Tohoku in COOL JAPAN VIDEOS Photo Contests: Hot Springs, Festivals, Snowscapes, and More – 10 Beautiful Photos of Japan's Tohoku Region!
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COOL JAPAN VIDEOS is always holding photo contests. This time, we have selected photos that convey the beauty of Japan's Tohoku region from among those submitted to our past photo contests. From popular tourist attractions to picturesque shots of natural phenomena, we've got an amazing list of photos lined up for you to enjoy!
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■Table of Contents
- Tohoku in Past Photo Contests
Ginzan Onsen (Yamagata Prefecture)
Risshakuji Temple (Yamagata Prefecture)
Fudosawa Bridge (Fukushima Prefecture)
Goshikinuma Ponds (Fukushima Prefecture)
Zao Fox Village (Miyagi Prefecture)
Okama Crater (Miyagi Prefecture)
An igloo (Yokote, Akita Prefecture)
Ashino Park (Goshogawara, Aomori Prefecture)
Tsutanuma Pond (Towada, Aomori Prefecture)
A white rainbow at Hachimantai (Hachimantai, Iwate Prefecture)
- Features of COOL JAPAN VIDEOS Photo Contests
- Current Photo Contest
- Summary of Tohoku in COOL JAPAN VIDEOS Photo Contests
Tohoku in Past Photo Contests
We have picked out some amazing photos of Japan's Tohoku region from among the many wonderful entries that convey the charms of Japan. We'll also introduce some popular photo spots as well! Enjoy!
Location: Ginzan Onsen (Yamagata Prefecture)
Highlights of Ginzan Onsen, a Popular Tourist Attraction
Lined with wooden, multi-story Western-style inns, Ginzan Onsen has a retro-modern townscape reminiscent of Japan's Taisho period (1912-1926). The best time to visit Ginzan Onsen, which attracts photographers from all over the world, is during the snowy winter season (January to February). The landscape illuminated by the orange glow of gas lamps, essential for a nostalgic atmosphere, makes for a tasteful and chic photo. Onsen ryokan (hot spring inns) with open-air baths where visitors can bathe while viewing the snowy scenery are very popular. Enjoy the fantastic Ginzan Onsen covered with snow.
A Video Article About Snowscapes in Japan
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Japan's Most Beautiful Snow-Covered Scenery and Popular Tourist Spots That'll Look Great on Your Instagram! The Country, Dyed in a Beautiful White, Shows a Different Face Than Most Are Used To
Photographer: Yuta Aihara
Location: Risshakuji Temple (Yamagata Prefecture)
Highlights of Risshakuji Temple, a Popular Tourist Attraction
Hoshuzan Risshakuji Temple is the setting for the famous haiku poem
Sinking into the rocks
The shrill of the cicadas
by the master haiku poet Matsuo Basho in his travelogue The Narrow Road to the Deep North. The temple is also known as a 'yamadera' (mountain temple) and belongs to the Tendai Sect of Buddhism in Yamagata City, Yamagata Prefecture. Climb the narrow stairs to reach the top of the temple. The platform, which juts out from the cliff, offers a breathtakingly beautiful view and is a popular photo spot for visitors.
A Video Article About Risshakuji Temple in Yamagata Prefecture
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1,015 Steps to the Top of Risshaku-ji Temple in Yamagata, Yamagata Prefecture. A National Site of Scenic Beauty, With a View That Moved Even the Famous Poet Matsuo Basho!
Photographer: 山川 さおり
Location: Fudosawa Bridge (Fukushima Prefecture)
Highlights of Tsubakuro Valley, a Popular Tourist Attraction
Fudosawa Bridge spans the scenic Tsubakuro Valley along the Bandai-Azuma Skyline. In autumn, it's a spectacular spot to photograph the autumn leaves, and if the sky over Fukushima City is overcast, there is a good chance to see a sea of clouds. If the live camera on Route 115 shows clear views of Fudosawa and Jododaira, consider driving to the top of the clouds. We guarantee you'll take photos that will make you think you're in heaven.
A Video Article About the Aizu-Tadami Koyo-go Steam Locomotive
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Aizu-Tadami Koyo-go - A Steam Locomotive Running Through Beautiful Autumn Foliage! Selected As One of the "Top Ten Railway Lines With Beautiful Autumn Foliage," This Train Still Runs As a Classic Steam Locomotive!
Location: Goshikinuma Ponds (Fukushima Prefecture)
Highlights of Goshikinuma Pond, a Popular Tourist Attraction
Goshikinuma is a group of lakes and swamps created by the eruption of Mount Bandai in Aizu. The water of the lakes come in a variety of colors, such as emerald green and cobalt blue, fascinating visitors and leading to the nickname the 'Lakes of Mystery." From mid-October to early November, the best season for viewing the autumn foliage, visitors are mesmerized by the colorful autumn leaves and the beautiful ponds. Aonuma, which has a more mysterious atmosphere than the other lakes, is especially recommended. The contrast with the autumn leaves is exceptional.
A Video Article About Goshikinuma
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This Place Screams Instagram! The Cobalt Blue Waters of Fukushima's "Goshikinuma" Are Out of This World!
Location: Zao Fox Village (Miyagi Prefecture)
Highlights of Zao Fox Village, a Popular Tourist Attraction
Located in Shiroishi, Miyagi, Zao Fox Village is Japan's only zoo for foxes. The zoo has more than 100 foxes of various species that are raised free range, and visitors can see them from up close. The best time to visit is from spring to early summer, as holding a newborn fox cub is a popular activity. Visitors can capture the cute foxes in their natural habitat during a 2-3 hour stay.
A Video Article About Zao Fox Village in Miyagi Prefecture
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Play With Adorable Foxes at Zao Fox Village in Miyagi Prefecture. This Facility, Where Approximately 100 Foxes Run Free, Is Sure to Make for a Memorable Experience!
Photographer: Syohei photography
Location: Okama Crater (Miyagi Prefecture)
Highlights of Zao's Okama Crater, a Popular Tourist Attraction
One of the 100 Famous Japanese Mountains in Japan, Mt. Zao is located on the border between Miyagi and Yamagata prefectures. Okama Crater, a popular tourist attraction there, is a crater lake surrounded by three mountains and is a symbol of Zao, along with the famous ice monsters (ice-covered trees). Visitors can enjoy Okama Crater from late April to early November. Be sure to bring a jacket, as temperatures are low even during the summer months. According to locals, the recommended time to visit is in the morning, even on clear days. You may be able to see the stunning emerald green surface of the water. Please note that the dedicated road to the crater is closed during the winter.
A Video Article About Zao in Yamagata Prefecture
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Zao - Where Fantastic Ice Trees Stretch as Far as the Eye Can See. Referred to as "Ice Monsters" This Destination in Yamagata Prefecture Is Very Popular Among Foreign Tourists
Location: An igloo (Yokote, Akita Prefecture)
Highlights of the Yokote Snow Festival, a Popular Tourist Attraction
The Yokote Snow Festival is said to have a history of approximately 450 years as a festival where people can enjoy igloos at a small New Year's event, and the Brahma dedicated to Asahi Okayama Shrine. Held annually on February 15 and 16, children serve amazake (sweet sake) and mochi (rice cakes) inside the approximately 80 igloos built in the city, while welcoming guests into the igloos. The candles lit in the igloos create a spectacular atmosphere.
A Video Article About the Yokote Snow Festival of Akita Prefecture
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Enjoy the Pure White Snowy Landscape at the Traditional "Yokote Snow Festival" in Yokote, Akita Prefecture! Experience Warm Rice Cakes in a Giant Igloo and a Fantastical Silver World!
Location: Ashino Park (Goshogawara, Aomori Prefecture)
Highlights of Ashino Park, a Popular Tourist Attraction in Aomori Prefecture
Ashino Park is said to be one of the best places on the Tsugaru Peninsula to enjoy the cherry blossoms. The best time to view the cherry blossoms is usually from late April to early May, when more than 1,500 cherry trees of all sorts of varieties can be seen in full bloom. The cherry blossoms blooming along the lakeside are so beautiful that they overwhelm onlookers. The scenery of Tsugaru Railway's an old-fashioned train 'Run Melos-go, named after a popular children's story, passing through the tunnel of cherry blossoms in full bloom creates a popular photo spot for those looking take pictures of the cherry blossoms.
A Video Article About Popular Tourist Attractions in Aomori Prefecture
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After a Harsh Winter, the Beauty of Aomori's Spring, From the Mountains All the Way to the Sea, Shows Its Colors! Enjoy the Cherry Blossoms and Fresh Greenery of Aomori's Popular Sightseeing Destinations!
Photographer: こーさ | Kousa Kobayashi
Location: Tsutanuma Pond (Towada, Aomori Prefecture)
Highlights of Tsutanuma, a Popular Tourist Attraction
Tsutanuma is a popular tourist attraction in Towada, Aomori, with its fiery red autumn leaves. On a day when the wind is calm, the reflection of the trees on the surface of the lake is truly breathtaking. To reduce traffic and protect the environment, advance reservations and a "cooperation fee" of 4,000 yen per car (including one driver) plus 2,000 yen per passenger are required to visit Tsutanuma when the autumn leaves are in season (October 20 - October 31, 2022, from 5 AM to 7:30 AM).
A Video Article About Autumn Leaves at Tsutanuma in Hakkoda, Aomori
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Autumn Leaves in Hakkoda, Aomori - The Reflection of This Beautiful Red Foliage Is Poetic
Photographer: 山川 さおり
Location: A white rainbow at Hachimantai (Hachimantai, Iwate Prefecture)）
A White Rainbow
A rainbow is a phenomenon that appears when sunlight is reflected and refracted by moisture in the air. The conditions for the appearance of a white rainbow are clear skies and fog, but they are rarely caught on camera. If you come across one of these rare white rainbows, be sure to take a photo.
A Video Article About Towada Hachimantai National Park in Japan's Tohoku Region
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Superb Seasonal Views and Hot Springs! With Red Autumn Leaves in the Fall and Pure White Snow in the Winter, the Many Different Faces of Akita Prefecture's Towada Hachimantai National Park Make It One of Japan's Most Scenic Places to Visit!
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Current Photo Contest
The following is information about the current photo contest.
[Ongoing From March 2023] The 16th COOL JAPAN VIDEOS Photo Contest
Theme: Tourist Attractions in Japan to Visit in Spring
Submission period: March. 1, 2023 0:00 AM – April. 30 2023 11:59 PM(JST)
Prizes: ■Grand Prize: 30,000 yen Amazon gift card (1 Winner) ■Honorable Mentions: 10,000 yen Amazon gift card (5 Winners)
Tourist Attractions in Japan to Visit in Spring
Summary of Tohoku in COOL JAPAN VIDEOS Photo Contests
We hope you were able to experience the charm of Japan's Tohoku region through these past entries to COOL JAPAN VIDEOS photo contests. COOL JAPAN VIDEOS photo contests are not just about capturing the spectacular scenery of tourist attractions and rare natural phenomena, but also about capturing scenes from everyday life, meaning anyone can win a prize. With the spread of smartphones, the world of photography has become more accessible than ever. We invite you to share your photos of Japan with the people of the world by submitting them to COOL JAPAN VIDEOS.
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