Tohoku is located in the northeastern part of Japan’s Honshu island and consists of six prefectures — Aomori, Iwate, Miyagi, Akita, Yamagata and Fukushima. The region is famous...

A Glorious Golden Age: Hiraizumi & Chuson-ji Temple Konjikido

Hiraizumi consists of temples, gardens and more than 3,000 national treasures and important cultural properties that date back to the 11th and 12th centuries. The entire expanse, impressive and dazzling in appearance, was originally...

Ski in Japan: Top 5 Central Japan Resorts

Within just 3 hours of Central Japan, you can find slopes to suit any ski level, not to mention a great selection of spas. Our top four picks take you high, where trees freeze into "ice...

Winter Activities in Tohoku : Vintage Winter Rides

Make the most of your winter holiday by getting away with friends and family on transportation methods exclusive to Tohoku. Every winter, local operators run old-fashioned rides that bring Tohoku’s rich cultural heritage to...

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

Japan Map of Fall Foliage Tohoku Iwate 13 Geto Plateau Onsen Village (夏油 高原 温泉郷) in Kitakami A photo posted by true (@tellus_jp) on Oct 27, 2015 at 6:22am PDT //platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js [googlemaps https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d3090.274766300967!2d140.90409771572942!3d39.2366339344806!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x5f8f46da3b1e1a4d%3A0xc0110b670c12eac1!2z5aSP5rK56auY5Y6f44K544Kt44O85aC0!5e0!3m2!1sen!2sus!4v1475460852581&w=100%&h=100%] First colors: Beginning of October Color...

Winter Activities in Tohoku : Snow Activities

Gliding over or schussing through high-quality powder is the ultimate delight for skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels. Tohoku, just a few hours away from Tokyo by shinkansen (bullet train), is the perfect...

A Taste of Sh旬n: Much Ado About Mochi

Recently, a major convenience store chain in Japan came up with a summer version of dango (mochi, or rice cakes, usually on a stick) meant to be eaten cooled. Presumably this is to make...

Revisiting Traditional Architectural Wisdom: Thatching

Thatching is the traditional Japanese craft of building a roof with dry vegetation like straw to achieve warmth and sustainability while also saving energy. In Tohoku, there remain many thatched roof houses that resemble...