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Tohoku Travel Guide

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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.

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Attractions
Aomori Prefecture
 1  Lake Towada
Caldera lake famous for autumn colors.
User rating: 85/100 (98 votes)
Visited by: 278 users
 2  Shimokita Hanto
Remote peninsula famed for Fear Mountain.
User rating: 85/100 (37 votes)
Visited by: 99 users
 3  Hirosaki
Former castle town in Northern Tohoku.
User rating: 78/100 (147 votes)
Visited by: 311 users
 4  Shirakami Sanchi
Mountain range with virgin beech forests.
User rating: 82/100 (26 votes)
Visited by: 83 users
 5  Aomori
City best known for its Nebuta Matsuri.
User rating: 75/100 (212 votes)
Visited by: 519 users
 
Akita Prefecture
 1  Kakunodate
City with nicely preserved samurai district.
User rating: 80/100 (103 votes)
Visited by: 245 users
 2  Hachimantai
Mountainous region with rustic hot springs.
User rating: 79/100 (39 votes)
Visited by: 148 users
 3  Akita
Prefectural capital best known for its festival.
User rating: 70/100 (158 votes)
Visited by: 388 users
 4  Kamakura Festival
Festival in Yokote with lots of small snow houses.
User rating: insufficient data
Visited by: 9 users
  
Iwate Prefecture
 1  Sanriku Coast
Pacific coastline that was hit by the 2011 tsunami.
User rating: 91/100 (17 votes)
Visited by: 47 users
 2  Hiraizumi
Tohoku's former cultural and political capital.
User rating: 82/100 (111 votes)
Visited by: 306 users
 3  Appi Kogen
Leading ski resort in the Tohoku Region.
User rating: insufficient data
Visited by: 14 users
 4  Morioka
Prefectural capital famous for noodle dishes.
User rating: 73/100 (8 votes)
Visited by: 18 users
 5  Kitakami
Popular cherry blossom spot in the Tohoku Region.
User rating: 69/100 (15 votes)
Visited by: 43 users
 
Yamagata Prefecture
 1  Yamadera
Scenic temple on a steep mountainside.
User rating: 90/100 (85 votes)
Visited by: 167 users
 2  Dewa Sanzan
Three sacred mountains with shrines.
User rating: 89/100 (32 votes)
Visited by: 92 users
 3  Zao
Volcano with hot spring and ski resort.
User rating: 80/100 (43 votes)
Visited by: 290 users
 4  Ginzan Onsen
One of Japan's nicest, old-fashioned onsen towns.
User rating: insufficient data
Visited by: 1 user
  
Miyagi Prefecture
 1  Matsushima
Scenic bay dotted by pine clad islets.
User rating: 82/100 (285 votes)
Visited by: 622 users
 2  Sendai
Largest city in the Tohoku Region.
User rating: 76/100 (507 votes)
Visited by: 1169 users
 3  Naruko Gorge
Forested gorge famous for its autumn colors.
User rating: insufficient data
Visited by: 22 users
Fukushima Prefecture
 1  Bandai
Volcanic mountains with beautiful highlands.
User rating: 73/100 (28 votes)
Visited by: 105 users
 2  Aizu
Small city known for its samurai history.
User rating: 78/100 (158 votes)
Visited by: 447 users
 3  Fukushima
Prefectural capital with a few attractions.
User rating: 66/100 (14 votes)
Visited by: 81 users
 4  Iwaki
City famous for its Hawaiian water park resort.
User rating: 63/100 (26 votes)
Visited by: 75 users
  

Access and Orientation
The Tohoku Region is well connected with Tokyo by the Tohoku, Yamagata and Akita Shinkansen lines. The JR East Pass can be a good deal for exploring the region by train.

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English Links
Tohoku Guide
Informative web site by Tohoku Tourism Promotion Organization.

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News and Reports
October 30, 2013
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