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Visit These 8 Destinations With JR East Tohoku Area Pass

The Tohoku region offers magnificent nature, traditional Japanese culture, and delicious food. Here are some details you need to know about travel with the JR East Tohoku Area Pass.

1. Hirosaki Park / Aomori


Hirosaki Castle is widely considered to be one of Japan's most beautiful castles. In addition to the Cherry Blossom Festival in spring, the Autumn Foliage Festival in autumn, and the Snow Lantern Festival in winter, various events for residents are held throughout the year, making this park a beloved symbol of the community.

2. Omagari / Akita


The National Omagari Fireworks Festival has one of the most prominent histories in Japan. Firework artists chosen from all over Japan bring their very best in order to win Japan's Number One. Each year not only domestic but also overseas spectators gather to total 700,000. Held every year on the last Saturday of August.

3. KItami-Tenshochi / Iwate


This historic park celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2021. The park is one of the most famous cherry blossom viewing spots in Tohoku. The area along the Kitakami River is home to approximately 10,000 cherry trees. It is also easily accessible, only a 15-minute walk from Kitakami Station, where the Tohoku Shinkansen bullet train stops.

4. Yamadera / Yamagata


The temple (Yamadera) was founded over a thousand years ago. Its grounds extend high up a steep mountainside, from where there are great views down onto the valley. From Yamadera Station, it’s only a five-minute walk to reach the base of the temple, where you can begin your ascent.

5. Zao / Yamagata


Mt. Zao is one of the most popular ski resorts in Japan. You can see "the snow monster", an art of Japanese nature made by the snow, wind, and ice. The hiking season is from May to October and on the trails, hikers can enjoy wide open spaces littered with alpine flora.

6. Ōuchijuku / Fukushima


Ouchijuku is a post station developed and groups of thatched houses that reflect the landscape of the Edo era remain. In 1981, Ouchijuku was designated as a Group of Traditional Buildings. Since then it has become a popular sightseeing spot where it heralds in about 1.2 million patrons a year.

7. Nikko / Tochigi


Nikko is a city in Tochigi Prefecture with many historical sites from the Edo era. The World Heritage site Shrines and Temples of Nikko consists of 103 structures spread over three complexes. Besides, the area is gifted with beautiful nature such as mountains, a lake and a waterfall.

8. Tokyo


Tokyo is Japan’s capital and the world’s most populous metropolis. a perennial favorite destination among travelers. Tokyo is a foodie paradise with more Michelin-starred restaurants than any other city in the world. You can enjoy a wide range of cuisine from high-end sushi to quick-slurped noodles.

How to buy the JR East Tohoku Area Pass Tickets?

You can purchase the JR East Tohoku Area Pass tickets with Amnet before coming to Japan!

After arrival in Japan, exchange the voucher for an actual pass at the selected ticketing office of the JR station.