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Chusonji Temple in winter = Shutterstock

Iwate

2020/6/19

Iwate Prefecture! Best Attractions and Foods, Specialties

At the end of the 13th century, Italian merchant Marco Polo told people in Europe that there is a golden country in the Far East. Indeed, at that time, gold was being produced in Japan. Marco Polo seems to have heard from someone that Hiraizumi of Iwate Prefecture is a very rich city. On this page, I will introduce you to Iwate Prefecture, which was once known even to European people. Outline of Iwate Tono Furusato village where old-fashioned rural landscape remains, Tono, Iwate prefecture, Japan = shutterstock Map of Iwate Iwate Prefecture is in the Tohoku region and faces the Pacific Ocean. It is in the south of Aomori Prefecture. And it is the second largest prefecture after Hokkaido. The population of Iwate Prefecture is approximately 1,250,000 people, of which more than 70% are concentrated in the Kitakami Basin, centering on Morioka City. In other words, few people live in other vast areas. If you actually drive in Iwate prefecture by car, you will be surprised that magnificent scenery will follow like Hokkaido. It is such a depopulated area, but once in the past, there was a time when this area prospered around Hiraizumi. Why do not you go on a journey to explore the richness of Hiraizumi that has passed to Europe? Access There is Hanamori Airport in Kitakami Basin of Iwate Prefecture. It is approximately 45 minutes by bus from the airport to Morioka which is the prefectural office's location. There are 7 stations of Tohoku Shinkansen in Iwate Prefecture. From south, Ichinoseki Station, Mizusawa ...

Oirase River, located at Aomori Prefecture Japan = Shutterstock

Aomori

2020/7/24

Aomori Prefecture! Best Attractions and Things to do

Aomori prefecture is located in the northernmost part of Honshu in Japan. This area is very cold and snow is rich except for the Pacific side. Still, Aomori attracts tourists. That is because there are many tourist attractions such as Hirosaki Castle and Oirase Stream, which are representative of Japan. The Nebuta Festival to be held in August is also amazing! Outline of Aomori Orange color Train on snow covered tracks of Tsugaru railway line in mid winter at Goshogawara station, Aomori, Tohoku, Japan = shutterstock   Map of Aomori Aomori prefecture faces the Pacific Ocean in the east, the Japan Sea in the west, and the Tsugaru Strait in the north. Major cities are Aomori City, Hirosaki City, Hachinohe City. If you go to Aomori from Tokyo or Osaka, it is convenient to use an airplane. Aomori Prefecture has Aomori Airport and Misawa Airport. In addition, you can also use the Tohoku Shinkansen. In Aomori Prefecture there are Shin Aomori Station, Shichinohe-Towada Station, Hachinohe Station. Aomori prefecture is designated as a heavy snow area throughout the prefecture, some of which are designated as special heavy snow areas. A vast mountainous area spreads in this area. Especially in the mountains, it is harsh in winter. There are many dangerous places in winter, so please do not push yourself.   Hirosaki Castle White Hirosaki Castle and its red wooden bridge in mid winter season, Aomori, Tohoku, Japan = shutterstock Because Aomori Prefecture is really a region suffering from snow, when spring comes, the hearts of people will ...

Oirase stream in summer, Aomori Prefecture, Japan Shutterstock

Tohoku

2020/5/28

Tohoku Region! Best things to do in 6 Prefectures

In the Tohoku region of Japan, coldness is severe in winter, snow falls often. People have been patiently devised various ways to survive in this environment. If you travel in the Tohoku region, you will feel the lives of such people in the Tohoku region. The scenery in the Tohoku region when the beautiful cherry blossoms started to bloom is wonderful. Traditional festivals that take place in the short summer and autumn leaves are also worth seeing. Why do not you travel also in Tohoku? Outline of Tohoku Region Colorful autumn trees on the Shirakami mountainous wide range with red, orange, and golden foliage in Aomori Tohoku Japan = shutterstock Map of Tohoku = shutterstock Points Amazing land comparable to Hokkaido Recently Hokkaido's popularity has increased considerably among foreign tourists. That's nice. In contrast, the Tohoku region has not received much attention. I feel a bit sorry about that. In the Tohoku region, you can enjoy wonderful views of winter and surprisingly beautiful nature just like Hokkaido. At the same time, in the Tohoku region, traditional living from old days and fine wooden buildings are left. In Hokkaido, it is difficult to enjoy such a living culture unless you go to the indigenous Ainu settlement. I would like many people to know the wonder of the Tohoku region as much as possible. In this district, you can discover the rich life culture cultivated by people in the wilderness comparable to Hokkaido. Please feel the life culture in harsh environment When traveling in Tohoku, please imagine ...

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