coastal trails. Sake-clear rivers flowing past farmhouses
and craft breweries. Blossoming fruit orchards. Lively markets.
Hachinohe is a smorgasbord of Japan’s best bits:
culture, cuisine and community. Oh, and a beautiful coast to
Tucked into the northeastern Aomori Prefecture, well off the
typical tourist trail, Hachinohe knits together a lively port city,
thriving agricultural towns and the kind of pioneering villages
where green tourism is blossoming. It punches well above weight in
the culinary and cultural stakes. Once a base of the ancient
Nanbu clan, which ruled for more than 700 years
until the mid-19th century, the area continues to use techniques
that originally brought prosperity to the area. These are trades
passed down through generations.
Epicurean travellers, take note. Farmers, low-key restaurants
and thrumming market stalls serve up Hachinohe’s natural larder – a
garlic-centric tasting menu should be near the top of your agenda.
Dip into boutique sake breweries, sample kuraishi beef, gorge on
just-caught seafood, eat sashimi shoulder-to-shoulder with locals
and visit culinary artisans to learn how they honed their crafts at
community-hosted workshops. Enough food? Trace wildflower-flecked
coastal trails, stroll through towns rich in historical artifacts
(and the odd cat mural), explore the Nejo castle remains and try
your hand at age-old crafts.
Easily reachable in under three hours via bullet train from
Tokyo, Hachinohe is a sweet spot that’ll immerse you in Japanese
culture. We’ve consulted locals, trodden coastal trails, scoffed
our way through markets and quaffed a (questionable) amount of
craft sake to bring you the best places to stay and play in
For more information and to get planning, visit visithachinohe.com.
Tanesashi Natural Lawn
Aza Tanakubo, Oaza Samemachi, Hachinohe City, Aomori 031-0841
Azanashirozawa-3, Gonohe, Sannohe-gun, Aomori 039-1522
Nanbu Homestay and Farming Experience
The Aomori Nanbu Tassha Village NPO