The Tohoku region and the north of Japan’s main island
is only visited by 1% of the visitors who come to Japan.
However, it has some of the best hidden gems in the country.
So this time, let’s step off the beaten path,
and discover more of Tohoku.
2 Days In Tohoku
I started off my trip in Sendai and went to buy a highway bus pass,
which gives you unlimited rides on the buses all around Tohoku.
So mainly at JTB Tohoku,
it’s only 10,000 yen for 4 days.
So, it’s great for people who are on a budget and want to travel around Tohoku.
However, before I hit on the bus,
I decided to check out a local market by the station.
So, right now we’re at Sendai’s morning market,
you will find fish here,
you’ll find fruit, vegetables.
And even though it’s called a morning market,
apparently it runs on until the night.
So, that’s a little fun fact for you.
Many people call this morning market “Sendai citizen’s kitchen”.
It started with many farmers gathering together bringing their vegetables.
There are also many street food to try out as well.
What is your recommendation?
This croquette that we have been making for years.
[Yeah, I want one of these.]
“Jaga Jaga Croquette” is what we are known for.
[好的 “Jaga Jaga”]
[Okay, “Jaga Jaga”.]
The chick’s crunchy and crispy on the outside and then inside,
you’ve got like the mashed potato.
Now, let’s get on the bus and see more of Tohoku.
Please show the pass when you get off the bus.
Sendai → Morioka
So, I just got off the bus.
And as you get off,
it’s a totally different atmosphere, because it’s snowing.
It’s the first time I’ve seen snow this year.
Oh, the air is very fresh,
But I slept a lot on the bus.
And as soon as I woke up,
I’m here now, and you are there
Now, we’re going to take this local bus 400 yen, and go to lunch.
So, we’ve come to the restaurant that we’re gonna be having lunch at.
And we’re going to be eating wanko soba.
So, it’s actually my first time.
Look at how beautiful this building is,
especially with the snow on the roof.
Let’s go inside and warm ourselves up.
Soba noodles will be put into your black bowl as you eat.
You can also enjoy the toppings with your soba.
30 bowls later
I finally have a break!!! Yay!!
Sorry to keep you waiting!
And then she’s back…LOL.
I’m so full…
If you eat 3 more bowls, you will reach 70 bowls!
If I eat until 100 bowls, I probably can’t do any work after.
81 bowls later…
Shut the lid to end the challenge!
I’m so full.
Look how much I ate.
So, I had 81 bowls on soba.
Like I literally thought when I first started eating,
I could only eat around 30,
cuz you said the average for girls is around 30 to 40.
But I ate 81.
So proud of myself.
好的 现在我们回到巴士 准备前往青森
Alright, so now we’re gonna go back on the bus, and go to Aomori.
I feel like today all I’ve done is literally sleep and eat a lot of soba.
And I’m gonna go back on the bus,
I’m probably gonna sleep in full cover.
So now, we are in Aomori.
And we’re gonna go to a local drinking alley,
which one should we go to.
What do I feel like?
I’m not actually that hungry after all the soba I ate.
Wow, look at this restaurant.
It’s so pink.
Table for 1.
Nice and warm.
This mushroom is enormous!
It’s called “Gannikiku”.
It’s good for your health.
When you travel at some people you meet along the way
that make the experience a memorable one,
and for me, I’m glad I could end my stay in already with these friendly locals.
Now to really explore deeper into Tohoku,
I decided to go to Taro,
a town that was affected by the Great East Japan earthquake
that happened 6 years ago.
Sanriku railways started running in 1984.
It was damaged by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami,
however full restoration was complete in April 2014.
This is the tsunami remains Taro Kanko Hotel.
The tsunami reached the 4th floor of the 6 story building.
Inside here I will show you a video
that was taken during the tsunami from the 6th floor of this building.
A video you can only see here.
The guide explained to us what happened on the day of the tsunami,
and it made us feel like as fluid air in the moment.
There is a saying in Japanese that goes “a disaster strikes when you least expect it”,
but that’s not true.
A disaster happens because people forget about it.
Please never forget that.
On the very same day, there were many locals and visitors enjoying a festival nearby.
so I decided to check it out and participate in one of the events that was happening.
I’m gonna go catch some fish now.
It’s my first time, I’ve no idea what takes me.
But let’s go.
-Are you ready?-Yes.
You have two minutes to catch a salmon!
It’s so fast.
It says Taro’s Women Association,
but actually it’s supposed to be BEAUTIFUL women.
Because you are all beautiful.
Even though we encountered the tsunami,
the whole nation supported and helped us.
The sea also gives us energy,
so now we want to give back.
Next, we are going to head to one of my favorite scenic sites and all of Tohoku.
And I also found a very helpful app
for when you are taking the buses around Tohoku,
which I will link down in the descriptions.
Jodogahama literally means “pure land beach”.
And it’s a series of rock formations along the coast of Miyako Bay.
It was such an open space.
And you could see literally no buildings outside,
which just made it really peaceful and quiet.
Now, we are going to go have sushi at the shop here.
Yoda is a very famous for this seafood, so you have to try it.
And I mean one of the best ways to try seafood is sashimi or sushi.
好的 来试试金枪鱼 看起来真新鲜
Alright, let’s try the tuna. It looks so fresh already.
It just melts in your mouth literally.
So, that brings me to the end of my Tohoku adventures.
But, if you also want to discover a deeper side of Japan,
then I think Tohoku is a great place to go.
And the bus pass I used is a great option for you
to travel around off the beaten path on a budget.
I’ll also link down below as a Tohoku correlated travel information
for those of you who are planning a trip.
And that being said,
I will see you very soon in my next video.
See you guys, and thank you for watching