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Tohoku 2017 Spring & Summer

Explore Japan's Rich Heritage in Tohoku's Six Prefectures and Niigata

Oirase Keiryu – Aomori

  Oirase Keiryu, a picturesque stream flowing from Lake Towada, is representative of Japan’s unique beauty. You will never be bored by the enchanting waterfalls and stunning rocks along the 14-kilometer trek between Lake Towada’s...

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”...

Tono – Iwate

Tono - Iwate Tono is the place to go and see how people live in beautiful harmony with nature, as Japan's traditional landscape is perfectly preserved here. With old Japanese farmhouses and unchanged rural landscapes,...

Sasagawa Nagare – Niigata

  Breathtaking coastline with a beautiful contrast between the clear blue sea and white sand. The strange name "Sasagawa Nagare" roughly translates to "Sasagawa Flow" and is meant to express the waves brushing the coastline...

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...

Miharu Takizakura – Fukushima

Blossoms cascade like a waterfall from the top of one large benishidare (weeping cherry blossom) tree, leaving a stream of petals on the ground. During its nocturnal light-up period, this sakura is especially beautiful;...

Kitakami Tenschochi – Iwate

About 10,000 sakura (dating back more than 90 years) form a magnificent, 2-km long tunnel along the Kitakami river. Enjoy the intertwined someiyoshino (hybrid sakura), yamazakura (mountain sakura) and yaezakura (double cherry blossom) from...

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...

Nebuta Festival Japan [Nebuta Matsuri]

Nebuta Matsuri Aomori City, Aomori Prefecture Aug. 2 - 7 Highlight: fireworks festival on the final day Aomori city comes alive every summer to celebrate the Nebuta festival. Historically the festival functioned as a means of keeping...

Hanagasa Festival Japan [Hanagasa Matsuri]

Hanagasa Matsuri Yamagata City, Yamagata prefecture Aug. 5 - 7 Highlight: different types of dances using straw flower hats The iconic nature of the parade is the use of traditional agricultural workers hats decorated with red paper...