Tohoku, the historically-isolated northern Japanese region, will be among the best places for international travelers to visit, especially for spiritual and natural adventures, once Japan reopens for tourism.
Written about by legendary haiku poet Matsuo Basho in his masterpiece travelogue “Oku no Hosomichi” in 1702, Tohoku has been known in Japan since ancient times for its beautiful natural landscapes, sacred mountains, therapeutic hot springs and unique rituals.
The lack of public transportations, tourist-friendly facilities or tourism information – and language barriers for non-Japanese speakers – in many parts of the region, however, has always kept it hard to access. Less than 2 percent of international visitors to Japan reached here before the pandemic.
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