Monday, May 27, 2019
mount haguro climbing guide

Mount Haguro: Walk the Mountain Path to Enlightenment

Experience the ancient shamanistic practices of Yamabushi spiritual training Yamagata has one of Japan’s most well-known sacred places for mountain worship, the Dewa Sanzan or the “Three Mountains of Dewa”. This ancient shamanistic training practiced...

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;...

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...

Pilgrimage to the 33 Kannon Buddha Temples

Aizu Culture through the eyes of a pilgrim Aizuwakamatsu, or Aizu for short, is a historic castle town known as the “land of the last samurai” in the Aizu district of Fukushima Prefecture in Tohoku....

Nature and worship “A journey of rebirth”

In The Realm of the Gods at Dewa Sanzan In many cultures, mountains often have religious significance and are regarded as abodes of the gods. Tohoku has three holy mountains, known collectively as Dewa Sanzan,...

Mountain and sea delicacies that you can’t get in cities

Local dishes you’ve never had before! Today, restaurant chains are so popular that there seems to be no diversity in the food and experience wherever you go. But this is not true in Tohoku, where...

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...

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...

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...

Winter Activities in Tohoku : Yukimi Onsen

For many, taking a dip in an onsen (hot spring) surrounded by snow-capped mountains while watching snow fall gently is a tranquil experience bordering on the heavenly. This is called yukimi onsen, meaning enjoying...