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This Summer, Take an Economical Bus to Visit Tohoku's Recommended Waterside Tourist Spots!Read Later
Summer has finally arrived, but at Tohoku's watersides, even summer is cool. Adding to its appeal, visitors can fully enjoy the bounties of nature here! This article will introduce spots around the Tohoku region that are recommended in the summer. Coming from Tokyo, it's convenient and economical to use the JR EAST PASS, which can now be used on buses, too!
The Whole Apple Pie "Kini Naru Ringo" is an apple pie using one whole apple of the Fuji variety from Aomori Prefecture in northern Japan.
The Aomori Nebuta Matsuri is one of the Tohoku Sandai Matsuri, or the 3 Great Festivals of Tohoku, along with Sendai’s Tanabata Matsuri and Akita’s Kanto Matsuri.
“Nebuta,” which are a type of large festival float, and large groups of dancers called “haneto” parade through Aomori City.
It is expected that the cherry trees in the Tohoku region ("Northeast Region”) will be in full bloom around April 15th. The seven must-visit hamami (“cherry blossom viewing”) spots in the Tohoku region are listed here for your reference. We wish you a pleasant hanami tour ♡
Even as the cherry blossoms fade in places like Tokyo and Kyoto, there’s still time left!
Aomori Prefecture is located on the northernmost tip of Honshu, Japan’s main island. There, cherry blossoms bloom a few weeks later than places like Tokyo.
Hirosaki Park is one of Japan’s most famous cherry blossom viewing locations. It is one of the so-called top three cherry blossom locations in Japan, along with Nara Prefecture’s Yoshino Mountain and Nara Prefecture’s Takatojoshi Park. Visitors can enjoy over 2600 cherry trees in bloom of over 50 different varieties.
There are over 300 Yoshino cherry trees in Hirosaki Park that are over 100 years old, and each of them continues to produce spectacular blossoms.
As 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the park’s cherry blossom festival, the celebration period has been extended longer than usual, and a large number of stalls and vendors will open as well!
In the winter, Lake Towada is covered in snow and ice, shrouding it in a mysterious atmosphere.
During the “Lake Towada Winter Story” event, snow sculptures and snow huts decorate the area!
Arts Towada Winter Illumination 2017Read Later
In the arts square in front of the Towada Art Center, as many as 300,000 blue LEDs cover the ground and light up beautifully, creating a fantastical and extraordinary world.
A Fall Foliage Viewing Spot in Aomori: Mirror-Like Ketoba Lake with Enchanting Forests of Beeches ♪Read Later
Western Shirakami-Sanchi boasts a fall foliage viewing spot, Ketoba Lake, which is reputed to be a “wonderland on earth”. As its name implies, the lake resembles a cockscomb (“keto” in Japanese). With dense forests of beeches mirrored in the pellucid lake, the scenery is absolutely fantastic.