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Visit Geibikei Gorge in Rural Iwate Prefecture!

Geibikei Gorge, located in Ichinoseki city, Iwate, is a bit of a hidden gem in Japan. Not to be confused with a smaller attraction nearby named Gembikei, Geibikei Gorge is a 2 kilometer gorge carved out by the Satetsu River. The cliffs here are over 50 meters tall, and the scenery is beautiful. What makes…

Mt. Chokai – The Fujisan of Tohoku

Are you an avid mountain climber or someone looking for a fun challenge? Looking for a good day climb up a beautiful mountain side? Look no further than Mt. Chokai, also known as the “Fujisan of Tohoku” due to its symmetrical shape when viewed from Akita. Mt. Chokai is a 2,236 meter (7,336 foot) tall…

Inaniwa Udon: One of the Top 3 Udon Types

Do you like udon? Typically thicker than ramen or soba, udon has a distinct taste of its own. Not all udon is thick, though. There is one very popular type that hails from the tiny village of Inaniwa in Yuzawa city, Akita prefecture. Sato Yosuke Udon, also known as Inaniwa Udon, is one of the…

Come to the Top Fireworks Competition in Japan!

Summer in Japan means heat, humidity, and summer festivals, where you are sure to see a fireworks display. Japanese fireworks shows differ from American displays. The biggest difference is that in Japan they are usually set to music and often tell a story. It is very artistic. If Japanese-style fireworks are interesting, you need to…

Enjoy beautiful cherry blossoms in Kakunodate, Akita

Cherry blossoms, or sakura, are a key piece of spring time in Japan. People spend all winter looking forward to the trees having beautiful pink blossoms that fall to the ground like snow. In addition, the warmer weather makes picnics and walks in the park possible. It is truly a magical time. While places such…