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Northern Tohoku

Northern Tohoku offers a unique experience in terms of people and its local scene. Visitors often feel at home in Tohoku, maybe because life is slower here than in the cities of central Japan, Tokyo, or Osaka. And people love to cerebrate and have fun.

The Nebuta festival, held in August, is one of the biggest festivals in Japan and is known for its house-sized lanterns which the local citizens make and then during the festival, parade in the streets after night falls. Build in a trip to Tohoku during the festival into your itinerary and you will never forget the experience.

The axe-shaped Shimokita-hanto peninsula is in the northeastern part of Aomori. The cliffs are spectacular and there is a group of unusual looking rocks at Hotoke-ga-ura. Nearby Mt. Osore-zan is where the souls of the dead are said to gather.

In Iwate, the Rikuchu-kaigan coast may be the most scenic locale. Its shoreline is made up of severe cliffs and rows of oddly shaped rocks. It is characterized by Kitayama-saki Point with sheer cliffs that rise steeply from the surf.

And then there is Akita, a region full of old-style, traditional Japan. The city of Kakunodate kept the original layout of a Japanese castle town; many of the samurai houses still remain (including houses of numerous well-known Samurai, including Ishiguro, Aoyagi and Nishimiya).

A trip to Tohoku will give you a view of old-style Japan. Make it your primary destination, or build in a side trip. You will be surprised.

Onsen in Northern Tohoku

Aomori Prefecture

Aoni Onsen $$ 

Yachi Onsen $ 

Sukayu Onsen Ryokan $ 

Akita Prefecture

Kawarage Ooyutaki 

Turunoyu Onsen $$ 

Taenoyu Onsen $$ 

Magoroku Onsen $

Goshougake Onsen $

$ = under Y8,000 per person
$$ = between Y8,000 and Y14,500
$$$ = above Y14,500
= mixed-bathing onsen
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