As we didn't do enough driving the day before, we decided another 117 miles was in order. We were driving from Fukushima down to Ibaraki prefecture, outside of Tohoku. We had some stops planned on the way, and didn't need to get to Mito in Ibaraki during day light, so we could take our time. … Continue reading Japan 2019 Day 11: Shirakawa & Ibaraki
On Friday the 11th of March 2011 an magnitude 9 earthquake occurred off the coast of Tohoku, it was the most powerful earthquake ever recorded in Japan. This triggered a tsunami which hit the Tohoku coastline killing thousands. The tsunami also hit the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant setting off 7 nuclear meltdowns. Thousands of … Continue reading Japan 2019 Day 10: Visiting the Fukushima nuclear exclusion zone
We started the day with a bit of a lie in and weren't on the road until 7am. We were heading up into the mountains to explore Goshiki-numa (Five coloured marshes), a collection of strange coloured ponds in the mountains north of Aizuwakamatsu, in Bandai-Asahi National Park. It was quite a fun drive going up … Continue reading Japan 2019 Day 9: Goshiki-numa and Aizu’s history
One of the main things I wanted to do in Tohoku was to explore the areas affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. One prefecture that was affected more than others was Fukushima. Not only suffering the direct impact of the earthquake and tsunami, but with the ongoing fall out from the nuclear reactor meltdown. … Continue reading Japan 2019 Day 8: To Fukushima!
Driving 150 miles across Iwate to find the prefectures natural beauty spots!
A spectacular 100 mile road trip up the coast of Iwate
Visiting Iwate's natural beauty and seeing the scars of the 2011 Great Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami
After a freezing and almost completely sleepless night courtesy of Towadako Hostel we headed out to the lake side for sunrise. Our first stop after parking up was Towadako shrine, which is accessed by a short hike through the forest (beware of bears!). The shrine was really beautiful, nothing but trees surrounding the shrine buildings. … Continue reading Japan 2019 Day 4: Aomori road trip part 2
Another early start (a theme on this trip again) saw us back on the Tohoku shinkansen heading from Sendai up to Shin-Aomori station in Aomori prefecture, the most northern prefecture in Honshu. As soon as we got off the shinkansen at Shin-Aomori station we walked across the road and picked up our first rental car … Continue reading Japan 2019 Day 3: Exploring Aomori by car
Our second day in Japan saw us waking up early to catch the 7am train to Yamadera in the neighbouring prefecture of Yamagata. The train takes about an hour from Sendai to Yamadera and goes through numerous small villages, and beneath the Japanese alps which reach north to south across the centre of Tohoku. The … Continue reading Japan 2019 Day 2: Yamadera & Matsushima