Tohoku Region

Tohoku Region

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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What To See

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Aomori Prefecture

2

Lake Towada

Caldera lake famous for autumn colors.

84
113
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Visited by
329 users
3

Hirosaki

Former castle town in Northern Tohoku.

79
171
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Visited by
373 users
5

Aomori

City best known for its Nebuta Matsuri.

76
267
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Visited by
673 users

Akita Prefecture

1

Kakunodate

City with nicely preserved samurai district.

80
123
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Visited by
300 users
2

Hachimantai

Mountainous region with rustic hot springs.

79
53
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Visited by
188 users
3

Akita

Prefectural capital best known for its festival.

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194
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Visited by
498 users

Iwate Prefecture

1

Sanriku Coast

Pacific coastline that was hit by the 2011 tsunami.

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41
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Visited by
128 users
2

Hiraizumi

Tohoku's former cultural and political capital.

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140
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Visited by
400 users
3

Appi Kogen

Leading ski resort in the Tohoku Region.

Visited by
30 users
4

Tono

Rural town known for its folktales and legends.

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10
votes
Visited by
24 users
5

Kitakami

Popular cherry blossom spot in the Tohoku Region.

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25
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Visited by
71 users
6

Morioka

Prefectural capital famous for noodle dishes.

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45
votes
Visited by
120 users

Yamagata Prefecture

1

Yamadera

Scenic temple on a steep mountainside.

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133
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Visited by
261 users
2

Dewa Sanzan

Three sacred mountains with shrines.

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39
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Visited by
114 users
3

Ginzan Onsen

One of Japan's nicest, old-fashioned onsen towns.

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10
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Visited by
27 users
4

Zao

Volcano with hot spring and ski resort.

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82
votes
Visited by
388 users

Miyagi Prefecture

1

Matsushima

Scenic bay dotted by pine clad islets.

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354
votes
Visited by
782 users
2

Naruko Gorge

Forested gorge famous for its autumn colors.

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18
votes
Visited by
52 users
3

Sendai

Largest city in the Tohoku Region.

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619
votes
Visited by
1459 users

Fukushima Prefecture

1

Ouchijuku

Former post town along a trade route.

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44
votes
Visited by
99 users
3

Bandai

Volcanic mountains with beautiful highlands.

73
46
votes
Visited by
169 users
4

Aizu

Small city known for its samurai history.

79
204
votes
Visited by
577 users
5

Fukushima

Prefectural capital with a few attractions.

70
45
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Visited by
199 users
6

Iwaki

City famous for its Hawaiian water park resort.

62
37
votes
Visited by
113 users

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Page last updated: April 23, 2016