News from JNTO

Tohoku - The must experience highlights of Japan’s deep north

Tohoku

 

Tohoku, often referred to as Japan’s deep north, receives the heaviest snowfall in all of Japan (Hokkaido included) and yet its people are still some of the warmest. The countryside of Tohoku is still unknown to most foreign visitors and yet it boasts some of the most stunning scenery, and best places to view cherry blossoms in the country. Here are some must experience highlights for those looking for an unforgettable trip to northern Japan.

 

Must See

Tohoku
Yamadera

Yamagata prefecture's ancient temple, Yamadera (literally mountain temple) offers stunning vistas no matter the season and is considered to be one of Japan’s most beautiful temples. Those determined enough to climb the 1,000 steps to the summit will be rewarded with an unforgettable sight and luxury travelers can check into nearby Ginzan Onsen for a relaxing soak at days end. Visitors to Yamagata can also experience an authentic geisha performance outside of Kyoto which is not to be missed.

Tohoku
Ginzan Onsen

 

Learn More: http://en.tohokukanko.jp/yamagata

 

Must Do

Tohoku
View from Tsuruga Castle

Stroll the Samurai City of Aizu-Wakamatsu in Fukushima prefecture. The famed Tsuruga castle and surrounding gardens are a must for any traveler, especially during cherry blossom season. Enjoy an authentic tea ceremony in the tea house on the castle grounds or visit one of the many nearby samurai residences for a real dose of Japanese history. After a day of exploring, retire in luxury at the Aizu-Higashiyama resort.

Learn More: http://e.samurai-city.jp/

 

Must Taste

Tohoku
Matsushima Oysters

Miyagi prefecture is a foodie paradise that most travelers are missing out on. If the famous Matsushima oysters don’t bring you running, the overabundance or restaurants on Sendai’s Jozenji-dori definitely will. While you’re in Sendai, be sure not to miss a trip to the Nikka Whisky Distillery to sample the award winning Japanese whisky.

Tohoku

 

Learn More: http://sendai-travel.jp/

 

Must Experience

Tohoku

 

Although Hirosaki Park in Aomori Prefecture is beautiful year-round, it’s absolutely spectacular to experience during cherry blossom season. The park boasts over 50 different types of cherry blossoms and because it lies so far north, you can see them as late as the end of April/early May. If you want to fully experience Japanese nature, venture east to the Oirase area and hike or bicycle through lush green forests past stunning streams and waterfalls. Relax in luxury at the Hoshino Oirase Keiryu Hotel to complete your trip.

 

Tohoku

 

Learn More: http://www.en-aomori.com/

Information is provided as a courtesy to users of this website. Though the JNTO endeavors to ensure the information is accurate, users of the information are to act on such using their own judgement and at their own risk. Neither the JNTO nor any holder of copyright to the information shall be held responsible in any way whatsoever for any loss or misunderstanding, either direct or indirect, that is incurred as a result of utilizing the information.

Japan Highlight

Heritage

Heritage

Fantastic insight into Japan's diverse history.

Gourmet

Gourmet

Satisfy the most discerning of palettes, as well as the strictest of budgets.

Pop Culture

Pop Culture

Explore everything Japanese pop culture has to offer.

Modern Art

Modern Art

Visualize Japan's treasured heritage and its cutting-edge future.

Ski in Japan

Ski in Japan

A diamond in the rough for ski enthusiasts and families worldwide.

Cruise

Cruise

Breathtaking cruises around Japan.

Festival

Affordable Tips

Make a trip to Japan enjoyable and affordable.

Tohoku

go: Tohoku

Experience the treasures of Northern Japan.

hokuriku

Discover the Undiscovered

Explore the undiscovered region in 7 days.

hokkaido

The Heart of Hokkaido

Discover the wild charms of Japan’s northern frontier.

Japan101

For First Time Travelers

Explore Japan's Iconic Destinations.