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.

Top destinations in Tohoku

3

Hirosaki

Former castle town in Northern Tohoku.
3.7 / 5
394
5

Aomori

City best known for its Nebuta Matsuri.
3.4 / 5
717
1

Kakunodate

City with nicely preserved samurai district.
3.7 / 5
316
2

Hachimantai

Mountainous region with rustic hot springs.
3.7 / 5
207
4

Akita

Prefectural capital best known for its festival.
3.2 / 5
520
1

Sanriku Coast

Pacific coastline that was hit by the 2011 tsunami.
3.9 / 5
150
2

Hiraizumi

Tohoku's former cultural and political capital.
3.8 / 5
421
3

Appi Kogen

Leading ski resort in the Tohoku Region.
3.3 / 5
34
4

Tono

Rural town known for its folktales and legends.
4.3 / 5
30
5

Kitakami

Popular cherry blossom spot in the Tohoku Region.
3.3 / 5
78
6

Morioka

Prefectural capital famous for noodle dishes.
3.0 / 5
140
3

Ginzan Onsen

One of Japan's nicest, old-fashioned onsen towns.
4.0 / 5
33
4

Zao

Volcano with hot spring and ski resort.
3.8 / 5
408
6

Sakata

Commercial center at the Sea of Japan coast.
5
1

Matsushima

Scenic bay dotted by pine clad islets.
3.9 / 5
831
2

Naruko Gorge

Forested gorge famous for its autumn colors.
3.6 / 5
61
3

Sendai

Largest city in the Tohoku Region.
3.5 / 5
1,533
1
Historic Site

Ouchijuku

Former post town along a trade route.
4.2 / 5
110
3

Aizu

Small city known for its samurai history.
3.6 / 5
614
4

Bandai

Volcanic mountains with beautiful highlands.
3.3 / 5
186
5

Fukushima

Prefectural capital with a few attractions.
3.2 / 5
232
6

Iwaki

City famous for its Hawaiian water park resort.
2.7 / 5
124