Kakunodate is a small town in Akita prefecture established in the sixteen hundreds as a castle town. Although there is no longer a castle on the top of the hill, the town is still visited for its samurai district.
For our last day in Aomori prefecture, we were driven through the countryside exploring local traditions, seeing great nature and exploring an interesting archeological site.
In November as the snow began to fall, we went for a visit to Hirosaki. We explored the castle and even went apple picking in the nearby Ringo park.
Tohoku has great local traditions and foods, one of them is Imonikai. For this local tradition the whole team gathered at the river side for some Nabe.
Our Sunday trip was a short stop at the Ishinomaki city in the Sanriku coast, one of the cities affected in 2011 by the tsunami.
I was happy to find a place on the way to recovery and a lively city much thanks to its incredible people.
Dewa Senzan is of great importance in Buddhist and Shinto traditions and visiting the three mountains is part of the pilgrimage hikes. This post is about our hike of Haguro san, the mountain symbolizing birth.
Another weekend, another trip. Matsushima was recommended by all friends in Sendai, so we had to try it out. Started with the wrong train, ended up with several amazing experiences.