Tohoku is a generic term for the northern area of Japan.
Tohoku is the name for the northernmost area of Japan's main island. It’s a place that played a central role in Jomon culture, also called the origin of Japanese culture. In ancient times, Tohoku was known as "Michinoku," roughly translating to "off the beaten path," because of its distance from the center of Japan and the rough seas and mountain roads that surround it. As a result, Tohoku has a unique culture influenced by indigenous belief and the ancient Japanese religion of Shintoism. Many festivals and rituals that embody that culture still remain today. Tohoku is one of Japan's leading grain-producing areas, and its fertile grounds grow the majority of Japans consumed apples and an abundance of other fruits.
During the winter months, many areas of Tohoku are hit by heavy snow. This snow made farming almost impossible and thus farmers would take up other crafts to pass the time. This created a vast and rich crafting culture in many areas of Tohoku. This tradition has been passed down through the generations and can be seen in present-day Tohoku crafting. The people of Tohoku are brought up in harmony with the abundant nature, and embody the attributes Japan is famous for: pure-heartedness, humility and honesty. Get lost in Tohoku, the beauty, its unique history and culture and the many world heritage sites open to visitors. Experience the beauty of Tohoku, a region renowned for its peaceful co-existence with nature.