Industrial Tourism in Japan
Akita makes up the northern part of mainland Japan by the Sea of Japan and is known for its heavy snowfall. It is known for rice production, with a brand of rice named after the prefecture: “Akitakomachi”. A traditional food made from mashed rice formed into cylinders around wooden sticks, called kiritanpo, is an ingredient in the traditional hot pot dish of the region, along with a premium breed of chicken known as Hinai chicken. Akita is blessed with dense forests that provide wood for a diverse range of traditional crafts, including a high-quality and lightweight woodcraft called Odate Magewappa, which is a steam bending woodcraft, and cherry bark craftwork in which Japanese cherry bark is used to bring out unique textures in the products. Akita silver filigree is another traditional craft that has been passed down through generations and involves forming pure silver wires into ornaments. There are two airports and the Tohoku Expressway running through the region, making it a good location for the conglomeration of companies in the electronic components industry.
Aomori is on the northern tip of mainland Japan and has a cool climate. It is the top producer of apples in Japan – saying that your apples are from Aomori creates a powerful brand identity in Japan. With the scallop farming and flounder fishing that is prevalent in Mutsu Bay, fisheries are also thriving. Tsugaru lacquer, which has been around since the 1640s, is an officially designated traditional Japanese craft. Aomori is also home to a diverse genre of crafts, such as Tsugaru Vidro – made with traditional glass-blowing techniques – and linen cross-stitched with cotton threads. It has a unique manufacturing culture which extends to electric component production, giving form to many small and medium enterprises in the prefecture. One of the three largest festivals in the Tohoku region, the Nebuta Festival, takes place during the summer and attracts many tourists that come to see the floats carrying brilliant statues.
The climate varies between the three areas defined by the Aizu, Nakadori, and Hamadori mountains. Located in the west, Aizu is known for its heavy snowfall. Fukushima is a popular producer of peaches in Japan and an active producer of original buckwheat varieties. It is also known for producing high-quality sake, having received the most gold awards for six years in a row at sake competitions as of 2017. Aizu lacquer is a popular traditional craft from Fukushima, where gold patterns stand out over the colorful lacquer paint. Said to have begun around the 9th century, the red cow figurine called Aka Beko – based on the legend of a red cow that eliminated the plague – is believed to ward off evil. Beko means cow in the Fukushima dialect. Fukushima is also an active producer of ornamental freshwater fish, called koi.
Fukushima Brewery (Asahi Group Holdings)
Asahi Beer's Fukushima Brewery holds six plant tours each day and receives approximately 50,000 visitors each year. Brewery tours include the ability to see the...
Location: Motomiya-City, Fukushima
Language: Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean (pamphlet only)
90% of Iwate is agricultural land and forests. It has a cool climate, dense forests, and a long coastline, and Iwate’s economy relies on agriculture, forestry, and fisheries to this day. Iwate has kept the tradition of free-driving fisherwomen known as ama, who catch abalone and sea urchins, and it became the filming location of the TV series Ama-chan, in which the heroine aspires to become an ama. Koiwai Farm is a famous sightseeing spot and had the third highest number of dairy cows in Japan in 2015. Iwate raises Maesawa cattle, a premium Japanese breed of beef cattle. It is where Buddhism flourished and the Chuson-ji Temple and other cultural heritage sites in Hiraizumi, which were built in 1124, are registered world heritage sites. Chuson-ji is also known for its gold-plated hall, called Konjikido. Cast ironware that has been around since the 17th century, called Nambu tetsubin, is also very popular.
Home to the prefectural government office, Sendai is one of the primary cities in Japan and is the center of Tohoku. Miyagi produced a great warlord called Masamune Date in the 16th century, during the warring period of Japan. To this day, his statue is cherished as the symbol of Miyagi. Zunda is a soybean paste with a unique flavor, often used in rice cake confections. It is said to have been created when Masamune ate his soybeans after mashing them with his sword. Miyagi is also known for fish paste shaped like bamboo leaves – called sasa kamaboko – and grilled beef tongue. Just offshore of Miyagi is where Kuroshio (a warm current) and Oyashio (a cold current) meet. This spot is also known as one of the three largest fishing sites in the world, making Miyagi a prominent producer among fisheries. It is also a large seafood producer, ranking at the top nationally for flounder and shark, and second for tuna and farmed oysters in 2015.
Yamagata has abundant nature, including natural Japanese beech forests and the Mogami River, which flows down the middle of the prefecture and is adored, even appearing in a popular haiku. Its sake industry takes advantage of the high-quality water resources and is known for its excellent quality, being the first to adopt the Japan Geographical Indication system. Yamagata was Japan’s top producer of cherries and pears in 2017, and the Yamagata-based cherry brand, Sato Nishiki, is especially popular around the world. The beef from the Japanese Black cattle, raised in southern Yamagata, is known as Yonezawa beef. Yamagata has an active electronics industry shipping many high-quality components, including those for computers and automobiles. The Port of Sakata is located where the Mogami River flows into the Sea of Japan. Yamagata is taking various globalization measures, such as opening sailing routes to Korea and China.
Furusawa Shuzou Co., Ltd.(Furusawa Shuzou SAKE Museum)
Our company was founded in 1836 in Sagae City located in the Yamagata Valley, between Mt. Gassan to the west and Mt. Zao to the east, ...
Location: Sagae-City, Yamagata
Language: Japanese, English (Brochure), Chinese (Brochure), Korean (Brochure)