|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?
|The prefectural capital is
Sendai City, the biggest city in the Tohoku region, which provides
visitors with great shopping opportunities and fashionable downtown
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.
|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
Yamagata Prefecture produces many varieties of fruit, including cherries
(Yamagata produces the largest volume in Japan), grapes, apples, and
At various tourist orchards, programs have been created so that visitors
can enjoy fruit-picking year-round.
|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.
|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?