Go Off-the-Beaten Path in Tohoku, Japan
If you do an online search for “Japan travel,” you’ll likely be flooded with images of crowded neon-lit streets and of cherry blossoms and pagodas against the backdrop of Mount Fuji. But beyond these popular sites awaits a region that’s as intriguingly undiscovered as it is accessible: Tohoku. The northernmost swath of Japan’s main island, Tohoku features centuries-old temples and pristine lakes and forested mountains, within a few hours’ high-speed train ride from Tokyo. Here’s a closer look.