Aomori, Iwate, Miyagi, Akita, Yamagata and Fukushima — these six ken (prefectures), along with the neighbouring Niigata, are panoramas of idyllic bucolic perfection and home to rich cultures passed down through generations. In each area, you will experience Japan in its most authentic, raw and breathtaking forms.
Located in northeastern Honshu, Tohoku borders the Sea of Japan, the Pacific Ocean, and the Tsugaru Straits. While Japan has made phenomenal strides in development over the past centuries, of course, the Tohoku region retains its old-world charms, traditional lifestyles and distinctive cultures. With its astounding scenery, ancient shrines , and unique lifestyles maintained by friendly people making remarkable local dishes, each spot and every person in the region has a fascinating story waiting to be discovered.
Challenge yourself by embarking on an exciting journey in search of a Japan about which most visitors — unfortunately — know precious little: Tohoku.
In Japan, the regional divisions or prefectures are called “Ken” while cities are called “Shi”.
This magazine uses the term “-ken” to refer to prefectures and “-shi” to refer to cities.
Tohoku’s ever-changing seasonal beauty is no secret. However, spring is the most energetic time of the year because of the stunning flowers and sprouting green leaves. Cities in the Tohoku area usually welcome their first blossom from late April to early May according to sakura zensens, a forecast of when and where the blossoms arrive each year. Pay a visit to Tohoku in spring for a full immersion in nature’s splendor. Not only can you tour top cherry blossom viewing spots and secret destinations only known to locals, you can also have a feast of local specialties and bring home the best travel memories.
Japan is a country filled with spectacular festivals, many of which have been around for hundreds of years. Thanks to those who manage to put it together, we are able to enjoy these amazing festivals unfold before our eyes. Read on to learn about behind-the-scene heroes whose stories are as intriguing and fascinating as the festivals itselves.
The Tohoku region boasts the most magnificent natural landscapes in Japan, and offers amazing eco-tours for exploring the area. Experience a day of sensational sights and adventures throughout Tohoku’s nature and wildlife areas. With a wealth of pristine wilderness in the Tohoku region, this area is a godsend for those who love exploring the great outdoors. If you are thinking of visiting, here are our top recommendations.
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