Visit Honshu

The northernmost area of Honshu – Accessible from Tokyo in less than 3 hours by Shinkansen Bullet

The northernmost area of Honshu – Accessible from Tokyo in less than 3 hours by Shinkansen Bullet Train! The Hachinohe Area comprises 7 towns and villages surrounding Hachinohe City – a unique area and a warm-hearted community full of unique visitor opportunities. Experience pristine nature, amazing local food, and fascinating traditional culture when you explore Japan’s Northern Frontier.

The region offers opportunities that are only possible in the Japanese countryside. The Hachinohe Sansha Taisai has been celebrated for hundreds of years – Local community groups create stunning floats and parade them around the city streets. The city is taken over by stunning statues of mythical figures, Kabuki heroes, and fantastical creatures reaching up to 10 meters high. This is your opportunity to see a traditional festival full of local passion and an exciting atmosphere.

( The Hachinohe Sansha Taisha)

Once you have experienced the excitement of Hachinohe City, experience pristine nature as you hike on the Michinoku Coastal Trail. The full trail runs 1,000km all the way down to Soma City in Fukushima Prefecture, any point on the trail will showcase the incredible Japanese coast, including beaches, cliffs, forests, mountains, and shrines.

(The Michinoku Coastal Trail)

If you would prefer to take it easy and live like a real Hachinohe citizen, join them at the Tatehana Wharf for the biggest morning market in Japan. Every Sunday thousands of locals gather to enjoy fresh local food and produce, from fruit and vegetables to seafood fresh from the Hachinohe fishermen’s catch. The market is not only famous for its food, there are stall selling antiques, traditional crafts, and all sorts of locally produced goods. If you want an authentic Japanese experience, join the crowd here, eat some local delicacies and browse the stalls.

( Tatehana Warf )

There are many incredible places to visit in Japan outside of the “Golden Route”. Hachinohe is a great choice for traditional culture, incredible food and unspoilt nature. Add it to your itinerary.
For more information about Hachinohe, visit the VISIT HACHINOHE website.


How to access Hachinohe

From Tokyo: About 2 hours and 45 minutes by Shinkansen Bullet Train
From Osaka (Itami Airport) : About 1 hour and 35 minutes by flight to Misawa Airport
From Sapporo (Okadama Airport) : About 1 hour by flight to Misawa Airport
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