The Tohoku region is at the northeastern portion of the main island of Honshu. The region is generally rural and has one of the most scenic countryside in the country.
Traces of the centuries past can be found in Tohoku such as the in city of Kakunadate. Some of the samurai architecture from the 1600s has been preserved in the city. Kakunadate is one of the most beautiful cherry blossom spots in the country with its thousands of weeping cherry trees.
Hiraizumi served as one of Japan's political and cultural capital in the north, and despite the decline of its status since its peak in the 12th century, Hiraizumi remains the region's cultural highlight.