Spots in Miyagi Area

  • Zuihoden Mausoleum
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    4.0
    600 Reviews
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    Miyagi Pref. Sendaishi Aoba-ku Otamayashita 23-2
    Zuihoden, the mausoleum of Date Masamune who died in 1636 at the age of 70, was built at his request. It consists of the main shrine, hall of worship, place of mercy, and Nirvana gate, conveying to the present the characteristics of luxurious and elegant Momoyama culture. Although it was designated as a National Treasure in 1937, it was destroyed by fire during the war in 1945. It was rebuilt in 1979, and large renovation works were carried out in 2001, and the beautiful colors were restored.

    We walked from the station. Its quite a sight when one climbs up between the tall trees. Inspiring when one reads the history.

  • Matsushima Shimameguri Kankosen cruises
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    4.0
    384 Reviews
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    Miyagi Pref. Miyagigunmatsushimamachi Matsushima Chounai 85
    Matsushima Shimameguri Kankosen cruises offer scheduled trips on large ships, setting out from the Matsushima Coast, for 50-minute cruises in which passengers can enjoy viewing the Matsushima Islands, which have traditionally been ranked as one of the “Three Views of Japan.” For an additional charge, passengers can relax and enjoy the views from the luxury seats on the ship’s upper deck. Other island cruises using medium-sized and small-boats (for groups of at least 15 passengers and at least 12 passengers respectively) are also available; because these boats have a shallower draught than the larger Nio-maru, they are able to follow different routes, giving passengers a closer look at the Matsushima Islands.

    Many islands, small to large, in various shapes, some with caves, are there. In addition, there are many gulls and black-tailed gulls (in Japan black-tailed gull is called Umineko – sea cat – as its...

  • Saichi
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    299 Reviews
    Shopping
    Miyagi Pref. Sendaishi Taihaku-ku Akiumachiyumoto Yakushi 27
    A supermarket in Akiu closely tied to the local community. Ohagi sweet rice balls and ready-to-eat side dishes alone make up half of the store's annual sales. The ready-to-eat corner is filled with the store's renowned Akiu ohagi and around 5,000 of these popular, tasty treats are sold on a given weekday. The store also boasts a record of 25,000 ohagi sold in a single day. The store sells standard anko sweet bean, kinako toasted soybean flour, and sesame seed ohagi in packages of varying number. In addition, from October to May, the store also sells unusual natto fermented soybean ohagi.

    Its very local, you can buy home made dishes and local fresh vegetables with quite reasonable price. Please try Ohagi, if you like :)

  • Shiogama-jinja Shrine
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    4.5
    198 Reviews
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    Miyagi Pref. Shiogamashi Ichimoriyama 1-1
    Shiogama-jinja Shrine is known for its shiogama cherry tree that has been designated as a Natural Monument of Japan. The main enshrined deities are Shiotsuchinooji, Takemikazuchi-no-kami and Futsunushi-no-kami, but the details before the Edo period are not very clear. Construction of the current shaden (main building) was completed in 1704, and 14 buildings including the honden (main shrine) and haiden (hall of worship) and the stone torii gate have been designated as National Important Cultural Properties. The deities are believed to answer a variety of prayers including those for safety at sea, success in catching fish, protection and easy delivery during childbirth, traffic safety, and for protection against misfortune. The deities are revered by the locals, and regardless of the type of prayer they will make their way to this shrine.

    Beautiful complex of shrines designated as Important Cultural Properties dating back to the 9th century. Located at the top of the hill overlooking the city with great views and a lovely garden pond...

  • MITSUI OUTLET PARK SENDAI PORT
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    3.5
    117 Reviews
    Shopping
    Miyagi Pref. Sendaishi Miyagino-ku Nakano 3-7-2
    The Mitsui Outlet Park Sendai Port features a diverse array of shops, foods, and restaurants, and is famous for having Tohoku’s biggest Ferris wheel— “Port Flower”. The Ferris wheel underwent renewal in summer of 2017, and now features colorful LED lights which turn on at dusk. It’s a great spot to enjoy with family, friends, or that special someone.

    Its a good place for shopping .Only problem no currency exchange there. International cards also dont work in most of the shops. So be sure to take Japanese Yen if you visit this place

  • Shiroishi Castle
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    4.0
    154 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Miyagi Pref. Shiroishishi Masuokachou 1-16
    Shiroishi Castle is a flatland-style Japanese castle in the city of Shiroishi, just a 10-minute walk from Shiroishi Station. The castle was used by the Date clan of the Sendai Domain but then the Katakura clan were hereditary retainers of the castle for 260 years from after the battle of Sekigahara until the Meiji period. At the start of the Meiji period the castle was demolished by Ordinance for the Disposal of Castles but in remembrance of the achievements of Date Masamune’s senior retainer Katakura Kagetsuna, the three-story keep and two gates were faithfully restored in 1995. Shiroishi Castle has around 400 cherry trees (in Masuoka Park). It is a famous cherry blossom spot that attracts a lot of tourists around mid-April.

    We went there to see the festival which is held every first Saturday of October. There were many different acts playing, singing or showing skills with samurai swords. When we arrived we had the...

  • Sendai Mediatheque
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    197 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Miyagi Sendai-shi Aoba-ku Kasugamachi 2-1
    A six-minute walk from the Park 2 Exit of Kotodai-Koen Station on the Sendai Subway Namboku Line. This public multipurpose complex situated on Jozenji-dori Avenue serves as a center for arts and visual culture activities and also supports media-related activities. On the first floor, there's an event space with a large video screen, a cafe, and a shop. Other facilities include an audio-visual library, the Sendai City Library, and a gallery. The building itself, outfitted with large floor-to-ceiling windows and lighting tubes running throughout, has received high praise for its architecture.

    Really enjoyed this building and the architecture! I think I was here for about 3 hours taking picture after picture! I mean, to be honest, the only reason I went to Sendai was to visit Mediatheque!!

  • Shiogama Seafood Wholesale Market
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    4.5
    101 Reviews
    Shopping
    Miyagi Pref. Shiogamashi Shinhamachou 1-20-74
    The market of Shiogama Port boasts one of the largest volumes of fresh tuna nationally, and offers an abundance of fresh seafood and produce. There are also five areas in the hall to eat and visitors can buy their favorite seafood and create their own original Kaisendon (seafood and rice bowl), or have the seafood purchased cooked at BBQs available to be used freely. It is approximately 15 minutes by car from Rifunaka Interchange on the Sanriku Expressway.

    Brand new wholesale fish.market rebuilt after last tsunami that wiped out the town, the restaurant serving mainly packaged seafood & dining room for staff offers simple menu at unbelievable price...

  • Jyogi Tofu Shop
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    4.5
    99 Reviews
    Shopping
    Miyagi Pref. Sendaishi Aoba-ku Okura Lower 1-2
    The Jyogi Tofu Shop—founded in 1890—uses soy beans and natural bittern when hand-making tofu with the traditional production techniques for each product, including firm tofu, silky tofu, and three-cornered fried tofu. The three-cornered fried tofu is particularly popular—you can watch them fry it up for you.

    明治23年創業、100年を越える豆腐の老舗[定義とうふ]に訪問しました。定義如来様への精進料理の豆腐製造から始まるお店です。 仙台駅から路線バスで1時間半。中心地から遠く離れた山中にある[西方寺]の門前に店を構えます。 本日注文したのは、 ●生豆にゅう100円 ●三角油揚げ130円 ●ホロ豆腐130円 週末は豆腐田楽もあるとのこと。 名物の《三角油揚げ》は三角定規の形をした特大サイズ。厚...

  • Michinoku Lakewood National Government Park
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    4.5
    101 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Miyagi Prefecture Shibata-gun, Kawasaki-machi
    Located near Lake Kamafusa, this is Tohoku’s most extensive public park administered by the national government. It is becoming a popular sightseeing spot since it is close to sightseeing areas such as Akiu Onsen. Visitors can experience Tohoku’s nature and culture, and it is worth seeing the flowers that bloom across the four seasons. Tulips in the spring, and the fields of cosmos flowers that bloom from summer to autumn fill the park with color.

    I visited this park at the end of April when the flowers were at their full bloom. the view is really exceptional and amazing, I think this park deserves to be considered as one of the marvels of...

  • Rinno-ji Temple
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    4.5
    78 Reviews
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    Miyagi Pref. Sendaishi Aoba-ku Kitayama 1-14-1
    Rinnoji Temple is located about 15 minutes by taxi from Sendai Station. It was first founded in Fukushima in 1441, but when the Date clan moved from the castle there to other places, it was reestablished in each location, but it was finally moved to its current site in Sendai in 1602. Its Zen garden, known as one of the many famous gardens in the Tohoku region, attracts many visitors from in and outside the city of Sendai, giving them an opportunity to appreciate seasonal blooms, such as cherry blossoms and hydrangeas. Its statue of Seated ShakaNyorai (an incarnation of the Buddha), Sendai City's Tangible Cultural Property, is exhibited on the 1st and 15th of every month. Every Saturday, the temple sponsors Zen meditation sessions that are open to the public.

    To get to the temple, get off at Kitayama station (a short ride from Sendai). Walk up the slope, keep to the left and follow the road for another 10 to 15 minutes. Its a downhill walk. Youll...

  • Johgi Nyorai (Saihoji Temple)
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    4.0
    66 Reviews
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    Miyagi Pref. Sendaishi Aoba-ku Okura Up / down 1
    Ths temple is known for the hauntingly beautiful “Candle Festival” that takes place on August 15. It is said to have been founded by Taira no Sadayoshi, who protected a statue of Amitabha bequeathed to him by Taira no Shigemori and escaped the purge of the Minamoto Clan. In 1706, Hayasaka Genbei, a subordinate’s descendant, became a monk by the name of Kanrensha Ryonen and established the temple. It’s about a 45-minute drive from the Sendai-Miyagi Interchange on the Tohoku Expressway.

    I visited this temple and found it serene and beautiful. The Johgi Nyorai Saihoji Temple (its full name) is a Buddhist temple located in Sendai. There are a number of structures and buildings...

  • Sendai Anpanman Children's Museum & Mall
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    Miyagi Pref. Sendaishi Miyagino-ku Odawarayamamotochou 101-14
    Sendai Anpanman Children’s Museum & Mall is an interactive participatory facility where visitors can have fun seeing, touching, and experiencing. Visitors can have fun meeting and interacting with friends from Anpanman, and there are also goods and food shops, a restaurant salon. The facility has a sense of security for parents with its place for strollers, coin lockers, and a spacious baby room. It is approximately 15 minutes by car from Sendai-Miyagi Interchange on the Tohoku Expressway.
  • Sendai Tourist Information Center
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    4.0
    76 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Miyagi Pref. Sendaishi Aoba-ku Chuou 1-1-1 JR Sendai Station 2F inside the Plaza
    A tourist information center located in Sendai Station in Sendai City. The center was originally located at the entrance to the station but was moved to a newer, updated facility in the station's View Plaza area. The center provides sightseeing and lodging information on the Sendai area and Miyagi Prefecture. The center's walls and shelves are stuffed with pamphlets providing information on area events. The center always has English-speaking staff on hand ready to help international tourists. The center is also frequently used as a starting point for tie-up events with works of fiction taking place in the area such as the popular anime series Wake Up, Girls! and JoJo's Bizarre Adventure.

    Staffs are very nice and helpful. They can communicate in English very well. They give me the completed information in Sendai and the other area around Sendai especially the updated local bus...

  • Michinoku Date Masamune Historical Museum
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    4.0
    70 Reviews
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    Miyagi Pref. Miyagigunmatsushimamachi Matsushima Fugendou 13-13
    A history museum dedicated to the samurai Date Masamune. The museum's entrance, modeled after the Date clan crest, draws the eye. One of the museum's biggest draws is its lifelike wax models depicting epic moments from Date Masamune's life. Amazingly, Masamune's face as it appears in the museum's exhibits was reconstructed based on the remains of the samurai exhumed during work to rebuild the Date clan mausoleum. Visitors can also try on samurai armor and take a commemorative photo. In the museum cafe, you can enjoy sweets made with zunda mashed boiled green soybeans or a Masamune Parfait topped with a crescent moon-shaped cookie.

    If you are a Date Masamune fan then you must visit I loved Sengoku Basara and this is the place to visit to learn his life plus aftermath There are also statues that are important to people of...

  • Hotel Hana no Yu Onsen Pool
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    3.5
    95 Reviews
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    Miyagi Sendai-shi Taihaku-ku Akiumachi Yumoto Nozoki 33-1
    This outdoor pool facility is located inside Hotel Hana no Yu, in Nozoki, Akiumachi Yumoto, Taihaku Ward, Sendai City. The facility is open from mid-July to late August. It is an open-air outdoor hot spring pool with a water slide, and guests of the hotel can use the facilities for free, including day-use of the hot spring.

    The Japanese style room is too small. The receptionists hardly speak English. We paid over $60 for the taxi and the driver could not find the hotel. We realized they have free shuttles next day. Too...

  • Yuriage Port Morning Market
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    4.0
    53 Reviews
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    Miyagi Pref. Natorishi Yuriage 5-23-20
    This morning market is a 30-year-old market held only on Sundays and public holidays in Yuriage in Natori city, which has been a fishing port since the Edo period. With their motto “great goods for cheap”, there are a variety of stores including 50 permanent stores that sell local fresh seafood fished from the nearby ocean, local vegetables, and pre-made side dishes. A connecting hearth area allows you to cook and eat your purchases onsite.

    Nothing spectacular but its a decent little market with fresh fish and vegetables. New post tsunami pavilion (thank you Canadian government!) offers some small goods including tinned whale meat.

  • Abe Kamaboko-ten Main Store
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    76 Reviews
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    Miyagi Pref. Sendaishi Aoba-ku Chuou 2-3-18
    The main store of Abe Kamaboko-ten is said to be where the name of the Sendai specialty, Sasa (bamboo) kamaboko, originated from. As well as selling all kinds of kamaboko (fish cake) including the bamboo kamaboko (fish cakes in the shape of bamboo leaves), visitors can also have a go at grilling their own bamboo kamaboko in the shop and of course taste it too.

    Looks like a gourd and cost 200 yen. However it is just alright. Pretty ordinary as the coat of battery is thick but then it is well fried. Buy to share. Have a try if you happen to walk past.

  • Kanahebisui-jinja Shrine (Golden Snake Shrine)
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    39 Reviews
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    Miyagi Pref. Iwanumashi Miroyoshi Suijin 7
    This shrine, located about 10 minutes by car from Iwanuma Station that worships the god of golden snakes. It has been introduced by the media as a power spot for good fortune, and has gathered faith since long ago as a god of business prosperity, good fortune with money, warding off evil and bringing luck, as well as maritime safety. In the precincts there is a historic peony garden with 1,500 bushes planted, in the season of colorful wisteria and azalea in the middle of May, the “Flower Festival” is held and the shrine is crowded with many visitors. Also, there is a soba kitchen using shrine underwater spring water to make freshly made soba noodles that visitors can enjoy in the rest area.

    コロナの影響で花まつりは中止になりましたが御朱印帳は郵送のみで購入する事が出来ました。 去年は白の御朱印帳でしたが今年は白と黒から選べるとホームページで見て郵送のみとの事だったので詳細を電話で確認。届きましたがとても綺麗。 休憩所の売店。美味しい蜂蜜、一目惚れした神社コラボの見た目も綺麗で使いやすい包丁、可愛いソフトクリーム。 お参り、休憩所、御朱印帳、御朱印も色も絵もとても素敵でオススメです...

  • Takekoma-jinja Shrine
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    45 Reviews
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    Miyagi Pref. Iwanumashi Inarichou 1-1
    Inari Shrine in the center of Iwanuma City, is located about an 11 minute walk from Iwanuma Station. It is regarded as one of Japan’s three main Inari shrines, and is also known as “Takekoma Inari”. The shrine was established in 842, when Ono no Takamura was sent as the new lord of Mutsu who also wrote for the ogura hyakunin-isshu poems. It is a popular shrine with the first or second most visitors worshipping the god of food, clothing and shelter for the first prayer of the year every year. In addition, the “Hatsu Uma Festival” is held for seven days from the first Uma (horse) day (the seventh day of the twelve horary signs) of February (lunar calendar). The festival represents the first sign of spring and the shrine bustles with many visitors from both within and outside the prefecture.

    We were in Iwanuma to celebrate our sons wedding at this shrine. Few words can describe the overall experience of celebrating a traditional Japanese wedding at one of the most stunning shrines in...

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Lying along the northeastern coast of Japan, Miyagi prefecture is home to lashings of natural parks, oysters, and hot springs. While the bustling city of Sendai offers some simple city entertainment, it’s the Matsushima islands that deserve the most attention, having boosted the prefecture’s reputation as one of Japan’s most scenic views.

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