There is no direct flight from Singapore to this region, so the best way is to fly to Tokyo and then take the Shinkansen (bullet train) up. Foreigners can purchase a JR East (Tohoku) pass for SG$250 that allows unlimited rides on JR lines and Shinkansen for any 5 days within 14 days of purchase. However to travel to Niigata, a separate JR East (Nagano+Niigata) pass is required. You can purchase these passes from Japan Rail Cafe!
- CHEAP! According to Hungry Bird, Tohoku is not as densely populated as other regions so this means everything is not as expensive as Tokyo!😍
- PEACEFUL! Less populated means you don't have to compete with anyone to get your best scenic shot like other tourist locations! Yes you know what I mean when you want to take a photo of that beautiful temple or scenery but people just kept on flooding into the picture...
- BEAUTIFUL NATURE! Because of the sparse population, much of the natural landscape is untouched.
- RICH CULTURE! There are some spectacular festivals held annually with its tradition passed down for many generations.
1) Aomori prefecture 青森県
2) Iwate prefecture 岩手県
3) Miyagi prefecture 宮城県
4) Akita prefecture 秋田県
5) Yamagata prefecture 山形県
6) Fukushima prefecture 福島県
Niigata prefecture 新潟県
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I'm not a fan of sports but I like to eat and enjoy a nice scenery without so many people. So if I'm going down to Tohoku I might just target one festival and plan mainly for apple picking, eat lots of seafood, stay at a Ryokan with natural hot spring and enjoy the scenic mountain and coastal views. 😃
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