The memorial hall also encompasses a half of Noguchi’s Meija-era home. Bandai-Azuma Skyline The Gran Deco ski resort is one of Tohoku’s prime winter escapes, with snow situations that are good for both skiing and snowboarding. In the hotter months, visitors can explore the myriad hiking trails that crisscross the encompassing Bandai-Asahi National Park. Come autumn, a few of Tohoku’s finest fall foliage could be seen from the close by Azuma Bandai skyline drive. The resort’s proximity to Tokyo makes it a well-liked escape in any season. Despite the tragedies that occurred in Fukushima over 5 years ago, this northern prefecture – considered one of Japan’s largest – is open for business.