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Autumn Color Report 2017
Naruko Report - October 31, 2017

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

Hirosaki

Former castle town in Northern Tohoku.
3.6 / 5
387

Aomori

City best known for its Nebuta Matsuri.
3.4 / 5
704

Kakunodate

City with nicely preserved samurai district.
3.7 / 5
310

Akita

Prefectural capital best known for its festival.
3.2 / 5
510

Hiraizumi

Tohoku's former cultural and political capital.
3.8 / 5
414

Tono

Rural town known for its folktales and legends.
4.3 / 5
27

Kitakami

Popular cherry blossom spot in the Tohoku Region.
3.3 / 5
77

Morioka

Prefectural capital famous for noodle dishes.
3.0 / 5
135

Ginzan Onsen

One of Japan's nicest, old-fashioned onsen towns.
4.4 / 5
29

Zao

Volcano with hot spring and ski resort.
3.8 / 5
398

Sakata

Commercial center at the Sea of Japan coast.
2

Naruko Gorge

Forested gorge famous for its autumn colors.
3.6 / 5
56

Sendai

Largest city in the Tohoku Region.
3.5 / 5
1,508
Historic Site

Ouchijuku

Former post town along a trade route.
4.2 / 5
109

Bandai

Volcanic mountains with beautiful highlands.
3.3 / 5
183

Aizu

Small city known for its samurai history.
3.6 / 5
605

Fukushima

Prefectural capital with a few attractions.
3.1 / 5
226

Iwaki

City famous for its Hawaiian water park resort.
2.7 / 5
123
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