Tohoku Travel Guide
Plan Your Tohoku Vacation
Tohoku translates as "east–north," and it is a path less traveled by foreign tourists. Though the recent addition of bullet trains has made getting up here easier, Tohoku is still a world away from the crowded south. The mountain villages are more remote, the forests more untamed, and the people more reserved and wary of outsiders. But don't be fooled, they are quite friendly if you show them you appreciate the pace, look, and feel of things.
Hotels in Tohoku run the gamut from minuscule to behemoth, and often reflect local character. Make advance lodging... read more
Tohoku is a great place for fresh food, whether from the fields, mountains, forests, or seas. Restaurants range from local... read more
Explore the best sights, entertainment, and shopping with our top choices and insider tips.
Summer festivals: Tohoku hosts a number of raucous, tumultuous, and exciting festivals every summer, the Tanabata Matsuri being the... Read more
The Tohoku region has some 650 onsen (thermal spas) that are mostly located or "hidden" in remote mountain villages. Traveling here... Read more
Visitors seeking culinary excellence and diversity will not be disappointed in Tohoku. Restaurants in the region serve the freshest... Read more
Tohoku's Tanabata festival, one of the largest in Japan, is held every year from August 6 to 8 and is heralded by a massive fireworks... Read more
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