I will introduce the recommended drive course of North Northeast and South Northeast using highway
Komagatake Onsen is a hidden gem of an inn located in the lush natural environment near Lake Tazawa. Tucked between two mountain streams with stunning views, the outdoor bath along the river is out of this world.
The rape blossoms of Yokohama Town are the largest field in all of Honshu. Every year around mid-May, the bright yellow flowers color the spring , and arethus nicknamed“ spring maple.” On May 16th and 17th, the Rape Blossom Festival is held.
This charming inn is both spacious and warm. From the open air bath you can hear the flow of the Natori River and the scenery is stunning throughout all the seasons. Every day coffee and mochi rice cakes are given out for free to daytime guests in the order that they arrive until they run out.
This restaurant is run by a mushroom farm. You get all-you-can-eat sliced mushrooms when you order a pizza, burger, pasta, etc. Enjoy the delicious flavor of fresh-picked mushrooms to your heart’s content.
Enjoy a 10 minute ride through the air from the base of Mt. Hakkoda to the summit on the ropeway. The mountains are a riot of colors in the autumn from late September through late O ctob er, of fering a 360 degree panorama of stunning landscape that draws many tourists every year.
We recommend taking a break from driving and doing a bit of gift shopping at this tofu and raw tofu skin specialty shop. Their handmade tofu is made with Japanese soybeans and pristine water that really brings out the flavor and sweetness of the soybeans and gives it an excellent smooth texture. You could also try one of their sweet snacks! They serve soy milk donuts, soft serve tofu ice cream, and more!
One of the largest sunflower fields in Japan, covering 6 hectares of land with 420,000 flowers blooming. From July 27 to August 15 during the sunflower festival, you can buy lots of sweets and goods made with sunflowers. Lots of people come to see them during the festival.
Enjoy riding down the picturesque Mogamigawa River while listening to the boatman’s songs and witty narrative . Refresh your mind and body in a beautiful gorge with flowing water and lush green trees.
A park where you can view the famous ‘Zaimokuiwa’ or ‘Timber Rock’, a designated national treasure. Between April 20 and May 12 visitors can enjoy the site of ‘Koi-nobori’ carp flags that are strung-up across the Shiroishi River.
This year’s cherry blossom festival will be held from April 15 to May 6. Cherry blossom trees line the banks of the Kitakami River, stretching almost two kilometres . The park itself boasts an incredible 10000 trees of over 150 varieties; just one reason why it has been named one of the top three cherry blossom destinations in Tohoku.
Opened in September 2018, this is Japan's largest wooden hotel. Inside the building which almost appears to float in the rice fields you will find a library, restaurants and shops. Next door is the 'Kids Dome Sorai' play space for children 0-12, with discounted entry offered to staying guests.
An aquarium at the northern-most tip of Honshu (Japan's main island) housing 10,000 marine creatures of over 300 varieties, mostly local to Aomori Prefecture. The main feature is a 15 metre long tunnel-tank, 'The Ocean of Mutsu Bay'. There are also daily dolphin performances.
The “ham”in Hamspa Lunch stands for hamburger. The hamburger and tomato sauce spaghetti with rice and salad makes for such an impressive volume that even finishing it is a challenge! Fill your belly and ease your mind to jazz numbers in the relaxed retro atmosphere.
This w ealthy f armer’s l odging s tands t all a mid Japanese firs formed by wind and snow, and is rich with the captivating atmosphere of the Taisho period. Designated a Registered Tangible Cultural Property, the place is popular for its genial atmosphere and open air baths overflowing with natural rural beauty. Let the salty hot spring water warm your heart and body, and you’ll likely become a fan too!
Sankyo Soko, built as a rice storehouse in 1893, is a symbol of rice growing in the region. Now a section of the building is used as a museum and sightseeing center.
This is an official hotel of one of Japan’s few all-season resorts, Appi Kogen. Its three buildings are centered around the hot spring water and beautiful entrance g arden, and visitors can enjoy bathing, dining and shopping.
Billowing smoke as it passes through a path of nearly 2,000 cherry trees, the mini steam train is a popular attraction for adults and children alike. There are a variety of seasonal flowers to see throughout the year ‒ from cherry blossoms that bloom both in April and October to white skunk cabbages and azaleas. In April they hold a cherry blossom festival featuring stage shows and stalls selling local specialties.
In the wide farm grounds looking out over the Hakkoda mountain range visitors can enjoy animal interactions, going for a walk, and eating something from a restaurant or barbeque (reservation only), while the sheep feeding is a special treat for children. In early May they hold a spring farm festival.
This inn town retains the street style of the Edo p eriod. T he traditional s now festival that takes place at the beginning of February is simply magical.
In winter the ravine’s giant shigakko (icicles) are a sight to behold! At the Shigakko Festival held around the beginning of February there are illuminations and ice carvings for a truly magical atmosphere.
Abukuma-do Cave is a beautiful work of nature that was formed over 8 0 million years. Its dynamic stalactites give off a mysterious appearance when projected with multicolored light.
This historical theme park is the birthplace of Kiyohira, the first lord of the Oshu-Fujiwara clan. More than 120 historical structures including government offices have been recreated , and you can experience the history and culture of Tohoku from ancient times through Japan's Middle Ages.
This aquarium has a variety of attractions including the large tank that replicates the diverse Sanriku sea, the dolphin and sea lion performance which is held in front of Tohoku’s largest grandstand, and the soothing experience of enjoying direct contact with certain animals.
This hot spring has been called “Samurai-no-yu (Bath for the Samurai) due to its history as a hot-spring health resort for the Nambu clan in olden times. It has six hot spring sources, and the hypotonic alkaline simple hot spring water will warm the very core of your body.
Hanamiyama Park is a renowned place known for its beautiful flowers. It was mentioned by the late Mr.Shotaro Akiyama (photographer) as“ the utopia exists in Fukushima.” A number of beautiful flowers, such as plum, magnolia, Somei Yoshino, and peach, bloom inside the park.
Ando Brewery, which founded 160 years ago, is a manufacturer of additive-free, natural miso and soy sauce. Visitors can see the inside of their warehouse that was built with bricks in the Meiji period.
Miyagi Zao Fox Village is a fox paradise where over a hundred foxes of six kinds, such as red foxes, silver foxes, and arctic foxes, left at large. Visitors can observe the ecology of foxes and even interact with goats and rabbits !
They hold a variety of events, such as snow art where you draw with snow, candle night, snow shoveling activity, and snow house making, all of which can be enjoyable to people of all age !