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Tohoku region, Japan
Tohoku region, Japan

The Tōhoku region (東北地方; Tōhoku-chihō) is a geographical area of Japan. Tōhoku is Japanese for "northeast," and the Tōhoku region occupies the northeastern portion of Honshu, the largest island of Japan. The area is also known as Michinoku (みちのく). Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1397x1593, 79 KB) Summary Large size map of Japan with Tohoku region highlighted, self made but originally based on a japanese mapbook. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1397x1593, 79 KB) Summary Large size map of Japan with Tohoku region highlighted, self made but originally based on a japanese mapbook. ... todo mal de [ [ Shikoku ] ] a través del [ [ mar interior ] ], y noreste de [ [ Kyushu ] ] a través del [ [ estrecho de Kanmon ] ]. Es la séptima isla más grande, y la segunda isla populosa en el mundo después de [ [ Java (isla)|Java ] ] (véase [ [ lista de las islas de la población ] ]). < style=float del div...


The region consists of six prefectures: Akita, Aomori, Fukushima, Iwate, Miyagi and Yamagata Prefectures. The prefectures of Japan are the countrys 47 sub-national jurisdictions: one metropolis (都 to), Tokyo; one circuit (道 dō), Hokkaidō; two urban prefectures (府 fu), Osaka and Kyoto; and 43 other prefectures (県 ken). ... Samurai house in Kakunodate Tazawako (Lake Tazawa) Akita Prefecture (秋田県; Akita-ken) is located in the Tōhoku Region of northern Japan. ... Aomori Prefecture (青森県 Aomoriken or frequently Aomori-ken) is located in the Tohoku region of Japan. ... Fukushima Prefecture (福島県 Fukushima-ken) is located in the Tohoku region on Honshu island, Japan. ... Iwate Prefecture (岩手県; Iwate-ken) is located in the Tohoku region on Honshu island, Japan. ... Miyagi Prefecture (宮城県; Miyagi-ken) is located in Tohoku region on Honshu island, Japan. ... Yamagata Prefecture (山形県; Yamagata-ken) is located in the Tohoku region on Honshu island, Japan. ...


The last stronghold of the indigenous Ainu on Honshu and the site of many battles, Tōhoku retains a reputation as a remote and backward region, offering breathtaking scenery but a harsh climate. Tōhoku is immemorialized in haiku poet Matsuo Basho's work Oku no Hosomichi (The Narrow Road to the Deep North). The Ainu (pronounced , eye-noo, アイヌ / aynu) are an ethnic group indigenous to Hokkaido, the northern part of Honshu in Northern Japan, the Kuril Islands, much of Sakhalin, and the southernmost third of the Kamchatka peninsula. ... A statue of Bashō in Ogaki, Gifu. ...


Tōhoku, like most of Japan, is hilly or mountainous, with the Ou Mountains forming running north-south. Its initial historical settlement occurred between the seventh and ninth centuries A.D., well after Japanese civilization and culture had become firmly established in central and southwestern Japan. Although iron, steel, cement, chemical, pulp, and petroleum-refining industries began developing in the 1960s, Tōhoku was traditionally considered the granary of Japan because it supplied Sendai and the Tokyo-Yokohama market with rice and other farm commodities. Tōhoku provided 20 percent of the nation's rice crop. The climate, however, is harsher than in other parts of Honshu and permits only one crop a year on paddy land. The Ou Mountains (Japanese: 奥羽山脈 [おうう] ÅŒu-sammyaku) are a mountain range in the Tohoku Region of Honshu, Japan. ...

Cast-iron teapots like this one sit atop stoves during the long winters in Tohoku.
Cast-iron teapots like this one sit atop stoves during the long winters in Tohoku.

The inland location of many of the region's lowlands has led to a concentration of much of the population there. Coupled with coastlines that do not favor port development, this settlement pattern resulted in a much greater than usual dependence on land and railroad transportation. Low points in the central mountain range fortunately make communications between lowlands on either side of the range moderately easy. Tourism became a major industry in the Tōhoku region, with points of interest including: Download high resolution version (800x665, 233 KB) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Download high resolution version (800x665, 233 KB) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ...

Hirosaki (弘前市; -shi) is a city located in Aomori in Tohoku region of Japan. ... Categories: Japan geography stubs ... Lake Towada Lake Towada Lake Towada is the largest caldera lake in the island of Honshu, Japan. ... Categories: Stub | Geography of Japan ... Lake Tazawa For the town in Akita Prefecture, see Tazawako, Akita. ... Kakunodate (Japanese: 角館町; -machi) is a town located in Senboku District, Akita, Japan. ... Morioka (盛岡市; -shi) is the capital city of Iwate prefecture, Japan. ... Hiraizumi (平泉町; -chou) is a town located in Nishiiwai District, Iwate, Japan. ... Monument to the Byakkotai Samurai Aizu (Japanese: 会津) is the old name of part of the modern-day Japanese prefecture of Fukushima, formerly a part of Mutsu province. ... The Three Mountains of Dewa (出羽三山 Dewa Sanzan) are the three sacred mountains of Mt. ...

See also

Japan is an island nation in East Asia comprised of a large stratovolcanic archipelago extending along the Pacific coast of Asia. ... Japan is informally divided into eight regions. ...

External links

Travel guide to Tohoku region from Wikitravel Wikitravel is a project to create an open content, complete, up-to-date, and reliable world-wide travel guide. ...


References

Prefectures of Japan Flag of Japan
Aichi | Akita | Aomori | Chiba | Ehime | Fukui | Fukuoka | Fukushima | Gifu | Gunma | Hiroshima | Hokkaido | Hyogo | Ibaraki | Ishikawa | Iwate | Kagawa | Kagoshima | Kanagawa | Kochi | Kumamoto | Kyoto | Mie | Miyagi | Miyazaki | Nagano | Nagasaki | Nara | Niigata | Oita | Okayama | Okinawa | Osaka | Saga | Saitama | Shiga | Shimane | Shizuoka | Tochigi | Tokushima | Tokyo | Tottori | Toyama | Wakayama | Yamagata | Yamaguchi | Yamanashi
Regions of Japan
Hokkaido | Tohoku | Kantō | Chubu (Hokuriku - Koshinetsu - Tokai) | Kansai | Chugoku | Shikoku | Kyushu | Ryukyu
Major Cities (Cities designated by government ordinance)
23 wards of Tokyo | Chiba | Fukuoka | Hiroshima | Kawasaki | Kitakyushu | Kobe | Kyoto | Nagoya | Osaka | Saitama | Sapporo | Sendai | Shizuoka | Yokohama

 
 

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