Tohoku Sights

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Towada–Hachimantai National Park 7

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Aomori 6

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Shirakami Sanchi

  • Forest

South of Mt. Iwaki are the Shirakami Mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is home to the world's largest virgin beech forest.

Sukayu Onsen

  • Bath/Hot Spring

Milky, highly acidic water floods into the large cedar bathhouse known as a sennin-buro, a 1,000-person bath. Designated as a national...

Tamagawa Onsen

  • Scenic Drive/Tour

The highlight is the strong, acidic water (which has a minor amount of radium): gushing out at almost 2,400 gallons per minute, it's...


  • Body Of Water/Waterfall

The clear waters and forested slopes of Tazawa-ko, Japan's deepest lake, create a mystical quality that greatly appeals to the Japanese.

Towada-Hachimantai National Park

  • Park (National/State/Provincial)

For walking among the splendid and vast virgin beech, pine, and cedar forests deep in the heart of Tohoku, you could not pick a better...


  • Town/Village

Thanks to its famous fall colors, Lake Towada welcomes a rumbling fleet of packed tour buses when the leaves begin to change. The lake...

Tsugaru-han Neputa Mura

  • Museum/Gallery

On the northeast corner of the castle grounds, this museum exhibits the giant drums and floats used in the annual Neputa Festival. If...


  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

One of a trio of Dewa peaks, 5,000-foot Yudono-san is generally the last on pilgrims' rounds. You can descend on foot in a few hours...


  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Matsushima's main temple dates from 828, but the present structure was rebuilt to meet Date Masamune's tastes in 1609. Zuiganji is perhaps...


  • Memorial/Monument/Tomb

Not your ordinary slab-of-stone memorial, the grand mausoleum of Date Masamune, the most revered daimyo of ancient Sendai, was made...