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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. Fuku-ura Jima


    From the Godaido Temple it's a short walk across a pedestrian bridge to the islet of Fuku-ura Jima. For the ¥200 toll you can break away from...Read More

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. Nyuto Onsen

    Hot Spring

    Inside Towada-Hachimantai National Park, Nyuto consists of seven different hinabita onsen—all charming—characterized by their milky water...Read More

  • 7. Tazawa-ko

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    The clear waters and forested slopes of Tazawa-ko, Japan's deepest lake, create a breathtaking, mystical quality. According to legend, the great...Read More

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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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