Welcome to Northern Honshū
Three national parks – alternating between thick mountain forests, stark volcanoes and coastal marshes – offer year-round outdoor pursuits, while the spectacular lakes Tazawa-ko and Towada-ko welcome summertime swimmers. Stylish Sendai is the pick of the prefectural capitals for those seeking an uncomplicated urban fix.
Feudal-era remnants are well represented in numerous places – Hiraizumi and Kakunodate being the most historically notable – and traditional cultures are still alive and well.
This region suffered greatly in the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, and some coastal areas along the glorious Sanriku Kaigan, in particular, will welcome your visit as they continue to rebuild.