Tohoku ‘Michinoku’ region
The region in the northernmost part of the main island of Japan is called the Tohoku region. “Michinoku” is the ancient name of the Tohoku area and is still familiar as a nickname.
The Tohoku region consists of six prefectures and it lies just a 90 minute bullet train ride from busy Tokyo. Far from the tourists crowds, Tohoku is an untouched treasure of incredible natural scenery, unique and delicious delicacies, soothing hot springs, and warm, welcoming local people.
With close to 30 million foreign travelers visiting Japan every year, tourists visiting traditional hotspots such as Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka during peak seasons will find themselves battling overwhelming crowds. The northern region of Tohoku remains surprisingly quiet in comparison, making it a fantastic destination any time of year.
The spirit of Japanese hospitality
One of the biggest reasons for returning visitors to Japan is Japanese people’s heartfelt hospitality. Our mission is to connect our guests with local people along the way. The people in the Tohoku region are particularly renowned for their welcoming demeanor and are sure to add layers of enjoyment to your trip.
Let us take you off the beaten path and discover an authentic experience in Japan’s deep north. During our tour, we visit Iwate, Akita, Aomori, Miyagi and Fukushima.
The best hikes in National Parks in Tohoku
Tohoku is known for its mountainous areas and rugged coastlines.Tohoku has a variety of hiking options and is the best place for hikers who want to get away from the normal ‘tourist routes’ and crowds.
From amazing ridge hikes, to volcano hikes, to coastal trail hikes, we have compiled an ultimate list of the best day-hikes for you to thoroughly experience the mountains of Tohoku.
We take hikes in Towada-Hachimantai National Park, Sanriku Reconstruction National Park, and in Bandai-Asahi National Park.The tour is scheduled in Autumn. Tohoku is full of vibrant colors - the colorful trees making the mountains and forests glow with beautiful views of crimson red and deep yellow. Experience the pristine beauty of the mountains in Japan's northern prefectures through the hike.
The Michinoku coastal trail
Over the 1,000 km long Michinoku Coastal Trail is the newest long-distance trail in Japan that extends along the Pacific coast from Hachinohe City, Aomori Prefecture down to Soma City, Fukushima Prefecture. There is stunning scenery at every turn, from the dynamic seas of the Pacific coast to the mountains.
In 2011, an earthquake and resulting tsunami devastated the eastern coast of northern Japan’s Tohoku region. In an effort to revitalize and assist the area, the Japanese Ministry of Environment in 2013 started plans to construct the Michinoku Coastal Trail to help assist the areas affected and display the true beauty of the region.
Amid rebuilding efforts supported from within and beyond Japan, a new form of tourism, ‘Recovery tourism’, now has begun to emerge.
Recovery tourism enables visitors to go into affected areas to see the situation and provide support, while also enjoying traveling and staying in the area through the Michinoku Coastal Trail.
Hiking the entire 1,000 Km trail takes roughly two month. However, we choose to hike just highlights of the trail while enjoying its stunning beauty and staying in a nearby city.
Fostering unique traditions of food and culture, the fertile lands of Fukushima produce some of Japan's best fruit and sake. Nature is abundant and southern suburbanites have long been drawn to its famed onsen and pristine wilderness. While the 2011 earthquake and tsunami hit the region hard, tourism has bounced right back.
There are active inspections for radioactive materials in all fishing ports and vegetable farms in Fukushima Prefecture. To ensure food safety, stringent daily inspections are carried out on a daily basis. Rest assured, your safety is paramount. Fukushima has recovered immensely since 2011 and the region has done a superb job of ensuring health standards continue to be met.
We have an opportunity to visit a much less traveled destination in Fukushima and that will ensure that you get to experience what Fukushima really has to offer.
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