Kinkazan

Roam the steeply wooded slopes of this island with its views, framed by wind-whipped pines, of Matsushima Bay and Oshika Hantō.

Cycling in the Tōno valley

Mostly flat, this valley, with its evocative landscape of rice paddies and traditional houses, surrounded on all sides by heavily wooded hills, is perfect for a pedal.

Ja-ja men

These udon-like noodles, served with a generous dollop of brown miso paste, are one of the north’s most distinctive culinary flavours. Try them in Morioka along with other regional specialities.

Kakunodate

Discover the samurai heritage of this appealing town, including streets of gloriously preserved grand houses with extensive, impeccably maintained gardens.

Dewa-sanzan

Visit one of Japan‘s most sacred mountains and spend a day or two with the legendary yamabushi priests.

Sado-ga-shima

Dance to the rhythmic global beat at the annual Earth Celebration hosted by international drumming sensation Kodo.

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