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The Tohoku region consists of six prefectures: Aomori, Akita, Iwate, Yamagata, Miyagi and Fukushima. Tohoku is located in the north-eastern part of Honshu and stretches all the way to the top of this island. The only further north you can go in Japan takes you to Hokkaido. Surrounding Tohoku are the Japanese Sea, the Pacific Ocean, and the Tsugaru Strait.The region is famous for its natural beauty, hot springs as well as its quality of rice and fruit. It also has some rather spectacular summer festivals in August that are famous throughout Japan and beyond, known as the three great festivals of Tohoku.


Aomori prefecture is situated in the northernmost part of Honshu and faces Hokkaido across the Tsugaru Strait. Oma, famous for its Bluefin tuna (Maguro), is located at the tip of the axe-shaped Shimokita Peninsula - the northernmost tip of Honshu.


Akita prefecture is located in the Tohoku region which overlooks the Sea of Japan. It is famous for its onsens, natural beauty and Namahage (traditional Japanese folklore).


Iwate prefecture is the second largest prefecture in Japan after Hokkaido located at the easternmost point of Honshu facing the Pacific Ocean.


Yamagata prefecture is situated in the westernmost part of the Tohoku region. The prefecture is blessed with natural scenic points including the Zao Mountain Range, national parks and the Mogami River. Yamagata has more than 100 hot springs, historic temples and a great ski resort.


Miyagi prefecture is situated on the Pacific Coast in the southern Tohoku region. Given its natural beauty, Miyagi has a lot to offer to visitors, e.g. Matsushima, known as one of the three most beautiful sites in Japan, the Zao mountain range with its rich natural environment and hot springs such as Akiu onsen and Naruko onsen.


The Fukushima prefecture is the third largest land in Japan. It is situated in the southern part of the Tohoku region, about 200 kilometres from Tokyo. After the Tohoku earthquakes in 2011, specific areas around the Fukushima nuclear plant remain evacuated, though most of Fukushima has been restored to its former state. The Japanese authorities are carrying out comprehensive checks to monitor radiation in the surrounding area. The popular tourist sites including Ouchi-juku and Aizu area are located in the western part of Fukushima and considered to be safe to visit for tourists.


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