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

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Lake Towada

Caldera lake famous for autumn colors.

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111
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Visited by
327 users
3

Hirosaki

Former castle town in Northern Tohoku.

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171
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Visited by
373 users
5

Aomori

City best known for its Nebuta Matsuri.

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266
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Visited by
672 users

Akita Prefecture

1

Kakunodate

City with nicely preserved samurai district.

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121
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Visited by
296 users
2

Hachimantai

Mountainous region with rustic hot springs.

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52
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Visited by
188 users
3

Akita

Prefectural capital best known for its festival.

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193
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Visited by
495 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
125 users
2

Hiraizumi

Tohoku's former cultural and political capital.

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136
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Visited by
394 users
3

Appi Kogen

Leading ski resort in the Tohoku Region.

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Visited by
29 users
4

Tono

Rural town known for its folktales and legends.

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Visited by
22 users
5

Kitakami

Popular cherry blossom spot in the Tohoku Region.

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Visited by
69 users
6

Morioka

Prefectural capital famous for noodle dishes.

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44
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Visited by
114 users

Yamagata Prefecture

1

Yamadera

Scenic temple on a steep mountainside.

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132
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Visited by
258 users
2

Dewa Sanzan

Three sacred mountains with shrines.

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39
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Visited by
111 users
3

Ginzan Onsen

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

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10
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Visited by
26 users
4

Zao

Volcano with hot spring and ski resort.

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83
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Visited by
390 users

Miyagi Prefecture

1

Matsushima

Scenic bay dotted by pine clad islets.

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350
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Visited by
773 users
2

Naruko Gorge

Forested gorge famous for its autumn colors.

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17
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Visited by
52 users
3

Sendai

Largest city in the Tohoku Region.

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611
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Visited by
1446 users

Fukushima Prefecture

1

Ouchijuku

Former post town along a trade route.

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43
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Visited by
97 users
3

Bandai

Volcanic mountains with beautiful highlands.

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44
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Visited by
167 users
4

Aizu

Small city known for its samurai history.

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202
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Visited by
573 users
5

Fukushima

Prefectural capital with a few attractions.

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43
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Visited by
192 users
6

Iwaki

City famous for its Hawaiian water park resort.

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36
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Visited by
111 users

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Page last updated: April 23, 2016