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

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  • 1. 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 destination...Read More

  • 2. Ando House

    Notable Building

    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 eyes and...Read More

  • 3. Auga


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

  • 4. Gas-san

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Buses leave JR Tsuruoka Station at 6, 7, 10:15 and 12:46 in summer for the nearly two-hour trip (¥1,560) to the Gas-san Hachigo-me stop. From...Read More

  • 5. Godaido

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Just to the right of the ferry pier in Matsu-shima is this small temple constructed in 1609 at the behest of daimyo Masamune Date. The temple...Read More

  • 6. Hachimantai Kogen

    Nature Sight

    Between Lake Tazawa and Lake Towada, the Hachimantai Plateau is a hotbed of geological activity between volcano tops. Geysers and bubbling mud...Read More

  • 7. Haguro-san

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The climb up Mt. Haguro begins at the red Zuishin Gate (Zuishin-mon), then goes up 2,446 or so stone steps to the summit. The strenuous ascent...Read More

  • 8. Iwate Koen

    City Park

    This park is large enough to get lost in, with varied landscapes, an astonishing variety of artfully placed flowers and trees, shady groves...Read More

  • 9. Oirase Gorge


    An excellent—if a bit crowded—choice for a walk is this gorge northeast of the lake at Nenokuchi. The carefully tended trail follows a river...Read More

  • 10. Osaki Hachiman-gu

    Aoba-ku | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    One of the few structures left standing in Sendai after World War II, this shrine houses the guardian deity of military families. As such, the...Read More

  • 11. Sannai Maruyama Iseki


    Want to know what it was like to live in this area 5,500 years ago? One of the country's largest archaeological sites, this features a reconstruction...Read More

  • 12. Sendai-jo

    Aoba-ku | Castle/Palace

    The Sendai Castle (or more accurately translated, "Castle Ruins") offers views of the city. A restored guardhouse is all that remains of what...Read More

  • 13. Senshū Koen

    City Park

    The site of the now-ruined Kubota Castle, Senshu Park is a large, shady respite from the sun where cherry blossoms, lotus, and azaleas add color...Read More

  • 14. SS-30 Building

    Aoba-ku | Viewpoint

    View the city of Sendai and the mountains for free from the observatory deck on the top floor of this 30-story skyscraper. Just follow the signs...Read More

  • 15. Tamagawa Onsen

    Scenic Drive

    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 Japan's...Read More

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  • 16. Towada-ko

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

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

  • 17. Yudono-san

    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 from Gas...Read More

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