Aizu is the western region of Fukushima Prefecture. Aizu Wakamatsu City is a center of the region and as the city names themselves as "Samurai City", the area shows the samurai tradition at the landmarks such as Tsuruga Castle and Aizu Bukeyashiki (Samurai residence). It also has been a town of merchants with beautiful storehouses. Ouchi-juku is an old post town which is famous with its traditional thatched buildings that line its main street.
Tottori Prefecture is located along the Sea of Japan. Its capital is Tottori City, famous for the large area of sand dunes just outside of the city. The biggest dunes have a great view of the beautiful coast which is part of the San’in Kaigan National Park. The Sand Museum here shows sculptures made from sand, every year with a different theme. Outside the capital, you can explore cliffs and sea caves or venture inland to more off-the-beaten-track destinations. To relax and recover your strengths, unwind in the hot springs of MisasaOnsen and taste some of the local cuisine.
Iwate is the second-largest prefecture in Japan, located in the Tohoku region in the northeast of the country’s main island. Iwate is known for its stunning landscapes from mountains and valleys to a spectacular coastline. Take a masterclass in Japanese culture and folk tales in Tono Valley, explore the Ryusendo Cave and its underground lakes in Iwaizumi, or visit the seaside. The coast is part of the Sanriku Fukko National Park that stretches out along the Pacific Ocean. In Miyako City, a main fishing port, you can enjoy local seafood and scenic spots like Jodogahama Beach and the Blue Cave.