Natural Wonders

It’s hard to visit a place without having a clear view to yourself these days. The beauty of exploring an overlooked region is it’s just you and the postcard-perfect landscape. 

Every season in Tohoku is filled with dramatic backdrops as the region is blessed with breathtaking views everywhere. Far removed from civilisation, but you’re right where you’re supposed to be – surrounded by the beauty of unspoilt nature.

As the winter season approaches Aomori, blankets of snow cover Hakkoda Mountain and the fir trees that are scattered across the area, creating a stunning snowscape. The trees collect thick layers of snow and ice forming odd shapes known as “snow monsters”.

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Matsushima became the first bay in Japan to be accepted into the international “Most Beautiful Bays in the World” association in 2013, because of her rich culture and tranquil beauty. This is the land which initially left famous haiku poet Matsuo Basho at a loss for words.

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The Oirase Gorge runs 14 kilometres from Lake Towada to the foot of Mount Hakkoda. It is one of the most beautiful river valleys in Japan, with various spectacular waterfalls adding to the beauty of the place. It is most spectacular during the autumn season when the leaves turn into a vibrant hue of yellow and red, contrasting with the vivid green moss on the rocks and creating a magnificent sight.

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The Okama is a crater lake that is shaped similarly to a traditional cooking pot. It has a circumference of 1,000 metres and a depth of 27 metres. It is also known as “Goshikinuma” (5 coloured lake) depending on the light intensity as it hits the water surface; the colour of the lake changes.

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Urabandai is a highland that has clusters of lakes and ponds, surrounded by magnificent mountains. It maintains a cool temperature in the summer. During the winter, it has deep snow that makes it an excellent destination for the fun winter outdoor activities.

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To best enjoy Geibikei, a river boat can take you down the 2 kilometre gorge which has cliffs on either side soaring over 50 metres. The boat ride takes approximately 90 minutes. “Geibi” means “lion nose” and this can be found at the end of the gorge. Lucky stones can be purchased and you can try your luck at throwing it into the hole on the other side of the river.

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