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.

What To See

Aomori Prefecture

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Lake Towada

Caldera lake famous for autumn colors.

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Visited by
298 users
3

Hirosaki

Former castle town in Northern Tohoku.

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151
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Visited by
324 users
5

Aomori

City best known for its Nebuta Matsuri.

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224
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Visited by
557 users

Akita Prefecture

1

Kakunodate

City with nicely preserved samurai district.

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105
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Visited by
260 users
2

Hachimantai

Mountainous region with rustic hot springs.

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42
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Visited by
158 users
3

Akita

Prefectural capital best known for its festival.

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169
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Visited by
413 users

Iwate Prefecture

1

Sanriku Coast

Pacific coastline that was hit by the 2011 tsunami.

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23
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Visited by
69 users
2

Hiraizumi

Tohoku's former cultural and political capital.

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Visited by
335 users
4

Morioka

Prefectural capital famous for noodle dishes.

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Visited by
40 users
5

Kitakami

Popular cherry blossom spot in the Tohoku Region.

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Visited by
50 users
6

Tono

Rural town known for its folktales and legends.

Visited by
13 users

Yamagata Prefecture

1

Yamadera

Scenic temple on a steep mountainside.

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Visited by
199 users
2

Dewa Sanzan

Three sacred mountains with shrines.

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33
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Visited by
98 users
3

Zao

Volcano with hot spring and ski resort.

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50
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Visited by
316 users

Miyagi Prefecture

1

Matsushima

Scenic bay dotted by pine clad islets.

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297
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Visited by
663 users
2

Naruko Gorge

Forested gorge famous for its autumn colors.

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6
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Visited by
31 users
3

Sendai

Largest city in the Tohoku Region.

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533
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Visited by
1247 users

Fukushima Prefecture

1

Ouchijuku

Former post town along a trade route.

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35
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Visited by
77 users
3

Bandai

Volcanic mountains with beautiful highlands.

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32
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Visited by
128 users
4

Aizu

Small city known for its samurai history.

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174
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Visited by
488 users
5

Fukushima

Prefectural capital with a few attractions.

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Visited by
116 users
6

Iwaki

City famous for its Hawaiian water park resort.

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Visited by
86 users
Last updated: August 26, 2014
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