Friday, January 18, 2019

Winter Activities in Tohoku : World’s Best Sake!

Vital elements to making great sake include fresh water, clean rice, fermentation starter and proper temperature. The Tohoku region, characterized by harsh winters, unpolluted water and dry air, is known across Japan for having...
Gosen tulip festival

Sakura and Spring Flowers Compete to be the Most Beautiful

During the short spring of the Tohoku region, spring flowers race to catch up with the already blooming cherry blossoms. Once their petals begin to open they blossom all at once, giving the cherry...

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...

Matsushima Bay – Miyagi

Sakura in Saigyo Modoshi no Matsu Park and Matsushima Saigyo Hoshi, a renowned Japanese poet during the 12th century, expressed his love for cherry blossoms, as evidenced by his famous poem, "let me die under...

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...

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...

Feudal Lord’s Treasure: Zuigan-ji Temple

Zuigan-ji Temple, designated as a Japanese National Treasure, was originally established in the year 828 by the noted Buddhist monk, Jikaku Daishi. Later, the famed feudal lord Date Masamune rebuilt it as his family...

Ultimate Map of Fall Foliage Destinations in Japan : Miyagi Prefecture

Japan Map of Fall Foliage Tohoku Miyagi Miyagi Prefecture 25 ~ 29  25 Naruko-kyo (鳴子峡) in Osaki [googlemaps https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d12449.34338009684!2d140.68094598528722!3d38.733054771937695!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x0%3A0xc7c8ad9b609b714b!2z6bO05a2Q5bOh!5e0!3m2!1sen!2sus!4v1475720881986&w=100%&h=100%] First colors: End of October Color Peak: Beginning of November Recommended Spots: around the Narukokyo Resthouse near the western end...

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

Japan Map of Fall Foliage Tohoku Miyagi 27 Shiwahiko Shrine & Shiogama Shrine (志波彦神社・鹽竈神社) in Shiogama [googlemaps https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m14!1m8!1m3!1d3130.325446504484!2d141.01227852309478!3d38.31829379083248!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x0%3A0xc9d1e28a59bfca1d!2z6bm956uI56We56S-IFNoaW9nYW1hIFNocmluZQ!5e0!3m2!1sen!2sus!4v1475720723941&w=100%&h=100%] First colors: End of October Color Peak: Middle of November Access: 15min walk from Hon-Shiogama Station (JR Senseki Line) Address: Shiwahiko...

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...