Tochigi and the Southern Tohoku regions are made up of 4 prefectures: Tochigi, Fukushima, Yamagata and Miyagi. Visitors to these areas can find many hot spring resorts which provide excellent opportunities to relax away from the bustle of the city, cityscapes and historical ruins that retain a feudal atmosphere, and a unique scenic natural beauty
In addition, traditional Japanese and local foods, large-scale of golf courses and ski areas are abundant, offering countless pleasures to the visitors.
Why not come and visit "another side of Japan" that is far different from big cities like Tokyo and Osaka?

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The prefectural capital is Sendai City, the biggest city in the Tohoku region, which provides visitors with great shopping opportunities and fashionable downtown streets.
As for scenic beauty, the Matsushima Isles, one of the Three Scenic Sites of Japan, as well as the crater lake "Okama", a symbol of the Zao Mountain Range, are especially magnificent.
In addition, there are hot springs where you can enjoy different types of water and medicinal effects, local delicacies using fresh ingredients from the sea and mountains, and Tohoku region's leading golf courses and ski areas, making the area a year-round tourist spot. One trip may not be enough.

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Yamagata Prefecture
There are more than 100 hot springs in the prefecture, ranging from lines of modern Japanese inns to the so called "Hito" (hidden hot springs). Yamagata's hot springs inns are well-known for their high-quality service. Female servants in kimono, well-preserved Japanese gardens, and flower-arrangement decorating the entrance hall and guest rooms are some examples of Japanese culture which visitors can experience by staying in a Japanese inn.
Yamagata Prefecture produces many varieties of fruit, including cherries (Yamagata produces the largest volume in Japan), grapes, apples, and others.
At various tourist orchards, programs have been created so that visitors can enjoy fruit-picking year-round.

More information: http://www.yamagatakanko.com/english/index.html



Fukushima Prefecture
This prefecture has the third largest land area of all prefectures in Japan, it is the closest prefecture in the Tohoku region to Tokyo, and it has a rich natural environment and plenty of historically valuable tourist spots. In Fukushima Prefecture, you can enjoy various type of sports activities, with more than 60 golf courses, 40 ski areas, 30 lakes and beaches.
It is a typical Japanese custom to relax in a hot spring bath after working up a sweat playing sports. Fukushima Prefecture is one of the representative "hot springs paradises" of Japan, and it has roughly 200 hot springs, ranging from big resorts to hidden hot springs nestled deep in the mountains.
Japanese sake, made from clear, pure water, is also famous, along with local foods made from fresh ingredients from the sea and mountains. You are sure to become an admirer of Fukushima Prefecture.

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Tochigi Prefecture
The prefecture has "Nikko Toshogu", a world cultural heritage, and Nikko Cedar Trees Road, the longest of its type as registered in the Guinness Book of Records. It also boasts hot springs, along with a beautiful natural environment with distinct seasons, and delicious foods. They provide ski areas, golf courses, motor sports and a unique theme park where visitors can have fun all day long. Full of charms, Tochigi Prefecture is also close to Tokyo, a 1 hour ride on the Shinkansen Line. Why not visit?
More information: http://www.tochigiji.or.jp/en-index.html