Nestled in the mountains of Fukushima is Ouchi-juku, a post town with preserved thatched-roof houses that are over 300 years old. A visit to this place will surely take you back to the Edo period with its traditional atmosphere. In winter, everything is covered in snow, and there is also an annual snow festival held every February.
Locally known as “gyutan,” beef tongue originated in Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture where it is usually served with soup, pickled vegetables, and rice. Various renditions of this dish can be found at the many restaurants in the area. Although unusual for some people, the simple yet tender and flavorful gyutan is prepared with utmost dedication, making it a definite must-try.
In the south of Iwate is the two-kilometer-long Geibi Gorge, which has been frequented for over a century. A 90-minute boat cruise up and down the river is available for you to enjoy throughout the year. The gorge is a wonderful sight regardless of season: autumn brings vibrant shades of yellow, orange, and red; while winter offers a snowy wonderland.
Originating in the Inaniwa area of Akita, Inaniwa udon is recognized as one of the three best udon noodles in Japan. Boasting a 350-year-old recipe, this type of udon is chewy and smooth, as well as thinner than regular udon. One way to enjoy this dish is in a hot clear broth topped with pickles and shiso leaves, perfect for a cold winter evening.
Part of the Sanriku Fukko National Park in Aomori is the Tanesashi Coast. Stretching over 12 kilometers, the coast is home to over 600 types of plants and flowers best seen during spring and autumn, as well as interesting rock formations. There is also a 100-yen sightseeing bus in the area that makes its many attractions easily accessible.
JR EAST PASS (Tohoku area) is a discount pass that allows unlimited travel on all JR East trains in the Tokyo and Tohoku areas (all covered areas are shown on the map), inclusive of the Shinkansen, for 5 flexible days within a 14-day period. It is a great way to explore the eastern region of Japan this fall/winter!
JR EAST PASS is a special discount pass available only to non-Japanese passport holders with a short-term visa of no longer than 90 days. It allows unlimited rides on all JR East trains including the Shinkansen in the specified area. It can be purchased at JR EAST Travel Service Centers and online.
For example, you can start your journey by exploring Tokyo, then hop aboard the Shinkansen to the Tohoku area or the Nagano, Niigata area.
*There are two types of JR EAST PASS, and the areas you can travel to depend on the pass type.
Travel around East Japan with just one pass
Travel faster via the Shinkansen
Make seat reservations for free and secure your seat in advance
Save money with the amazing prices
JR EAST Travel Service Centers are travel assistance facilities selling and exchanging passes, as well as providing information in different languages.
Take a ride on the Shinkansen that boasts not only speed and reliability, but also high-tech comfort.