Northern Honshū (Tōhoku) shopping

Arts & Crafts in Sendai


Buy handmade wares from all over Tōhoku at this elegant, perfectly curated shop. It's a lovely spot to pick up high-quality souvenirs for gifts (which will be beautifully wrapped while you wait). It's right on the c…
Arts & Crafts in Hirosaki


Find beautiful examples of boldly coloured tsugaru-nuri (lacquerware from the Tsugaru region) at this elegant store. Even if you're not looking to buy (prices are high) it's worth stopping in to admire the handiwork…
Homewares in Morioka

Kamasada Honten

Morioka is known for its nanbu tekki (cast ironware), notably tea kettles. There are some beautiful examples at this venerable shop, along with more affordable items such as wind chimes and incense holders.
Clothing in Hirosaki

Corrina Corrina

Hippies, hipsters, rockabillies, skaters and wannabes alike will appreciate this eclectic collection of new and used Western clothes, shoes and accessories from around the world at reasonable prices. Seriously cool.
Gifts & Souvenirs in Matsushima

Matsushima Yukitakeya

Opposite the ferry terminal is this chic bakery and gift shop selling handmade jewellery and homewares, and delicious baked goodies, including hand-sized rice crackers.
Market in Kamaishi & Ōtsuchi

Fukko Kirari Shōtengai

Ōtsuchi's 'Recovery Market' has developed into a full commercial zone with assorted shops, restaurants and services. It rewards a little time and money being spent. Most towns in the region have similar set-ups.