Discover the best top things to do in Kitakami, Japan including Tenshochi, Geto Onsen, Michinoku Folklore Village, Geto Kogen Ski Resort, Oni no Yakata, Kitakami Station Tourist Information Center, Kitakami Yakyoku Monument.
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4.5 based on 109 reviews
Sakura blosoomed well around late April to early May each year in Kitakami . Long lines of keinobori hung across the river and rows of attractive cherry trees with treasure boats sailing up and down the river. Lots of people strolled underneath the sakura tunnel and occasionally you could see red horse carts leisurely carried groups of people from one place to the other. This place is very popular amoung the local people and easy to reach from the JR station. Do experience the fun early next year.
4.5 based on 27 reviews
I first visited Geto with my familly (three small chilldren) in 1990 and last visited by myself in November 2015. It is a traditional single inn hot spring where people can go to stay for a night or a few weeks with their families. It is closed during the winter because it lies at the end of a mountain road which is snowed in, closed from early November to early May. Pictures on trip advisor are accurate. There are five or so outdoor baths situated along the river. Most have separate changing areas for men and women, but the baths are communal. There is a set time for women only, and there is a bath that is full-time for women only. The main inn buillding serves meals. The other buildings, each with a seperate name, are cook for youself places with comunal kitchens and restrooms are one or two per floor, and not connected to the individual rooms. There is a small store with food you can buy to prepare for yourself. The kitchens are great places to socialize and learn how local people cook. No beds, but nice futons. There are public and free busses from Kitakami station to the spring. The free busses are twice a day and you can ride them into town to buy gorceries and then back out to the hot spring about an hour later. I only saw one other foreigner there, an eastern European woman traveling solo through Japan. Japanese is required for a full experience here.
4.5 based on 17 reviews
Open air museums provide an easy way to learn about an area in different historical periods from their buildings.
Michinoku Village did not disappoint.
The restored buildings moved here from throughout Tohoku were nicely situated on a rolling hilltop with well kept grounds. It’s a bit of an uphill hike to reach the museum but there are a few building situated along the roadway to provide interest and stopping points. At the actual entrance a useful map was provided with explanations of all the structures. Many buildings were open to visitors and had period furnishings. The farm building even had animal figures and a few living creatures. The grounds are planted with flowers and some blossoming trees in a wooded area.
We found this a very interesting visit and were surprised how few people were there given the crowds at the sakura festival just across the road.
An extra boon for us was that entrance was free in 2016 (perhaps because some buildings were being renovated and were not open).
4 based on 16 reviews
Because of its inconvenient location from Tokyo or other large metropolises, the lines are short and lift tickets cheap. Not only that, but it's a big mountain with two(!) gondola lifts and other strategically placed lifts so that despite its size, you can ski the whole mountain in a day. And of course there is almost too much snow. Another bonus compared to lower latitudes is that the temperatures a little lower so the snow doesn't get as soft and slushy.
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