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Tohoku

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Long a poor rural area known for its harsh climate, Tohoku remained off the tourist radar for most of modern Japanese history. Today, tourism in Tohoku remains refreshingly subdued, offering the chance to discover some of the country's finest natural scenery without the crowds. The area encompasses many scenic hot springs, developed ski areas, picturesque lakes, and historic castles and former samurai residences. Tohoku also serves as an ideal spot for that quintessential Japanese activity, the cherry blossom viewing: the trees bloom later here than elsewhere in the country, making the region a great alternative if you arrive a bit late in the season. Our Japan trip planner combines visitor reviews with your personal interests to make an itinerary informed by experts, but tailored to suit your style.
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Places to visit in Tohoku

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Castle
Sendaijo Ato Sendai
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Duration: 1 hour
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Ski Area
Yamagata Zao Onsen Ski Resort Yamagata
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Duration: 1 hour
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Park
Hirosaki Park Hirosaki
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Water Body
Oirase Mountain Stream Towada
4.7
Duration: 1 hour

Historic Sites in Tohoku

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Castle
Hirosaki Castle Hirosaki
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Duration: 2h 30 min
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Religious Site
Risshaku-ji Temple Yamagata
4.4
Duration: 1 hour
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Religious Site
Chuson-ji Temple Hiraizumi-cho
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Castle
Tsuruga jo Castle Aizuwakamatsu
4.1
Duration: 1h 30 min

Winter Sports in Tohoku

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Ski Area
Appi Kogen Ski Resort Hachimantai
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Duration: 1 hour
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Ski Area
Gran Deco Snow Resort Kitashiobara-mura
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Duration: 8 hours
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Ski Area
Aizu Kogen Takahata Ski Area Minamiaizu-machi
4.3
Duration: 8 hours

Museums in Tohoku

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Specialty Museum
Tachineputa No Yakata Goshogawara
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Duration: 2h 30 min
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History Museum
Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum Semboku
3.9
Duration: 1 hour
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Art Museum
Aomori Museum of Art Aomori
4.0
Duration: 1 hour
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Specialty Museum
Shayokan Goshogawara
4.1
Duration: 1 hour

Hidden gems in Tohoku

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Ski Area
Aomori Spring Ski Resort Ajigasawa-machi
4.4
Duration: 8 hours
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Ski Area
Tazawako Ski Resort Semboku
4.1
Duration: 1 hour
Onsen Resort
Onsen Resorts Yamagata
4.3
Duration: 30 minutes

Nature in Tohoku

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Mountain
Iimoriyama Aizuwakamatsu
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Duration: 1 hour
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Mountain
Hakkoda Mountains Aomori Prefecture
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Water Body
Goshikinuma Lake Kitashiobara-mura
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Duration: 1 hour
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Hot Spring
Ginzan Onsen Obanazawa
4.3
Duration: 4 hours

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