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.

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105
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Visited by
315 users
3

Hirosaki

Former castle town in Northern Tohoku.

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159
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Visited by
350 users
5

Aomori

City best known for its Nebuta Matsuri.

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251
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Visited by
628 users

Akita Prefecture

1

Kakunodate

City with nicely preserved samurai district.

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114
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Visited by
283 users
2

Hachimantai

Mountainous region with rustic hot springs.

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47
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Visited by
178 users
3

Akita

Prefectural capital best known for its festival.

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188
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Visited by
467 users

Iwate Prefecture

1

Sanriku Coast

Pacific coastline that was hit by the 2011 tsunami.

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37
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Visited by
109 users
2

Hiraizumi

Tohoku's former cultural and political capital.

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131
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Visited by
376 users
3

Appi Kogen

Leading ski resort in the Tohoku Region.

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Visited by
28 users
4

Tono

Rural town known for its folktales and legends.

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Visited by
19 users
5

Morioka

Prefectural capital famous for noodle dishes.

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34
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Visited by
89 users
6

Kitakami

Popular cherry blossom spot in the Tohoku Region.

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20
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Visited by
60 users

Yamagata Prefecture

1

Yamadera

Scenic temple on a steep mountainside.

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122
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Visited by
239 users
2

Dewa Sanzan

Three sacred mountains with shrines.

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39
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Visited by
106 users
3

Ginzan Onsen

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

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6
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Visited by
20 users
4

Zao

Volcano with hot spring and ski resort.

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72
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Visited by
364 users

Miyagi Prefecture

1

Matsushima

Scenic bay dotted by pine clad islets.

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332
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Visited by
733 users
2

Naruko Gorge

Forested gorge famous for its autumn colors.

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14
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Visited by
44 users
3

Sendai

Largest city in the Tohoku Region.

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587
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Visited by
1381 users

Fukushima Prefecture

1

Ouchijuku

Former post town along a trade route.

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40
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Visited by
89 users
3

Bandai

Volcanic mountains with beautiful highlands.

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42
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Visited by
156 users
4

Aizu

Small city known for its samurai history.

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193
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Visited by
544 users
5

Fukushima

Prefectural capital with a few attractions.

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41
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Visited by
174 users
6

Iwaki

City famous for its Hawaiian water park resort.

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35
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Visited by
103 users

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Page last updated: April 23, 2016