Tohoku Sights

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Towada–Hachimantai National Park 8

Aomori 7

Morioka 7

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Akita 6

Kakunodate 5

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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...


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


  • Mountain–Sight

Buses leave JR Tsuruoka Station at 6 and 7 am in summer for the 90-minute trip (¥2,060) to the Gas-san Hachigo-me stop; the 10:40 and...


  • 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...


  • 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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On the outskirts of Mt. Atagoyama is a temple district where a dozen temples are clustered. This one houses 499 statues of Buddha's disciples...

Mitsu-Ishi Shrine

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Literally "the Shrine of the Three Rocks," here you will find said boulders wrapped with Shinto straw festoons. In case you're wondering...


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A World Heritage Site, Motsu Temple's main buildings were destroyed by the fire that consumed much of the area in 1226. However, its...

Osaki Hachiman-gu

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This was one of the few structures left standing in Sendai after World War II. Built in Yonezawa in 1527, the shrine pleased local daimyo...


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Interested in Zen meditation? This temple, with a quintessentially Japanese garden, holds free zazen-kai (seated meditation class)...


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