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Tohoku Region Guide


Tohoku is located on Northern Honshu located in Japan. It includes the prefectures of Aomori, Akita, Iwate, Yamagata, Miyagi, and Fukushima. Tohoku's name is derived from the Japanese name “To”, which means east, and Huko, which means north. The Tohoku region is also known as Ou which references to the many mountain regions that are in the area. This region also makes up 1/5 of Japans total region but has less than 1/10 of the total population which means it is one of Japans least developed regions after Hokkaido.

There are three main mountain ranges that run through Tohoku North to South but is also separated by lowlands. These ranges and lowlands are the Kitakami Range and Abukuma Range
the Kitakami River and Abukuma River lowlands, the Ou Mountains, a row of basins that make up the Median Groove, and the Dewa Mountains as well as the mountains that are associated with the Mount Asahi and Mount Iide mountains.

The Ou mountains backbone is what makes up the climate in Tohoku. This backbone separates the Western Area which has the warmer summers and snowy winters and the eastern area which consists of cooler temperatures and dryer winters. The Northeastern region of Tohoku is frequented by sea fog as well as cool easterly winds during the growing season.

Tohoku is a region that depends entirely on agriculture and it is often times referred to as the rice granary of Japan. They also grow fruit and raise cattle as part of the agriculture.
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