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Aizu in Fukushima Prefecture

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2020/6/8

Photos: Aizu in Fukushima Prefecture -Samurai's Hometown

If you want to feel the life and culture of samurai, I recommend going to the Aizu district in Fukushima Prefecture. This district was governed by the strongest samurai group until about 150 years ago. Samurai fought against the new government army to protect their master Tokugawa shogunate. As a result, their castle in Aizu-Wakamatsu, the center of this district was on fire. Even boys in their early teens fought and died. This district still has a lot of old Japanese atmosphere. There is also an old post town called Ouchijuku. Please refer to the following article. Photos of the Aizu in Fukushima Prefecture Aizu in Fukushima Prefecture   Aizu in Fukushima Prefecture   Aizu in Fukushima Prefecture=Shutterstock   Aizu in Fukushima Prefecture=AdobeStock   Aizu in Fukushima Prefecture=Shutterstock   Aizu in Fukushima Prefecture=AdobeStock   Aizu in Fukushima Prefecture=Shutterstock   Aizu in Fukushima Prefecture=AdobeStock   Aizu in Fukushima Prefecture=AdobeStock   Aizu in Fukushima Prefecture=Shutterstock     Map of Aizu-Wakamatsu     I appreciate you reading to the end.   Back to "Best of Fukushima"    

Hakkoda mountain in heavy snowfall, Aomori Prefecture, Japan = Shutterstock 1

Photos Aomori

2020/6/6

Photos: Hakkoda Mountain in heavy snowfall

Hakkoda Mountains (Aomori Prefecture) is one of the most snowy areas in the world. In 1902, there was an incident in which 199 of the 210 soldiers in the Japanese Army Corps were frozen to death. Currently, there is a ski resort here. You can experience heavy snowfall, especially in January-February. There are also hot springs such as Sukayu. However, please collect information and take measures against cold in advance. Photos of the Hakkoda mountain in heavy snowfall Hakkoda mountain in heavy snowfall, Aomori Prefecture, Japan = Shutterstock   Hakkoda mountain in heavy snowfall, Aomori Prefecture, Japan = Shutterstock   Hakkoda mountain in heavy snowfall, Aomori Prefecture, Japan = Shutterstock   Hakkoda mountain in heavy snowfall, Aomori Prefecture, Japan = Shutterstock   Hakkoda mountain in heavy snowfall, Aomori Prefecture, Japan = Shutterstock   Hakkoda mountain in heavy snowfall, Aomori Prefecture, Japan = Shutterstock   Hakkoda mountain in heavy snowfall, Aomori Prefecture, Japan = Shutterstock   Hakkoda mountain in heavy snowfall, Aomori Prefecture, Japan = Shutterstock   Hakkoda mountain in heavy snowfall, Aomori Prefecture, Japan = Shutterstock     Map of Hakkoda Mountain       I appreciate you reading to the end.   Back to "Best of Aomori"    

JR Tadami Line in Fukushima Prefecture = Shutterstock 10

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2020/6/3

Photos: Tadami Line in Fukushima Prefecture

If you want to enjoy beautiful Japanese countryside views from the train, I recommend the JR Tadami Line in western Fukushima Prefecture. The Tadami line runs from Aizu-Wakamatsu, an ancient city where you can feel the samurai culture of Japan, through the mountains. Photos of Tadami Line JR Tadami Line in Fukushima Prefecture = Shutterstock   JR Tadami Line in Fukushima Prefecture = Shutterstock   JR Tadami Line in Fukushima Prefecture = Shutterstock   JR Tadami Line in Fukushima Prefecture = Shutterstock   JR Tadami Line in Fukushima Prefecture = Shutterstock   JR Tadami Line in Fukushima Prefecture = Pixta   JR Tadami Line in Fukushima Prefecture = Shutterstock   JR Tadami Line in Fukushima Prefecture = Pixta   JR Tadami Line in Fukushima Prefecture = Shutterstock     Map of Aizu-Wakamatsu     I appreciate you reading to the end.   Back to "Best of Fukushima"    

Ouchijuku Village in Fukushima Prefecture = Shutterstock 1

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2020/6/8

Photos: Ouchijuku Village in Fukushima Prefecture

Speaking of traditional villages in heavy snowfall areas, Shirakawa-go is the most famous. However, if you are traveling from Tokyo, you may want to add Ouchijuku Village in Fukushima Prefecture to your itinerary. The village still retains the atmosphere of the time when Samurai lived. Photos of Ouchijuku Village Ouchijuku Village in Fukushima Prefecture = Shutterstock   Ouchijuku Village in Fukushima Prefecture = Shutterstock   Ouchijuku Village in Fukushima Prefecture = Shutterstock   Ouchijuku Village in Fukushima Prefecture = Shutterstock   Ouchijuku Village in Fukushima Prefecture = Shutterstock   Ouchijuku Village in Fukushima Prefecture = Shutterstock   Ouchijuku Village in Fukushima Prefecture = Shutterstock   Ouchijuku Village in Fukushima Prefecture = Shutterstock   Ouchijuku Village in Fukushima Prefecture = Shutterstock     Map of Ouchijuku Village     I appreciate you reading to the end.   Back to "Best of Fukushima"    

Statue of Masamune Date (the lord of Tohoku region in the Sengoku era) in Sendai castle park (or Aoba castle) on Mount Aoba = shutterstock

Miyagi

2020/6/15

Sendai: Stroll around the largest city in the Tohoku region

If you travel in the Tohoku region, why not stop by Sendai, the largest city in the region? Sendai City has a population of approximately 1.08 million. It is the political and economic center of the Tohoku region. At the same time, it is a town with a history that was governed by the Date family, one of Japan's leading daimyos, for the last 300 years from the 16th century. At Sendai Castle, a popular tourist spot, the statue of Date Masamune, one of Japan's strongest Sengoku Daimyo, is still watching over the town. Outline of Sendai     Wonderful winter illumination The Sendai Pageant of Starlight, one of the famous winter illumination events in Tohoku region and Japan. The venue for event is Jozenji avenue which is the main street of Sendai = Shutterstock From early to late December every year, an illumination called "SENDAI PAGEANT OF STAR LIGHT" is performed at Jozenji Avenue, a main street in Sendai city. At this time, about 160 large Japanese zelkovas will be decorated with 600,000 light bulbs. Sendai City is often below freezing at night in December, but at Jozenji Avenue, it is full of lovers and families.     I appreciate you reading to the end.   Back to "Best of Miyagi"    

Hanamiyama Park in Fukushima Prefecture = Shutterstock 1

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2020/5/30

Photos: Hanamiyama Park in Fukushima Prefecture

At Hanamiyama Park in Fukushima Prefecture, plums, peaches, cherry blossoms and other flowers bloom one after another in the spring as shown on this page. This park is actually a small mountain owned by a farmer. However, the farmer decided that it was a waste to monopolize this landscape, and opened it to the public. Why don't you go see this calm spring scenery? Photos of Hanamiyama Park Hanamiyama Park in Fukushima Prefecture = Shutterstock   Hanamiyama Park in Fukushima Prefecture = Shutterstock   Hanamiyama Park in Fukushima Prefecture = Shutterstock   Hanamiyama Park in Fukushima Prefecture = Shutterstock   Hanamiyama Park in Fukushima Prefecture = Shutterstock   Hanamiyama Park in Fukushima Prefecture = Shutterstock   Hanamiyama Park in Fukushima Prefecture = Shutterstock   Hanamiyama Park in Fukushima Prefecture = AdobeStock     Map of Hanamiyama Park     I appreciate you reading to the end.   Back to "Best of Fukushima"    

The Miharu Takizakura in Fukushima prefecture

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2020/5/30

Photos: The Miharu Takizakura -The best cherry tree in Japan!

If you were to ask me which is the most beautiful cherry blossom in Japan, I would say the Miharu Takizakura in Fukushima Prefecture.The Miharu Takizakura tree is over 1000 years old. This beautiful cherry tree has long been protected and loved by the local people. Let's go on a virtual trip to appreciate the Miharu Takizakura! Photos of the Miharu Takizakura The Miharu Takizakura in Fukushima Prefecture = Shutterstock   The Miharu Takizakura in Fukushima Prefecture = Shutterstock   The Miharu Takizakura in Fukushima Prefecture = Shutterstock   The Miharu Takizakura in Fukushima Prefecture = Shutterstock   The Miharu Takizakura in Fukushima Prefecture = Shutterstock   The Miharu Takizakura in Fukushima Prefecture = Shutterstock   The Miharu Takizakura in Fukushima Prefecture = Shutterstock   The Miharu Takizakura in Fukushima Prefecture = Shutterstock   The Miharu Takizakura in Fukushima Prefecture = Shutterstock   The Miharu Takizakura in Fukushima Prefecture = Shutterstock     Map of Miharu Takizakura     I appreciate you reading to the end.   Back to "Best of Fukushima"    

Japanese Sanriku coast with region railway of Sanriku. Tanohata Iwate Japan = shutterstock

Tohoku

2020/5/30

Memory of the Great East Japan Earthquake : Tourism to visit disaster area spreads

Do you remember about the Great East Japan Earthquake that occurred on March 11, 2011? More than 15,000 people died in the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan's Tohoku region. For the Japanese, it is a tragedy that can never be forgotten. Currently, the Tohoku region is undergoing rapid reconstruction. On the other hand, the number of tourists visiting the disaster area is increasing. The travelers feel the fear of nature that robbed the lives of many people and at the same time they are surprised that the nature is so beautiful. While the inhabitants of the afflicted area memorize the fear of nature, they appreciate that nature gives them a lot of grace and working hard for the reconstruction. On this page, I will introduce Sanriku (East Coast of the Tohoku region), which was particularly heavily damaged in Tohoku district. There, the ocean that returned to a gentle look is very beautiful, and the smile of residents living strongly is impressive. Why do not you travel the Tohoku region (Especially Sanriku) to meet such residents? The tsunami thoroughly destroyed many cities The Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011 = Shutterstock At 14:46 on March 11, 2011, the earthquake took away the peaceful lives of people in the Tohoku region in a moment. At that time, I worked at a newspaper company in Tokyo. I was on the 26th floor. The floor where I was, kept shaking like a boat that took a big wave. There were a lot of TVs on my floor. ...

Tsuruga Castle or Aizuwakamatsu Castle surrounded by hundreds of sakura trees, Aizuwakamatsu, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan = Shutterstock

Fukushima

2020/6/8

Fukushima Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do

If Japanese people express Fukushima prefecture in one word, many people will name the word "patience". People in Fukushima prefecture have long experienced many hardships and have overcome them. Recently, the dark image spread to the world due to the nuclear power plant accident accompanying the Great East Japan Earthquake (2011). Now people in Fukushima prefecture are trying hard to overcome this hardship. On this page, I will introduce recommended sightseeing spots based on such background in this prefecture. Outline of Fukushima Fukushima cityscape view from Hanamiyama park, in Fukushima, Tohoku area, Japan. The park is very famous Sakura view spot = shutterstock Map of Fukushima History and present situation of Fukushima Fukushima Prefecture is in the southern part of the Tohoku region, and the east side faces the Pacific Ocean. This prefecture has population and economic power second only to Miyagi prefecture in Tohoku district. In the era of the Tokugawa shogunate, there was Aizu clan in this prefecture to support the Tokugawa shogunate. The samurai of the Aizu clan was well trained and very brave. The Aizu clan kept fighting against the new government army until the end to protect the shogunate. As a result, many Samurai of Aizu clan killed in the battle. In 2011, the nuclear power plant located on the coast of this area was destroyed by the tsunami associated with the Great East Japan Earthquake, and a radiation contamination accident occurred. At this time, residents around the nuclear power plant were forced to evacuate. Today people in Fukushima Prefecture ...

Beautiful Frozen Forest Covered With Powder Snow as Snow Monsters at Mount Zao Range, Zao, Yamagata , Japan = Shutterstock

Yamagata

2020/6/19

Yamagata Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do

On this page, I will introduce Yamagata Prefecture located in the southwestern part of the Tohoku region of Japan. There are many mountains here. And in the winter, a lot of snow falls.The above picture is Mt. Zao's winter landscape. Please watch! Trees are wrapped in snow and transform into snow monsters! Outline of Yamagata Zao Onsen Ski Resort and Snow Monster, Yamagata, Japan = shutterstock_11784053381 Map of Yamagata Yamagata Prefecture is an area in the southwestern part of the Tohoku region, facing the Sea of Japan in the west. About 85% of the total area in this prefecture is a mountainous area. The water that flowed out of the mountains gathered at the Mogami River and is poured into the Sea of Japan. Many people in Yamagata prefecture live in this river basin. There are a lot of snow in Yamagata Prefecture. If you go to Yamagata prefecture in winter, you can see a wonderful snow scene. At the same time, you will also see the people struggling to throw away the snow on the roof with scoops etc. Access Airport Yamagata prefecture is divided into many areas by the mountains. Among them, if you travel in Yamagata city, you better go to Yamagata Airport by plane. It takes about 35 minutes by bus to Yamagata Airport to JR Yamagata Station. At Yamagata Airport, scheduled flights are being operated with the following airports. Shin Chitose (Sapporo) Haneda (Tokyo) Komaki (Nagoya) Itami (Osaka) If you go to Sakata City or Tsuruoka City on the Japan Sea ...

Namahage mask, traditional giant mask - ancient culture of Akita perfecture, Tohoku, Japan

Akita

2020/8/1

Akita Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do

There are many "old Japanese" in Akita Prefecture! For example, in the rural villages of the Oga Peninsula, annual events that men dressed as giant demons called Namahage fear the arrogant children are still inherited. A wonderful samurai residence is left in the Kakunodan. Why do not you enjoy old Japan on the country side of Akita? Outline of Akita Rice field with a rural township in Akita, Japan. Japan is the ninth largest producer of rice in the world = shutterstock Map of Akita Akita prefecture is located in the northern part of the Tohoku region on the Sea of ​​Japan side. The population is about 980,000 people. In this area rice production is thriving and vast rice field spreads. Rice named "Akitakomachi" produced in this area is very delicious. On the east side of Akita Prefecture, the Ou Mountains range from north to south. In addition to the plains like the Akita plain and the Noshiro plain, there are basins such as the Odate basin and the Yokote basin. Climate and weather in Akita Prefecture Akita prefecture is located in the northern part of the Tohoku region on the Sea of ​​Japan side. In the winter, moist air comes from the Sea of ​​Japan, hit the inland mountain ranges and snow. In winter, cloudy days continue. There are many heavy snowy areas in the inland area. In the summer, the "Fern phenomenon" which relatively hot wind descends from the inland mountain range may occur. At that time, the maximum temperature during the day exceeds ...

Matsushima, Japan coastal landscape from Mt. Otakamori = shutterstock

Miyagi

2020/6/15

Miyagi Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do

If you travel for the first time in the Tohoku region of Japan, I think that it is a good idea to go to Miyagi prefecture first. Miyagi Prefecture has Sendai City, the biggest city in Tohoku. You can enjoy delicious dishes from all over Tohoku in this beautiful city. Matsushima Bay spreading northeast of Sendai City is famous for its scenic beauty. You can travel around the world as seen in the picture above by ship. This area called Sanriku was hit hard by the Great East Japan Earthquake that occurred on March 11, 2011. Still, people adore the sea which gives them many blessings and live with the sea. Outline of Miyagi Morning of Shimotsu bay Minami Sanriku-cho = shutterstock Map of Miyagi Miyagi prefecture is located on the Pacific side of the Tohoku region, and its west side is in contact with the Ou Mountain Range. It is about 350 km north of Tokyo. Miyagi prefecture has a population of approximately 2.3 million people and has become a center of the Tohoku region since long ago. The center is Sendai City. Nearly half of the people in Miyagi prefecture live in this city. Along the Pacific Ocean in Miyagi prefecture, deeply indented coastline continues. This area has been hit by a big tsunami when a large earthquake arrives from long ago. However, there are many fish and shells living in the deep bay, giving us a wealthy blessing. Climate and weather in Miyagi Prefecture Matsushima Bay in winter, Miyagi prefecture, Japan = shutterstock ...

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