Tohoku Tourist Information
Hirosaki Castle Cherry Blossom Festival 【Aomori】
A historic Japanese festival with its name taken from a night-viewing tradition dating back to 1916.
【ACCESS】About 10 minutes by car from JR Hirosaki Station.
Best time: end of April-early May
Hachimantai Aspite Line; Fall Colors and the Corridor of Snow【Iwate】
The Aspite Line is closed during winter due to heavy snow, but in late April, the road is reopened with impressively high walls of snow on both sides; the snow walls, which can reach a height of 6 m in some places, are so smooth and vertical that the snow appears as if it has been sliced with a knife.
Experience the beauty of both winter and spring on the Aspite Line, by driving through the corridor of snow which will then lead to cherry blossoms in bloom at the base of Hachimantai
【ACCESS】 about 40 minutes by Tohoku Expressway Matsuo-Hachiman IC
Best time: end of April
SENDAI Pageant of Starlight【Miyagi】
The Sendai Pageant of Starlight is one of Japan's biggest winter illumination displays. Each year from early December through December 31st, 600,000 Christmas lights illuminate the zelkova trees along Jozenji-dori in downtown Sendai.
【ACCESS】about 1-minute walk from Sendai Subway Namboku Line Koutoudai-Kouen Station.
Held in early to end December
Yamagata Zao “Snow Monster” 【Yamagata】
Gaze upon frost-covered trees, a curious phenomenon that arose from a unique natural circumstances.
【ACCESS】about 45 minutes from JR Yamagata Station by car 40 minutes by Yamagata Expressway Zao IC
Best time: January - March
Thatch-roofed houses line the main road. Vestiges of a post town from the Edo era remain today.
【ACCESS】about 10 minutes from Yunogam Onsen Station by car About 1 hour by Tohoku Expressway Shirakawa IC
Takada Park's cherry blossoms【Niigata】
This park offers fantastic and stunning views when the 3,000 lantern light up the approximately 4,000 Yoshino cherry blossoms. This park is said to be one of Japan’s three major parks for viewing night cherry blossoms. The three-storied tower of Takada Castle is lit up and it makes the night views more attractive.
【ACCESS】about 10 minutes by Joushinetsu Expressway Jouetsu-Takada IC
Best time: early to mid -April