Tohoku Guide

  • Published on : 02/10/2022
  • by : Japan Experience
  • Rating :

The Tohoku region consists of the north east part of the main island of Honshu including the six prefectures of Aomori, Akita, Iwate, Yamagata, Miyagi and Fukushima.

The Japanese region of Tohoku

The Tohoku region consists of the north east part of the main island of Honshu.

Tohoku includes the six prefectures of Aomori, Akita, Iwate, Yamagata, Miyagi and Fukushima.

The Tohoku area has from historical times been one of the relatively less developed parts of Japan. Tohoku was historically occupied by the Emishi, before they were defeated by the Yamato during the Nara and Heian periods and driven north into Hokkaido or subjugated where they were.

The region is marked by long and severe winter weather with cooler and more pleasant temperatures in summer.

The Tohoku region's early history is dominated by its remoteness as the central authorities based in the center of Japan around Kyoto sought to impose their control from the 7th century on.

The north east coast of Tohoku was devastated by the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. Much of the damaged infrastructure and housing have been rebuilt but the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Incident is still ongoing with an exclusion zone still in effect around the damaged plant.

Mont Iwate

©Noriko YAMAMOTO, Wikimedia Commons

Yamagata with some snow

©Koichi_Hayakawa, Wikimedia Commons

Koriyama street in Fukushima region

©Bence Biczó, unsplash

Yamagata forest

©Noah Negishi, unsplash

Main towns and places of interest of Tohoku

  • Sendai - Among the largest cities in Japan, Sendai is bordered by mountains to the west and the sea to the east, making it very attractive. 


  • Kakunodate - Formerly a walled city of the Edo era, Kakunodate is a city known for its samurai. It is a must-see place to discover one of the most popular periods in Japan. 


  • Hirosaki - Here, find many architectural reminders of the Meiji and Edo Eras, including the Hirosaki Castle.


  • Akita - In summer, visitors and tourists come to attend the Kanto Summer Festival, one of the 3 biggest in the region. 


  • Oirase Gorge - Located in Aomori Prefecture, this is one of the most beautiful river valleys in Japan, especially in autumn when the leaves turn bright red. 
Hirosaki Castle

©Nguyễn Thanh Tùng, pexels

Semboku, Akita

©Ken Cheung, unsplash


©Kentaro Toma, unsplash

Latest Articles

voyage seul au japon solo

Travelling alone in Japan: Our top tips for a solo trip

Freedom, cultural immersion, and unforgettable encounters: solo travel in Japan will be an experience like no other.

The Japanese cherry trees, a symbol of the Rising Sun.

Five tips for a successful hanami

A blue tarp, a cooler full of beer, a park and cherry trees: tips for a successful hanami under the sakura.

Mont Fuji winter

Top things to do in winter in Japan

In addition to being the season when you will have the best chance to see Mount Fuji thanks to clear weather, winter in Japan has many surprises in store for you.

See All (423)


Rate the content

  • Star
  • Star
  • Star
  • Star
  • Star

Your comment

Enter the characters shown in the image.
* Required fields