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Japan's Top 3 Flower Parks

Being cocooned by sweet floral scents among a palette of bright colors will leave your nose and eyes calling out for more!

Top 10 Local Train Rides

Sit back, relax, and let us take you on a journey through the most scenic train rides Japan has to offer.

Japan's Top 5 'Hanami' Hikes

Japanese culture is deeply tied to nature, and there's no better time to appreciate the Japanese wilderness than cherry blossom season.

Akita Nairiku Line: Winter Wonderland by Rail

Through the heavy Akita snowfall, a train with one or two cars makes its way across bridges that span deep valleys and through tunnels that burrow into the heart of the mountains of the region.

13 Tantalizing Tohoku Treats

Tohoku has a giant selection of sweet traditional treats to choose from. We've selected 13 of the best!

Top 9 Sakura Spots in Tohoku & Hokkaido

Since northern Japan gets its cherry blossoms later than the rest of the country, even if you've missed the first round of 'sakura' to the south, you can often catch late blooms in Tohoku and Hokkaido as late as the end of April or even early May.

Jodogahama: A View Withstanding the Tides

In my early 20s, I decided to use my summer holiday to travel the coast of Iwate on my own. I bought the JR Seishun 18 Ticket, which meant I had free range of almost all the JR stations in Japan—and I chose Miyako as my first stop.

5 Great Lesser-known Onsen Towns

If you’re looking to get off the beaten path, then give these towns a try!

Hit 3 Sites in Hiraizumi in Just One Day!

The UNESCO-registered temples and gardens of Hiraizumi represented an attempt to create an ideal world on Earth.

One-Day Trip to Asamushi Onsen

Asamushi Onsen, right outside Aomori City, is well known by Aomori locals and residents of the Tohoku region for its wide array of bathhouses, all conveniently located in one small town.

Japan's 7 Best Spring Ski Locations

Japan gets so much snow that some of its biggest resorts offer skiing into the second week of May—and there's even one that goes into July!

The 5 Most Beautiful Villages in Tohoku

Check out Tohoku's most picturesque countryside towns.