The Tohoku region is comprised of the six prefectures of northeastern Japan, first and foremost a region of rich nature and vibrant rural culture. From Sendai, it is easy to access virtually all of Tohoku, especially Miyagi’s neighboring prefectures. Enrich your journey by exploring Japan off the beaten path with numerous hidden gems waiting to be discovered here in Tohoku.
A temple complex built into a craggy mountainside. Let the solemn atmosphere resonate within you as you scale the thousand stone steps, following poet Matsuo Basho and centuries of pilgrims.
Temples, gardens and archaeological sites conjure up visions of this Heian-era Buddhist capital at its zenith. The mesmerizing golden hall of Chuson-ji is thought to have contributed to ancient Japan’s reputation as a country of gold, while the Pure Land garden of Motsu-ji evokes the sense of a heavenly paradise realized on earth.
Enjoy a ride through this precipitous gorge in a hand-built flat-bottomed boat. The gorge is packed with natural spectacles such as a waterfall, rock formations and a palette of flora that changes with the seasons.
This must-see festival takes place every year towards the end of July and is rooted in the equestrian samurai traditions of the Soma area. Events consist of a series of historical and contemporary samurai rituals revolving around martial skills and races on horseback.