TOHOKU

TOHOKU

TOHOKU

TOHOKU

TOHOKU

TOHOKU

TOHOKU

"Tastes of JAPAN by ANA" is a regional vitalization project that collaborates with the different prefectures in Japan to present the Land of the Rising Sun in all of its diverse glory.
  • TOHOKU

  • Aomori

  • Iwate

  • Miyagi

  • Akita

  • Yamagata

  • Fukushima

Tohoku

  • Tohoku
  • Aomori
  • Iwate
  • Miyagi
  • Akita
  • Yamagata
  • Fukushima

With Japan’s longest Ou Mountain Range as the border, the Tohoku region is divided into the Pacific coast area, the Japan Sea coast area and the Sanriku area. Taking advantage of the varying climate and distinctive geography, agriculture is one of the most thriving industries. In summer, an inflow of tourists visit the region to experience the excitement of Tohoku’s top three festivals: the Nebuta Festival in Aomori, the Kanto Festival in Akita and the Tanabata Festival in Miyagi. Endowed with nature’s bounty and beauty, Tohoku is full of sightseeing spots to explore and enjoy for all seasons, with regional delectable cuisine and activities.

All Tohoku All Tohoku

Located at the northern tip of Japan’s main island, Aomori Prefecture has many different faces depending on the locality and the season. Taking a stroll in the primeval beech forest of the Shirakami Mountains, which was designated as a World Heritage Site, will surely be an inspirational experience. Aomori boasts plenty of specialty products, including apples and rice, as well as such local dishes as “Senbei-jiru” (pot dish cooked with rice crackers and vegetables) and “Ichigo-ni” (sea urchin and abalone soup). Nebuta Festival, which is counted as one of Tohoku's top three festivals brings a frenzy of excitement to a prefecture known for a cooler climate.

Aomori Aomori

Second only to Hokkaido as Japan’s largest prefecture, Iwate is truly a sight to behold, including the breathtakingly beautiful and mystical Jodogahama Beach and limestone caverns. The prefecture is also where literary classic “Tono Monogatari (The Legends of Tono),” a collection of folklore narratives, as well as children’s books by Kenji Miyazawa, are based. One of the most popular dishes of Iwate Prefecture is “Wanko Soba.” In the spirit of hospitality, a small bowl of soba buckwheat noodles is served quickly and endlessly refilled is sure to be an unforgettable experience.

Iwate Iwate

Surrounded by the sea and mountains, Miyagi Prefecture is known as the City of Trees since ancient times and has natural highlights include Akiu Great Falls and Rairai-kyo Gorge. Miyagi is also famous for a wide variety of hot springs such as Naruko Onsenkyo as well as local dishes including ox tongue and “Zunda Mochi” (soybean paste draped over sticky rice cake). Historic sightseeing spots with a traditional atmosphere include Matsushima, one of the top three scenic views of Japan, and Aoba Castle with the iconic statue of Masamune Date (1567-1636).

Miyagi Miyagi

Blessed with bountiful nature, Akita Prefecture is dotted with an amazing array of sightseeing spots and hot springs. Local performing arts and festivals are also held, such as “Namahage” (a ritual in which men dressed as ogres to admonish children for their laziness and ward off misfortune), “Kiritanpo” (mashed rice skewer), “Akitakomachi” (a rice varietal) and “Kamakura” (igloo-like houses). Streets lined with old samurai residences in Kakunodate and Koraku-kan in Kosaka-machi are steeped in a nostalgic atmosphere that will make you feel like you are traveling back in time. If you are looking for a rich, traditional cultural experience, this is the place to be.

Akita Akita

Resource-rich tourism destinations abound in Yamagata Prefecture, including the Japan Sea, Dewa Mountains, and hot spring resorts. Enjoy boat tours down the Mogami River or visit the Somaro Maiko Teahouse, where you can experience the history and culture of Yamagata. To get a taste of Yamagata, drop by at the Yamagata Sake Museum where you can find Japanese sake made by 49 breweries in the prefecture, Nakano Fruits Garden for sampling freshly picked fruits and a variety of restaurants offering dishes with locally sourced traditional vegetables.

Yamagata Yamagata

Fukushima Prefecture mesmerizes visitors with Tsuruga Castle with its iconic red-tiled roofs, as well as splendid natural wonders such as Mount Bandai and Goshiki-numa (five-colored lakes). Ouchijuku, which thrived in the Edo period (1603-1868) as a post station on a vital road connecting Aizuwakamatsu City in Fukushima Prefecture and Nikko Imaichi in Tochigi Prefecture, is designated as the Important Preservation Districts for Groups of Traditional Buildings by the Japanese government.

Fukushima Fukushima

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