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The Tohoku Region (東北地方, Tōhoku Chihō, literally "North East Region") consists of six prefectures in the north of Japan's largest island, Honshu. It is well known for its countryside, mountains, lakes, hot springs, high quality rice and rough winters.

The Tohoku Region was hit by the earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011 and the ensuing nuclear accident. However, most areas of the Tohoku Region are now safe and welcoming tourists again. Of all the destinations in our travel guide, only Sendai, Matsushima, Iwaki and the Sanriku Coast suffered direct damage from the earthquake and tsunami, and even there most attractions reopened within a few weeks or months.

Top destinations in Tohoku

Aomori Prefecture

Aomori

City best known for its Nebuta Matsuri.
76%
683
Akita Prefecture

Akita

Prefectural capital best known for its festival.
71%
504
Iwate Prefecture

Tono

Rural town known for its folktales and legends.
92%
25

Kitakami

Popular cherry blossom spot in the Tohoku Region.
71%
73

Morioka

Prefectural capital famous for noodle dishes.
67%
122
Yamagata Prefecture

Zao

Volcano with hot spring and ski resort.
82%
385
Miyagi Prefecture

Sendai

Largest city in the Tohoku Region.
76%
1,472
Fukushima Prefecture
Historic Site

Ouchijuku

Former post town along a trade route.
87%
100

Bandai

Volcanic mountains with beautiful highlands.
73%
173

Aizu

Small city known for its samurai history.
79%
583

Fukushima

Prefectural capital with a few attractions.
69%
206

Iwaki

City famous for its Hawaiian water park resort.
63%
117
Page last updated: April 23, 2016