Tohoku’s Sakurabito

Sakurabito: 桜人/ An old word used since the 11th century, meaning a person enjoying cherry blossoms. This word is often used for haiku as a seasonal word expresses spring. I could not wait for spring after the cold snowy winter in Sendai. I enjoyed my first winter in Japan by going to Yamadera, Rifu, Yonezawa and […]


Miyagi Secrets: Where to ‘Hanami’

Hanami (花見), literally meaning flower (花 ‘hana’) viewing (見 ‘mi’ from 見る ‘miru’ – to look), is a part of Japanese culture with a long history. Practiced since the 7th century, people first enjoyed ‘hanami’ by viewing the blossoms of Japanese plum (梅 ‘ume’). It was in the Heian Period in the early 8th century when Hanami become analogous to cherry […]


Scenic Cliffs of Kitayamazaki

If you want to enjoy a scenic slideshow from the bus window before ending up in the most amazing coastal place, you have to travel through Sanriku Fukko National Park & take a look at the Kitayamazaki Cliffs.  It almost makes you feel like the main character of an adventure or traveling series. The brilliant blue Pacific Ocean, mysterious horizon, small […]


Mountains of Monsters in Tohoku

The Tohoku region consists of six unique and equally amazingly prefectures, so it is a very difficult task to pin-point just one attraction that represents the ‘essence’ of Tohoku. If there had to be one though, this would be it! There is simply nothing like this anywhere else in the world. Forget an elusive ‘Bigfoot’ – we’re talking a whole army of […]


Incredible Iwate

For my first Go!Go!Tohoku!! tour, I chose to visit Iwate prefecture. Iwate is a sparsely populated, very natural place where you can feel the charm of a numerous different attractions. We set out from Sendai Station early in the morning. Our first stop was “Gedo Highland Ski Resort”—Yes! We are going to on our first ski of the season in 2017! […]


Warm and toasty with an ocean view: Tohoku’s KOTATSU train!

The winter in Tohoku is well known for being extremely cold. So cold, in fact, that almost nobody wants to spend too long outside! But there is one special thing I would like to recommend everybody to try in winter… Iwate’s KOTATSU TRAIN!! Have you ever heard about the fantastic Japanese invention called the Kotatsu? If you haven’t, then I’m sorry, but you have never truly […]