|Above, Matsushima Bay and the Godaido Temple. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
Back in 2006, I visited Sendai and Matsushima in Tohoku to see where my dad was briefly stationed before being shipped over to Korea during the Korean War.
I especially enjoyed Matsushima Bay with its views of islets that are sprinkled throughout the bay.
There are other reasons to visit Tohoku and Inside Japan Tours has listed ten of them, one of which is Matsushima.
They begin their article with:
Tohoku, the northernmost region of Japan’s main island, encompasses six prefectures and countless fascinating destinations. It is a region of wild countryside, rustic hot spring towns and deep winters spent under a thick blanket of snow, brightened by some of the country’s most impressive festivals. To the Japanese it the home of culture and legend, and it famously inspired the poet Matsuo Basho to produce his magnum opus, The Narrow Road to the Deep North, as he made his epic journey northwards in the 17th century.
Despite its manifold charms, Tohoku remains one of the least-visited of Japan’s eight regions, and is thus one of the best places in the country to venture off the beaten track. Foreign visitors to the region are scarce, so you will be received with more than the usual hospitality and interest – quite a novelty in a world where tourists are often tolerated rather than welcomed.
Tohoku has so many areas of interest that it was incredibly hard to choose just ten. The following represent a handful of our favourites – you’ll have to head out there yourself to find your own!
- See more at: https://www.insidejapantours.com/blog/2015/10/13/10-reasons-to-visit-tohoku/#sthash.CgNvIHVH.dpuf