Tohoku is blessed with beautiful nature. It is a popular destination to view impressive autumn leaves, cherry blossoms, summer green forests, snow festivals. In addition, Tohoku offers world class hot spring resorts throughout the region which are in fact worth visiting. Discover four seasons beauty and experience its leading summer and winter festivals including the historic sites.

Okama Crater, Mt. Zao in the Tohoku Region. Photo Credit: Tomoaki INABA at Flickr.
  • Region: Tohoku
  • Prefecture: Aomori, Iwate, Miyagi, Akita, Yamagata, and Fukushima
  • Largest city: Sendai in Miyagi Prefecture
  • Area: 66,889.55 km2

Kokeshi: Beautiful Traditional Japanese Doll

Before getting insight into Kokeshi, first I would like to praise its birthplace called Tohoku. It is a charm area, don’t you think so? Blessed with abundance of beautiful nature, Tohoku has become one of the places in Japan that ...
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10 Most Popular Local Dishes of Aomori

People don’t visit Japan just to explore its top tourist attractions. Instead, they are curious about the foods that are commonly eaten by us. Many foodie lovers from all over the world choose Japan as their dream destination to satisfy ...
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10 Best Places to see Autumn Leaves in Tohoku

Leaf peeping trip to Tohoku this autumn season would be a great holiday idea for you. In fact Tohoku is seen to be one of the perfect autumn holiday destinations in Japan. The region is well known for its picturesque ...
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Sendai Tanabata Matsuri 2016

Sendai Tanabata Matsuri is the most famous tanabata celebration in Japan which takes place in downtown Sendai, Miyagi prefecture. It is held every year on August 6th to 8th. Tohoku’s summer does not end without the celebration of the three ...
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Akita Kanto Matsuri 2016 (Kanto Festival)

During the Akita Kanto Matsuri (pole lantern festival) in early August, Akita city becomes magically breathtaking. Why? Akita is an impressive place. Think about Kakunodate cherry blossom festival in spring and Yokote kamakura festival in winter. Both are highly impressive ...
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Aomori Nebuta Matsuri 2016

It is summer, is not it? If the weather sounds crazy now because of the heat outside then I am sorry to inform you that reading about Aomori Nebuta Matsuri (Festival) may not be a good idea. Heat is everywhere, ...
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Kakunodate Cherry Blossom Festival 2017

In spring, when you think of visiting Akita prefecture, first you must think of its biggest annual cherry blossom festival. The festival is widely known as Kakunodate Cherry Blossom Festival. Kakunodate is a famous castle town of Tohoku region, located ...
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Wanko Soba in Iwate | Noodles Dish

Wanko Soba is one of the most popular local specialties of Iwate prefecture especially in Morioka and Hanamaki areas. It is really funny and interesting moment while eating bowls of wanko soba until you are fully satisfied your stomach and ...
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3 Best Places to See Cherry Blossom in Aomori

You might have heard of Hirosaki Park’s cherry blossom festival before, which is seen to be the best cherry blossom spot in Aomori as well as in the whole Tohoku region. Hello dear ambitious sakura lovers, if your aim is ...
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10 Famous Cherry Blossom Trees to Visit in Japan

Hanami season is rapidly approaching. It means the spring holiday is not far away, everything here will be filled with a lot of excitement. We can expect it, can’t we? When most people travel to Japan during spring, they go ...
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10 Best Places to See Cherry Blossom in Tohoku

Tohoku's nature is changing - every day and constantly till something burst into life! Yes, spring is near as we have already received a cool gift “Ume” from our diverse nature. It is the early sign of spring. The next ...
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Morioka Reimen | Cold Noodles Dish

This is Morioka Reimen, not the greatest Sapporo Ramen. Don’t mess up with this! It is one of my favorite noodle dishes that come from Tohoku region. People dwelling in Iwate are very proud of this because they all know ...
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Apple Picking Season in Aomori

Apple is an icon of Aomori prefecture. If Furano is famous for its lavender fields then Aomori certainly is for its apple orchards. Aomori, the northernmost prefecture on the mainland of Japan produces more than half of the total apple ...
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Iwate Snow Festival at Koiwai Farm

Iwate snow festival is one of the five biggest snow festivals in Tohoku region. The festival is held in early February every year which is seen to be the symbol of winter in Iwate prefecture. Northern and northeastern part of ...
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Hirosaki Castle Snow Lantern Festival | Visit Aomori

Winter in Aomori is spectacular with the Hirosaki castle snow lantern festival. It is held every year in February that lasts for 5 days long. The festival is also known as Hirosaki castle yuki-doro festival - so don’t be confused ...
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Yokote Kamakura Festival 2017 | Visit Akita

Yokote kamakura festival has been celebrated by the resident of Akita for more than 400 years. This is a famous winter tradition of Akita prefecture that attracts thousands of visitors each year. The festival takes place in the city of ...
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The Frost Covered Trees of Mount Zao | Visit Yamagata

The words “Snow Monsters” might produce some fear in your mind. Usually, monster is found in legends or horror fiction which appears in a large form and be a frightening creature. I don’t think that this kind of monster has ...
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Hachimantai in Autumn

Autumn Leaves in Tohoku | Koyo Season 2016

Tohoku is blessed with nature and autumn foliage here is fabulous! Tohoku region consists of six prefectures, they are: Aomori, Akita, Iwate, Yamagata, Miyagi, and Fukushima. These are the places where colorful autumn foliage is expected to be seen from ...
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