Embracing the Warmth of Tohoku in Hachinohe
My journey to northern Japan led to an immersion in the rich culture and hospitality of the residents and regions of Hachinohe, Aomori.
Taste the Bounty of Land & Sea in Hachinohe
The Tohoku region, just northeast of Tokyo, is well known for its tasty delights. So we sent our writer Nick over to Aomori for an in-depth look at the food culture of one of the prefecture's largest cities.
Eating My Way Through Sendai
Come on a journey to the northeastern region of Japan's largest island as I enjoy the delicious foods and snacks of Sendai.
Residents Return to Fukushima Exclusion Zone
The catastrophic event that took place on March 11, 2011 left a scar in the hearts of many. These haunting photographs of former residents returning to the Fukushima Exclusion Zone remind us all of what was taken and forever lost.
How to Get Around (& to) Tohoku
Ready to start your trip to Tohoku? Before grabbing your luggage and putting on your shoes, you'd better plan how to move around once you’re there. We’re here to help!
Discover the Beauty of Tohoku
Japan's northeastern Tohoku region offers the comforts of refreshing nature, beautiful scenery and time-tested traditions—concentrating the best of Japan into a single incredible area!
Diving Deep into the Nightlife of Hachinohe
Join our writer Nick as he goes headfirst into the vibrant nightlife of Hachinohe with the help of the travel app YORIP.
Ishinomaki Stone Memorial for Victims of 3.11
The Ishinomaki Stone Memorial pays homage to the lives lost in the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011.
How to Fully Enjoy Your First Visit to Tohoku
Follow along with our writer Wut who went on an incredible journey to Tohoku to discover the best things to see and do for any traveler's first trip to the region.
Japan's Biggest Morning Market
Chris and Ryotaro from 'Abroad in Japan' head up to Hachinohe to check out the biggest morning market in Japan. Who wants squid mouth? Not Chris.
Recovery Five Years After 3.11
As March 11, 2016 marks the fifth anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake, Highlighting Japan offers an update on the results and challenges of recovery efforts in the Tohoku region.
Putting a Vital Railway Back on Track
Despite suffering massive damage in the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, the Sanriku Railway Company swiftly restored its services and has become a pillar of support for the region.
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.
Get Crafty in Tohoku by Making 'Kokeshi'
Travel to Sendai and learn all about 'kokeshi,' the traditional wooden dolls that come from the Tohoku region, before getting a chance to make one of your very own!