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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  Shimokita Hanto
Remote peninsula famed for Fear Mountain.
User rating: 86/100 (34 votes)
Visited by: 93 users
 2  Lake Towada
Caldera lake famous for autumn colors.
User rating: 85/100 (95 votes)
Visited by: 269 users
 3  Hirosaki
Former castle town in Northern Tohoku.
User rating: 78/100 (143 votes)
Visited by: 302 users
 4  Shirakami Sanchi
Mountain range with virgin beech forests.
User rating: 82/100 (26 votes)
Visited by: 78 users
 5  Aomori
City best known for its Nebuta Matsuri.
User rating: 75/100 (201 votes)
Visited by: 496 users
 
Akita Prefecture
 1  Kakunodate
City with nicely preserved samurai district.
User rating: 80/100 (101 votes)
Visited by: 235 users
 2  Hachimantai
Mountainous region with rustic hot springs.
User rating: 79/100 (37 votes)
Visited by: 140 users
 3  Akita
Prefectural capital best known for its festival.
User rating: 70/100 (151 votes)
Visited by: 365 users
 4  Kamakura Festival
Festival in Yokote with lots of small snow houses.
User rating: insufficient data
Visited by: 8 users
  
Iwate Prefecture
 1  Hiraizumi
Tohoku's former cultural and political capital.
User rating: 82/100 (108 votes)
Visited by: 296 users
 2  Appi Kogen
Leading ski resort in the Tohoku Region.
User rating: insufficient data
Visited by: 11 users
 3  Sanriku Coast
Pacific coastline that was hit by the 2011 tsunami.
User rating: 89/100 (11 votes)
Visited by: 38 users
 4  Kitakami
Popular cherry blossom spot in the Tohoku Region.
User rating: 70/100 (14 votes)
Visited by: 39 users
  
Yamagata Prefecture
 1  Yamadera
Scenic temple on a steep mountainside.
User rating: 90/100 (80 votes)
Visited by: 155 users
 2  Dewa Sanzan
Three sacred mountains with shrines.
User rating: 89/100 (30 votes)
Visited by: 86 users
 3  Zao
Volcano with hot spring and ski resort.
User rating: 79/100 (41 votes)
Visited by: 276 users
Miyagi Prefecture
 1  Matsushima
Scenic bay dotted by pine clad islets.
User rating: 82/100 (280 votes)
Visited by: 598 users
 2  Sendai
Largest city in the Tohoku Region.
User rating: 76/100 (496 votes)
Visited by: 1132 users
 3  Naruko Gorge
Forested gorge famous for its autumn colors.
User rating: insufficient data
Visited by: 19 users
Fukushima Prefecture
 1  Bandai
Volcanic mountains with beautiful highlands.
User rating: 72/100 (27 votes)
Visited by: 96 users
 2  Aizu
Small city known for its samurai history.
User rating: 78/100 (153 votes)
Visited by: 428 users
 3  Fukushima
Prefectural capital with a few attractions.
User rating: 75/100 (8 votes)
Visited by: 62 users
 4  Iwaki
City famous for its Hawaiian water park resort.
User rating: 62/100 (24 votes)
Visited by: 66 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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