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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Akita City Folklore and Performing Arts Center

  • Festival–Sight

If you are not in town for Akita's famous Kanto Festival, this museum is the next best thing. Try balancing one of the poles topped with...

Ando House

  • Building/Architectural Site

A visit to this miso and soy sauce business, still located in the historic home of the Ando merchant family, is a treat for both the...


  • 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...


  • 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...


  • Bath/Hot Spring

Ginzan Onsen is known for its unique landscape and distinguished Taisho Era (1912–26) architectural design. A flood once destroyed...

Ginzan Onsen

  • Bath/Hot Spring

Ginzan is another relaxing hot spring between Yamagata and Sendai, but this one is more isolated than Sakunami. It's about two to three...


  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Just to the right of the ferry pier in Matsushima is this small temple constructed in 1609 at the behest of daimyo Date Masamune. The...

Gozaku Store

  • Store/Shop/Mall

This wealthy merchant's house was built sometime between the Edo and Meiji Periods (1600–1868) and has a distinguished historical presence.


  • Mountain–Sight

The climb up Mt. Haguro begins in Haguro Center, at the red Zaishin Gate (Zaishin-mon), then goes up 2,446 or so stone steps to the summit.


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