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Temples and Shrines of Tohoku Region

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Hiraizumi Valley
Scenic Hiraizumi Area (Iwate Prefecture)

Tohoku Region is the northeastern part of the main Island of Honshu in Japan.  Tohoku Region consists of six prefectures.  They are Aomori, Iwate, Akita, Yamagata, Miyagi and Fukushima Prefectures.  The eastern parts of the Tohoku Region have suffered a massive earthquake and a subsequent devastating tsunami in March of 2011.  These regions are slowly but surely coming back to normalcy as I write this description of Tohoku Region.

Tohoku Region is probably the least developed area in the main island of Honshu, compared to the more developed areas of the central, western parts of Honshu.  Nonetheless, the special weather patterns and climate that is caused by the mountainous areas, created some beautiful valleys and tourist heavens.  The Matsushima Islands in the Miyagi Prefecture are a perfect example of this.  Matsushima Island area is designated as one of the three most scenic spots in entire Japan.  The transportation systems within the Tohoku Region are fairly well developed, with three Shinkansen lines, Tohoku Shinkansen, Akita Shinkansen and Yamagata Shinkansen servicing all corners of the Tohoku Region. 

The Seikan Underwater Railway Tunnel connecting the Honshu Island with Hokkaido provides a faster way of connecting with cities in Hokkaido from the main island of Honshu.  The Seikan Underwater Tunnel is the longest such tunnel in the world.

As far as Temples and Shrines are concerned, Tohoku region has it's own share of great Temples and Shrines.  The Hiraizumi Area in Iwate Prefecture where Motsuji and Chusonji Temples are located is now designated as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site.  The temples like Yamadera in Yamagata Prefecture provide a blend of mountainous scenic beauty with spiritual fervor.

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