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Tohoku

  • Mount Hakkoda Range, Towada-Hachimantai National Park
Mount Hakkoda Range, Towada-Hachimantai National Park
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Location Type: Region
Largely rural north-east part of the main island Honshu, best known for seafood, skiing and hot springs.
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Wikipedia - Tōhoku region

Tōhoku region, Japan

The region consists of six prefectures: Akita, Aomori, Fukushima, Iwate, Miyagi and Yamagata. The last stronghold of the indigenous Ainu on Honshū and the site of many battles, Tōhoku retains a reputation as a remote region, offering breathtaking scenery but a harsh climate. The haiku poet Matsuo Bashō wrote Oku no Hosomichi (The Narrow Road to the Deep North) during his travels through Tōhoku. Tōhoku, like most of Japan, is hilly or mountainous, with the Ōu Mountains running north-south. Its initial historical settlement occurred between the seventh and ninth centuries, well after Japanese civilization and culture had become firmly established in central and southwestern Japan.

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Wikitravel - Tohoku

Tohoku Region map

Traditionally a poor rural backwater with a harsh climate, today's Tohoku offers the traveller some of the best scenery in Japan. In winter, the Snow Country (Yukiguni) of the western Japan Sea coast racks up some of the highest snowfall figures in the world, which also means great skiing and lots of hot springs to warm up in. Tohoku also has many castles and samurai residences, making it a good place to take in some history. It also serves as a good backup plan for cherry blossom viewing, since the trees blossom a few weeks later here than they do in Tokyo/Kyoto. ... read more

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