Tohoku Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Tohoku - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Towada–Hachiman-tai National Park 6

Morioka 6

Sendai 6

Aomori 5

Tsuruoka and Dewa-Sanzan 4

Akita 4

Tazawa-ko and Kakunodate 4

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Kakunodate 3

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Hiraizumi 3

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Yamadera 3

Matsushima 3

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Akita Museum of Art

  • Museum/Gallery

To make Akita's art more central and accessible, the city opened this modern museum in 2012. However, after some tussles with local galleries...

Aomori Kenritsu Bijutsukan

  • Museum/Gallery

This contemporary arts museum houses a collection of works by Munakata Shiko (1903–75), Nara Yoshitomo (1959–) and Terayama Shuji...

Aoyagi Samurai Manor Museum

  • Building/Architectural Site

Several well-preserved samurai houses date from the founding of Kakunodate. The most renowned is Aoyagi-ke, which functions as a museum...

Auga

  • Market/Bazaar

Fish, shellfish, preserved seaweed, and fish eggs—in short, all manner of marine organisms—are hawked by hundreds of vendors in this...

Chosho-ji

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Thirty-three of the Soto Sect's Zen temples line up solemnly along a long avenue called Zenrin-gai (Zen Forest Street), at the end of...

Chuson-ji

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Founded in 850, this temple's highlight is its Konjikido (Golden Hall), which was completed in 1124. The first Ou Fujiwara lord Kiyohara...

Densho House Workshop

  • Museum/Gallery

A hall in front of a cluster of samurai houses serves as a museum and a workshop for the local cherry-bark veneer handicrafts that became...

Fuku-ura Jima

  • Park (National/State/Provincial)

From the Godaido Temple it's a short walk across a pedestrian bridge to the islet of Fukurajima. For the ¥200 toll you can break away...

Gas-san

  • Park (National/State/Provincial)

Buses leave JR Tsuruoka Station at 6 and 7 am in summer for the 90-minute trip (¥1,650) to the Gas-san Hachigo-me stop. From there you...

Geibikei Funa-kudari

  • Local Interest–Sight

One of the oddest places in Japan, the surreal Geibikei Gorge is a slightly decrepit, definitely kitchy tourist attraction. You board...

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