The Tohoku region is located in the northernmost part of Honshu and consists of six prefectures: Aomori, Iwate, Miyagi, Akita, Yamagata, and Fukushima. Blessed with abundant nature, the area offers a unique Japanese landscape in each of the four seasons. In winter, skiing and snowboarding can be enjoyed in many snowy areas, and in spring, cherry blossoms bloom one after another from the end of March to the beginning of May. Traditional festivals held throughout Tohoku range from grand summer festivals to fantastic snow festivals. Fruit picking such as strawberries, peaches, cherries, apples, and grapes is especially popular, as are local dishes made from the bounty of the sea, mountains, and land, and some of the best fruit farms in Japan. There are also many hot spring resorts popular among foreigners, where visitors can spend a relaxing time while enjoying the serene atmosphere.