Fun Activities

Tohoku may be an ideal place for relaxation and pure serenity; it doesn’t mean you should turn your holiday into a dull one. From hiking to camping, fishing to picking fruits, skiing to snowboarding, crystal clear stream rafting to mountain trekking – it’s hard to run out of things to do in Tohoku.

While you’re at it, don’t forget to enjoy the amazing sights too. It’s easy to be charmed when you’re living in the stories poets always write about.

The Tsugaru Railway takes you to a picturesque view, through a rural landscape that stretches 20.7 kilometres between Tsugaru Goshogawara and Tsugaru Nakazato stations. During the winter season, this train has an old-fashioned potbelly stove, where passengers are kept warm from the cold winter outside.

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Yamagata prefecture produces a whopping 70 percent of Japan’s cherries. There are more than 400 cherry farms where you can pick cherries. Sagae City is said to be the best cherry town in Japan since this is where 300 cherry farms are concentrated at.

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A fine place to pamper your palate, Matsushima is well-known for her all-you-can-eat oyster shacks. In addition, there are other local seafood specialties like anago and nori seaweed.

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Tsugaru Shamisen

Tsugaru shamisen has a distinct sound that is created when the strings are struck with a trapezoidal plectrum called bachi. Originated from the Tsugaru region in Aomori, it is gaining popularity among the Japanese and international fans!

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Hachinohe Shuzo Sake brewery comprises of two juxtaposed buildings – the wooden structure serves as an office, the other redbrick warehouse is where they produce and store sake. This sake brewery was built more than a century ago, it is now well-received after winning a gold medal in the International Wine Challenge and Liquor Division.

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Catch the dazzling lights of the Sendai Pageant of Starlight at the Jozneji-dori Avenue which is the main street of Sendai starting from mid-December. This Christmas illumination was started 33 years ago and every year, it keeps getting better with the impressive light decorations!

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A ride on JR East’s Joyful Trains with fun and exciting themed rail cars – is a destination in itself. Holders of the JR East Pass (Tohoku Area) can make reservations for any of these unique trains that operate in various locations throughout Tohoku. The Joyful Trains series offer passengers a more exciting train-riding experience.

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