Japan is a dream tour for most travelers, behind its developed countries, Japan still maintains the traditions that are the main attraction of this country. There are many choices of Japanese tours in all seasons, various festivals, spiritual tours, or Japanese traditions that are still preserved.
In the northern region of Japan Tohoku also has a variety of tourist offerings that are not inferior to other famous Japanese tours. The tsunami and nuclear attacks 7 years ago did not make Tohoku left behind. The prefecture (province in Indonesia) in Tohoku seems to continue to improve and rise from the brunt of the disaster, this can be seen from the tourist offerings that tourists should not miss when visiting Japan.
- Visit the legendary Takizakura cherry tree, one of Japan’s three giant cherry trees in Fukushima Prefecture
Located in Miharu city of Fukushima Prefecture, this cherry blossom is estimated to be 1000 years old and has a unique shape with flowery branches hanging down like a waterfall.
- See the silhouette of Mount Bandai from Lake Inawashiro in Fukushima Prefecture
The fourth largest lake in Japan and located in the city of Inawashiro, Fukushima Prefecture, besides presenting a stunning landscape, boat tours, camping, and various other water sports are also available.
- Enjoy a traditional Japanese atmosphere while shopping at the traditional village of Ouchijuku, Fukushima Prefecture
The Ouchi-Juku area, located in Shimogo Town, Aizu County, Fukushima Prefecture, was a resting place for travelers who traveled from Nikko City to Aizu City during the Edo period. Currently, Ouschi-Juku is a shopping area that sells various kinds of souvenirs, food, and others while maintaining the traditional elements of the building and the rural atmosphere.
February/winter this area holds the Ouchijuku Snow Festival, this traditional building will later be decorated with lanterns so that it looks magical and beautiful, like a fairy tale! In addition, there are also noodle eating competitions, dances, and costume festivals. At its peak, you can see the thrill of playing with fire.
- Enjoy autumn at the Chrysanthemum Festival (Chrysanthemum), the flower of the moon princess and Japan’s national flower in Nanyo Yamagata Prefecture
Located in Miyauchi, Nanyo-shi city, Yamagata prefecture, the chrysanthemum festival features about 1200 flowers arranged in such a way, various shapes of characters/puppets, especially the character ‘Kaguya’ which is the origin of this festival. According to the story, Kaguya is a moon princess who came down to earth in a dress decorated with living chrysanthemums.
- See the art of “rice field” make-up on a special trip on the “Akita Nariku Railway” in Akita Prefecture
Ride the train while enjoying local food that is available at the Gottsu event or you can also participate in the Akita Dogs and 4 Seasons event. During this event, you can see the expanse of rice plants that are designed in such a way. So, during the trip, we will be able to enjoy amazing views as well as rice fields of various forms of ‘makeup’ from this train.
- Gain a historical and architectural experience by visiting a samurai village in the old town of Kakunodate, Akita Prefecture
The old town of Kakunodate has been left to grow as it is when it was first built some 300 years ago. You can do a different experience traveling through a city with a deep history by visiting one of the houses while hearing stories of the past from one of the guides who own the houses.
- Feel the sensation of wearing samurai clothes at Miyagi Prefecture’s Michinoku Date Masamune History Museum
Besides being able to wear heavy samurai armor, the museum chronicles the life of Date Masamune, one of the rulers who lived during the Sengoku-jidai era (the State Warring States 1467 – 1590), there are also 200 wax figures with historical scenes that are accurately produced. There are also 50 wax figures depicting Tohoku figures such as writers Dazai Osamu and Miyazawa Kenji and printing expert Munakata Shiko.
- Play and take pictures with cute wild foxes at Miyagi Zao Fox Village in Miyagi Prefecture
The best season to visit Miyagi Zao Fox Village is in winter because the foxes are at their cutest with thicker fur to withstand the cold. But in spring visitors can hold a baby fox!
There are more than 100 foxes in this ‘petting zoo’ where visitors can interact ‘limitedly’ with them.
- Cross the phenomenal Aspite Line, a huge ice wall in winter in Iwate Prefecture’s Hachimantai
During winter every March, 10 tractors are deployed to remove snow and clear roads. The snow was then piled up on both sides of the road, forming a 27-kilometer-long white wall like a giant wall. Hachimantai is a popular ski destination, one of the most popular ski spots is Appi, a resort that offers 21 ski routes with varied landscapes.
- Challenging the stomach, eat a royal ‘Wanko Soba’ to your fill in the small town of Morioka, Iwate Prefecture
Wanko soba is a way of serving boiled buckwheat in small bowls, which is a tradition typical of Japan’s Iwate Prefecture. Wanko Soba is a tradition of welcoming guests in Japan. One restaurant that serves wanko Soba is Azumaya Soba restaurant.
Guests just sit at the table, while the waiter will serve the bowls of buckwheat when finished the waiter will continue to add until the guest gives up by turning the bowl over. And it’s not uncommon for soba restaurants to hold Wanko Soba tournaments.
- Pick and eat apples (Ringo gari) at a well-known producer in Aomori Prefecture
Japan is famous for picking fruit directly from the plantations, one of the largest in Aomori prefecture. Apple producers are capable of supplying more than 50% of the apple market in Japan. Aomori apples are also well received by overseas markets. In 2012, of the apples exported by Japan, 90% were produced in Aomori. While most of it is exported mainly to Taiwan.
- You can’t go to Japan if you don’t visit castles or temples, one of which is the beautiful Hirosaki Castle in Aomori Prefecture
It does not only consist of the castle but also the Hirosaki garden complex which is located in the center of Hirosaki city with a total area of about 492,000 m2. In spring we can enjoy views of 2,600 cherry trees, while in winter Hirosaki Park offers views of the snow behind the snow-covered castle.
Visitors can also see snow lanterns during the Hirosaki Castle Snow Lantern Festival which is held in winter.
It’s endless exploring the rich traditions and territories of Japan!