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3 Nango

The four seasons in rural woodland villages—quintessential Japanese scenes

In the Nango area, the atmosphere of rural woodland villages still remains.
Away from the hustle and bustle of the cities, if you allow yourself to relax into the natural rhythm of the seasons,
you can find a kind of luxury that's only available in the countryside.

Rural village life

 The appeal of Hachinohe's Nango area is the natural beauty of its rural spaces. Surrounded by nature, traditional ways of life live on in the tranquil beauty of rural villages.

 "Yama-no-Gakko" uses the buildings of a closed elementary school to provide a facility where visitors can experience the lifestyle of a bygone era. In the warm atmosphere of the little wooden school buildings, locals offer a friendly Nango-style welcome and teach visitors about the old ways of doing things, such as making soba (buckwheat) noodles, charcoal, tofu or miso, sandal-weaving and growing vegetables with natural farming methods.

 At the Nango Historical Museum, an old house from the village of Yomasari, which was flooded by the construction of a dam, is displayed, providing valuable information about the past. Why not escape the hubbub of modern life and listen to the voices of the past?

Taste the four seasons in food

 If the strongest image of Hachinohe is its seafood, the culinary attraction of the Nango area is the riches of the land.

 The Nango area is not suitable for rice cultivation but soba (buckwheat) has been grown here since ancient times. Soba can be served in many ways, including cutting the dough into triangles or squares called "soba-kakke". Nowadays, you can try making soba noodles at "Yama-no-Gakko", the Nango Rest Area and other places.

 Fruit cultivation has also thrived in the wide temperature variations of Nango's high-altitude location. All over Nango there are tourist farms where you can pick fruit, such as strawberries, cherries, blueberries and apples, all year round.

 The taste of the fresh fruit is somehow warm and nostalgic. Nango's cuisine is something to savor.

A village of fall colors

 With its abundance of nature, the Nango area is the best place in the city of Hachinohe to enjoy the fall colors.

 If you’re looking for spectacular autumn leaves, head for Lake Aoba. The lake, with its distinctive S-shape, was created by the construction of the Yomasari Dam. The colorful landscape changes depending on where you're standing.

 Go to Cuckoo-no-Mori Echoland to really enjoy the harmonious beauty of the fall colors. The garden and burbling stream of the Keishoan teahouse give the place an elegant atmosphere.

 If you explore some of Nango's secret spots for viewing the autumn leaves, Hachinohe's year-round appeal will dazzle you even more.

Column「Nango Summer Jazz Festival」

 With 25 years of history behind it, the Nango Summer Jazz Festival is Tohoku's biggest jazz festival. Top jazz artists from Japan and around the world gather to produce passionate performances that fill the air with music. Prominent artists who have participated in the Festival in the past include Terumasa Hino, Junko Onishi, Sadao Watanabe and Bobby Caldwell. More than 2,000 jazz fans come from all over Japan every year to listen to top-class performances. This is why Nango is referred to as the "Jazz Village".

HoursEvery year on the 4th Saturday in July

Cuckoo-no-Mori Echoland outdoor stage

* Free shuttle buses operate from Hachinohe Station to the Festival venue.