From Osaka to Wakkanai on the Seishun 18 Kippu
Your guide to taking a leisurely four-day trip to the top of Japan using scenic local trains.
Aomori's Stunning Winter "Cherry Blossoms"
These "cherry blossoms" at Hirosaki Castle in Aomori Prefecture are bringing some much needed warmth to Japan's wintery north.
Take Your Prefectural Pride on the Road
These stylish license plates feature iconic imagery from prefectures throughout Japan, so you can show off your prefectural pride every time you hit the road!
Men Bare Souls (& Bodies) for Good Fortune
This winter festival in Aomori sees a few dozen men strip down to pray for good health and a good harvest!
Capturing Tohoku's Summer Passion
In 2017, All About Japan sent a team up to Tohoku to capture some this northern region's summer vibe. From its craggy coasts and crater lakes to plunging falls and samurai festivals, there was plenty of energy to go around!
22 Animals to See in Japan's National Parks
While Japan may have an image as a land of trains and modern technology, the nation's 34 national parks offer a wealth of wildlife waiting to be discovered.
Float On, Giant Princess Kaguya
This year’s Tachinebuta Festival in northeastern Japan has a new, and very tall, princess.
Designer Apples Fetch $2,300!
It's common knowledge that fruit is more expensive in Japan. Three of producer Chisato Iwasaki’s designed apples went for $2,300 at auction in Aomori Prefecture.
5 Reasons to Visit Tohoku in Summer
Summer is the season where things really heat up in Japan's northern region of Tohoku. Here's why you definitely don't want to miss it!
4 Americans on a Mission of Tohoku Discovery
The JNTO's New York branch sent four Americans to northeastern Japan on a mission of discovery. The result? Check out their four lovely videos to find out why they call Tohoku 'Something different, something fresh. Really a special place.'
Rice Paddy Art Celebrates Manga Legend
To celebrate the 90th anniversary of Osamu Tezuka, the 'Godfather of Manga,' the small village of Inakadate in Aomori has created stunning natural art depicting some of his most-beloved characters.
Japan vs. China — Preserving Traditional Roots
Japan and China share traditional roots, but Japan preserves those roots to the present day.
30 Stunning Flowers in Japan's National Parks
From June hydrangeas to September spider lilies, here are 30 reasons for flower fans to fall in love with Japan's 34 flower-filled national parks!
Forgetting Time on the Resort Shirakami
The Resort Shirakami is a travel experience that combines the romance of the railways with traditional culture and beautiful scenery.
Holy Hairy Fish!
Locals in Aomori, northern Japan, find fish with algae growing from their heads that looks like hair.
The 5 Biggest Snow Festivals in Tohoku
Check out Tohoku's Five Great Snow Festivals and see how the region's long history of culture and tradition brings the frozen to life!
A New Year, A New Character Harvest
Audrey Hepburn and Osamu Tezuka's characters get the rice paddy treatment in Aomori Prefecture as rice fields spring up in their likeness.
Traditional Tsugaru-Style Shamisen Rocks
A professional shamisen artist in Aomori Prefecture gives concerts and teaches people to play the Tsugaru-jamisen.
14 Stunning Sunrise & Sunset Spots in Japan
It's a tradition to watch the sunrise on the first day of the year in Japan. And the nation's national parks offer countless breathtaking options for both sunrise and sunset at any time of year!
World's 3 Snowiest Cities All in Japan!
If you've never lived in Japan, you may now know the nation has sort of a thing for snow. How much snow? Well, the world's three snowiest cities are all in Japan! Can you guess which ones they are?