Your ticket to the secrets of Japan’s autumn - travel with JR EAST PASSYour ticket to the secrets of Japan’s autumn - travel with JR EAST PASSYour ticket to the secrets of Japan’s autumn - travel withJR EAST
PASS

Enjoy unlimited travel in eastern Japan at an excellent priceEnjoy unlimited travel in eastern
Japan at an excellent price

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  • AomoriAomori

    See Japan’s natural beauty

    Lake Towada  |  
    Aomori Prefecture
    Nature’s perfection 20 million years in the making

    The brilliant, peaceful waters of Lake Towada fill volcanic craters 327m deep and 20 million years old. Every autumn the trees surrounding the lake re-enact those ancient volcanic flames with an incredible display of red foliage. Take a boat cruise on Towada, one of Japan’s highest lakes at 400m above sea level or hike the rugged Haddoka Mountains that surround this spectacular region for views that create memories of a lifetime.

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  • IwateIwate

    See Japan’s natural beauty

    Mount Kurikoma  |  
    Iwate Prefecture
    Hike to the mountain peak to see three prefectures converge

    A leisurely two-hour walk through Iwate’s stunning bushland, full of the brilliance of autumn, will take you to the peak of Mount Kurikoma. Known to locals as Mount Sukawadake, this mountain spans three prefectures–Iwate, Miyagi and Akita. From the Iwate side, the views of the rich reds and auburns of the burnished autumn trees add magic to the hike that ends in incredible views out across the countryside.

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  • MiyagiMiyagi

    See Japan’s natural beauty

    Naruko Gorge  |  
    Miyagi Prefecture
    Enjoy the ‘koyo’ autumn colours from your onsen

    For the best views of autumn colours in Japan, Naruko Gorge is hard to beat. The conflagration of colour in this 2.5km-long 100m-deep valley around October and November sets the heart on fire. In the midst of the incredible amber and crimson leaves is the Ofukazawa Bridge - the ultimate ‘koyo’ photo opportunity. Home to some 400 hot springs, Naruko offers the best opportunity to bathe in the warm natural waters of an onsen surrounded by autumnal hues.

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  • AkitaAkita

    See Japan’s natural beauty

    Dakigaeri Valley  |  
    Akita Prefecture
    Tour the valley of the river and the trees

    Famous for its soothing waterfalls, inspiring rock formations and virgin forests of deciduous trees, the Dakigaeri Valley is the perfect place to come throughout autumn. The easy walk along the river with the tree-covered ravine towering above on either side is only bettered by the magnificent views from the Kami-no-Iwahashi suspension bridge that crosses the gorge. The Dakigaeri Autumn Leaves Festival celebrates the vibrant autumn colours during October and November.

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  • YamagataYamagata

    See Japan’s natural beauty

    Mogami Gorge  |  
    Yamagata Prefecture
    Drift downstream on the mother of rivers

    Flowing from one end of Yamagata Prefecture to the other – some 230km – the Mogami River is seen as the mother river of the region. Cutting its way into the landscape over the millennia, the river now runs through the deep Mogami Gorge. Filled with the striking beauty of the autumn trees, the gorge is an icon of the changing seasons in Japan. A riverboat ride down the Mogami River is the best way to take in these stunning scenes.

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  • FukushimaFukushima

    See Japan’s natural beauty

    Ozegahara Marshlands  |  
    Fukushima Prefecture
    Step back in time into this natural sanctuary

    At the crossroads of four prefectures, the Ozegahara Marshlands is an important ecosystem with plants from the last Ice Age still flourishing in its virgin forests. Throughout autumn, the glorious golds and scintillating reds of the trees lead you on boardwalk trails through this alpine marshland, which sits at 1,400m. With mountains surrounding you, wildflowers at your feet and the wetlands reflecting the sky above, it’s impossible not to fall in love with Ozegahara.

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  • AomoriAomori

    Taste Japan’s secrets

    Aomori Apple Sweets  |  
    Aomori Prefecture
    Meet and eat the city of the Big Apple Pie

    Delicate, crumbly pastry baked with sweet, fragrant apples. Is there anything more delicious? Hirosaki City in the west of Aomori Prefecture has made apple pie an artform, crafting over 50 different ways of serving this delectable dessert. Loosen your belt and explore them all in Hirosaki, the city that produces more than half of Japan’s apples. It’s home to almost 20,000 hectares of apple farmland, three times bigger than Manhattan – the original Big Apple!

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  • IwateIwate

    Taste Japan’s secrets

    Maezawa-gyu Steak  |  
    Iwate Prefecture
    Sample Maezawa-gyu, the world’s finest steak

    At the heart of the Venn diagram of deliciousness, in that bullseye of umami, savoury and sweetness, the steak from Iwate wagyu is like no other. Intricate marbling and rich, red meat make for the most tender and succulent cuts of beef. Even in Japan, the home of wagyu, the Maezawa-gyu of Iwate is most prized of all. Sample this delicacy as you travel through this prefecture blessed with the purest water and cleanest air.

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  • MiyagiMiyagi

    Taste Japan’s secrets

    Harako-meshi  |  
    Miyagi Prefecture
    Dine on a truly autumnal Tohoku dish

    Made from a special broth of salmon only found in the Abukuma River of Miyagi Prefecture, harako-meshi is a very special dish. Pieces of salmon, the salmon roe and finally rice are cooked in the broth individually and then reassembled. Flavoured with sake and soy, the completed dish is packed with flavour and colour, perfect for this beautiful season. This Miyagi Prefecture specialty is only available from October to December. It’s why you come to Tohoku in autumn.

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  • AkitaAkita

    Taste Japan’s secrets

    Hinai Jidori Oyako-don  |  
    Akita Prefecture
    Taste the ultimate Japanese rice bowl sensation

    Native to the Akita Prefecture, the hinai free-range chicken is the most revered breed in Japan and also the secret ingredient to one of the nation’s favourite dishes. The oyako-don rice bowl is not only delicious, it also provides a glimpse of Japanese sense of humour. Oyako means ‘parent and child’ – referring to this dish having both the meat and egg from the hinai chicken! Though it doesn’t answer which came first, oyako-don is not to be missed when visiting Akita Prefecture.

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  • YamagataYamagata

    Taste Japan’s secrets

    Niku Soba  |  
    Yamagata Prefecture
    The birthplace of soba noodles

    Already famous for its soba noodles, Yamagata’s niku soba - sumptuous and satisfying, yet refreshingly simple - originated in Kahokucho, central Yamagata during the Taisho Era. Niku soba is served at room temperature, and topped with scallions and tender poached chicken. Yamagata also produces one of the world’s finest sake, made with rice only grown in this prefecture, which perfectly complements the rich flavour of Niku soba. Enjoy a glass of Yamagata’s sake with a bowl of Niku soba for a true culinary experience.

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  • FukushimaFukushima

    Taste Japan’s secrets

    Emban Gyoza  |  
    Fukushima Prefecture
    Fukushima’s gyoza crown

    Many cultures around the world have their version of dumplings, but surely this is the king of them. Emban gyoza is even fried and served in the shape of a crown! Crispy, hot, juicy and utterly moreish, these gyoza – only found in Fukushima – come with vegetables and a variety of different fillings. Fukushima City’s many restaurants each has its own interpretation of these delicious thick rice paper dumplings or serves them with a different seasoning sauce.

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  • AomoriAomori

    Experience Japan’s culture

    Tsuru-no-mai Bridge  |  
    Aomori Prefecture
    Cross the bridge of longevity, luck and fidelity

    Sweeping 300 metres across Lake Tsugaru Fujimi, the Tsuru-no-mai Bridge was designed to look like two graceful red crowned cranes flying low over the water together. As you cross this peaceful, elegant bridge, look out for real red crowned cranes - among the world’s rarest cranes. They are symbols of luck, fidelity and long life. Views of the 150-year-old bridge from the lakeshore show remarkable reflections of the bridge and the peaks of Mount Iwaki in the lake’s tranquil waters.

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  • IwateIwate

    Experience Japan’s culture

    Hanamaki Onsen  |  
    Iwate Prefecture
    Soak up Japan’s history and culture in the best onsen region

    Japan’s onsen hot springs are iconic to the country’s culture. Nothing will bring you closer to the heart of Japan and its history than soaking in geothermally heated freshwater baths. The Hanamaki onsen is a hot-water spring paradise of 10 different baths to experience. But from deep stand-up pools to outdoor baths next to rivers, the well-known healing and health properties of Japanese onsen work perfectly with the wonder of the famed autumn colours around Iwate Prefecture.

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  • MiyagiMiyagi

    Experience Japan’s culture

    Sunrise at Matsushima  |  
    Miyagi Prefecture
    So beautiful that even poets are lost for words

    One of the three most beautiful sights in all of Japan, Matsushima Bay and its 260 islands has been a place of awe for travellers for centuries. In the 1600s, eminent poet and haiku master Matsuo Basho couldn’t find the words to paint the portrait of this blissful place. Instead, like Basho, let your feet do the talking and explore some of the black and red pine forest-clad islands, discover hidden temples and marvel at the vistas.

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  • AkitaAkita

    Experience Japan’s culture

    Magewappa Traditional Woodcrafting  |  
    Akita Prefecture
    Learn the ancient craft of magewappa woodwork

    The age-old craft of magewappa is the bending of fine slivers of 100-year-old cedarwood into bowls, pots and sushi-bachi. Magewappa has been around for at least 400 years and originated in Odate City, Akita Prefecture, home to one of Japan’s most famous cedarwood regions. The simple beauty of magewappa and the perfect lines of cedar woodgrain are not only eye-catching but also speak of artisan craftmanship that has survived the centuries.

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  • YamagataYamagata

    Experience Japan’s culture

    Dewa Sanzan Sacred Mountains and the Yamabushi Monks  |  
    Yamagata Prefecture
    Enter the sacred mountain home of the Yamabushi

    High in the three sacred peaks of Dewa Sanzan, the Yamabushi monks of Shugendo - a once-outlawed religion blending Shinto and Buddhist principles - worship the power of Nature. The three mountains at the focal point of Shugendo represent the three stages of life. The lowest, Mount Haguro, represents the present and is where the Shugendo faith began in 604AD. Here you can learn from a Yamabushi monk how the faith still practises rituals of the elements like fire and water for purification and cleansing.

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  • FukushimaAomori

    Experience Japan’s culture

    Nihonmatsu Lantern Festival  |  
    Fukushima Prefecture
    Celebrate the autumn carnival of candlelit lanterns

    Since 1664, the lantern festival of Nihonmatsu City has lit the skies of the first weekend of October every year. Set on towers up to 11m tall, over 2,000 shining lanterns roll through the streets on floats to the Nihonmatsu Temple. The seven floats representing the seven areas of Nihonmatsu are pushed and swung wildly down the street by locals, who chant and shout and sing throughout the procession. Music from taiko drums, windpipes and handbells add drama and life to the festival.

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What's JR EAST PASS

The JR EAST PASS is a special discounted pass available only to international travellers to Japan (with a short-term visa no longer than 90 days) and holding a foreign passport.
It allows unlimited rides on all JR East train lines in the JR EAST PASS designated area. For example, you can start your journey by taking an express train from Narita Airport or Haneda Airport to Tokyo, explore Tokyo, and maybe hop aboard the Shinkansen to Aomori or Sendai.
* There are several types of passes, and the areas you can travel to depends on the pass type.

JR EAST Pass
The JR EAST PASS is a special discounted pass available only to international travellers to Japan (with a short-term visa no longer than 90 days) and holding a foreign passport.
It allows unlimited rides on all JR East train lines in the JR EAST PASS designated area. For example, you can start your journey by taking an express train from Narita Airport or Haneda Airport to Tokyo, explore Tokyo, and maybe hop aboard the Shinkansen to Aomori or Sendai.
* There are several types of passes, and the areas you can travel to depends on the pass type.
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