For a tasty blend of history, nature and laidback luxury, start exploring Tohoku.
Spanning six prefectures across the northeast of Japan’s main island of Honshu, the Tohoku region is a sprawling swathe of spectacular natural beauty – think scenic hot springs, glistening lakes, cherry blossom-frosted countryside and snow-capped mountains studded with temples.
For a quintessential Japanese experience, make your way to the Nyuto Onsen Village, where you can soak your cares away in the hot springs while snow gently sprinkles on the surrounding greenery. For even more classic Japanese wonder, the cherry blossoms in the region are incredible – there are thousands surrounding the beautiful Hirosaki Castle, and it’s rated in the top 100 cherry blossom viewing spots.
Dip into history at the traditional Samurai village of Kakunodate or trek up to the ancient mountain temple of Yamadera for incredible views and even more incredible temple architecture.
For food lovers, Tohoku’s Miyagi prefecture is one tasty hotspot – it’s famous for its oysters and it’s home to Sendai, the region’s largest city and home to some amazing restaurant strips – and an award-winning whisky distillery.
Tohoku is a big region with big charms – dive in!