The North Route
The north route takes our blogger through some of Japan's most remote and rugged landscapes as they explore from the rocky shores of Hokkaido's Shiretoko Peninsula through the mountains of Tohoku to the rural southern coasts of eastern Japan. Adventures abound with lots of hiking and outdoor experiences along the way.
Art Around Lake KizakikoNagano Prefecture
Enjoying exhibits of contemporary art around Lake Kizakiko, a small lake south of Shinano-Omachi in Nagano Prefecture.
The Outdoors of MinakamiGunma Prefecture
Swimming, jumping and sliding down the rapids and waterfalls of the Tone River in the mountain hot spring town of Minakami, Gunma Prefecture.
Wasabi Farming on the Izu PeninsulaShizuoka Prefecture
Visiting a farm on the Izu Peninsula to learn about and experience wasabi cultivation.
Soy Sauce Connections in ChoshiChiba Prefecture
Visit the most authentic and traditional shoyu (soy sauce) factory and eat freshly caught Tuna with your hand-squeezed shoyu.
Kokia and Cosmos at Hitachi Seaside ParkIbaraki Prefecture
Visiting Hitatchi Seaside Park, a sprawling public park in Ibaraki Prefecture known for its spectacular displays of seasonal flowers and the fire-red kokia plants which cover the hillsides in autumn.
Seven Colors of Hot Springs in ShiobaraTochigi Prefecture
Enjoying baths in many different hot springs in the historical bathing resort of Shiobara Onsen.
Hiking in UrabandaiFukushima Prefecture
Hiking the beautiful Goshikinuma Walk in the Urabandai Region of Fukushima Prefecture, that leads past several colorful ponds. The local autumn colors should be near their peak.
Omoshiroyama Kogen to YamaderaYamagata Prefecture
Hiking the steep Momijigawa Ravine via a thrilling riverside trail on the way from Omoshiroyama Kogen to Yamadera Temple.
Oysters and more on the Karakuwa PeninsulaMiyagi Prefecture
Seeing and tasting how local oyster cultivation on the Karakuwa Peninsula in Kesennuma has recovered from the 2011 Tsunami.
Kitayamazaki CliffsIwate Prefecture
Visiting the towering cliffs along the northern coast of Iwate Prefecture.
The Abandoned Osarizawa MineAkita Prefecture
Exploring the abandoned ruins of one of Japan's largest former mines in Akita Prefecture.
Japan's Most Scenic Train LineAomori Prefecture
Riding the Resort Shirakami train along the scenic Gono Line which follows the Sea of Japan coast of Akita and Aomori.
Exploring Ainu Culture in NibutaniHokkaido
Visiting one of the best museums about the Ainu, Hokkaido's indigenous people.
Climbing Mount TarumaeHokkaido
Climbing Mount Tarumae, one of Hokkaido's most powerful and active volcanoes that towers over the idyllic Shikotsuko caldera lake.
Trekking in Shiretoko National ParkHokkaido
Sea kayaking along the rocky coast of the Shiretoko Peninsula, home to Japan's largest population of brown bears.