Leisure / Hobbies Spots in Miyagi Area

  • Sendai Umino-Mori Aquarium
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    4.0
    253 Reviews
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    Miyagi Pref. Sendaishi Miyagino-ku Nakano 4-6
    Located in Takasago Chuo Park one kilometer from Sendai Port, Sendai Umino-Mori Aquarium has 100 aquarium exhibits. The aquarium’s centerpiece is a giant aquarium recreating the sea of Sanriku, and the aquarium raises some 25 thousand creatures spanning 50 species. The Umino-Mori Stadium on the second floor is one of the largest such facilities in Tohoku and seats around 1,000 people. One of the unique features about this stadium is its lack of an acrylic divider between the audience and the performers. During a show, visitors can view vibrant dolphin and sea lion performances up close.

    Some of the tanks, I feel like, may be a nit too small. The sea turtle aquarium was cramped I didn’t take a photo because I felt bad for them. The rest of the tanks were nice! I got to see a lot of...

  • Sendai Mediatheque
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    4.0
    198 Reviews
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    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!!

  • Michinoku Lakewood National Government Park
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    4.5
    101 Reviews
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    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...

  • Sendai Anpanman Children's Museum & Mall
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    4.0
    89 Reviews
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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.

    Went to this musuem with the young ones, Anpanman is not very popular in the United States so my kids were not able to relate to Anpanman very much but still was interesting.

  • Hotel Hana no Yu Onsen Pool
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    3.5
    98 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...

  • Tohoku History Museum
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    4.0
    52 Reviews
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    Miyagi Pref. Tagajoushi Takasaki 1-22-1
    Located directly in front of JR Kokufu-Tagajo Station, the Tohoku History Museum aims to help people rediscover what the Tohoku region was like in times gone by, and to spread awareness of the region throughout the world. There are nine galleries that provide an overview of the history of the Tohoku region from the Paleolithic era through to modern times. There are also three in-depth thematic exhibitions that examine distinctive aspects of the region’s culture. The Children’s History Museum has an activity table area where children can handle real earthenware vessels and try on traditional clothing. Tohoku History Museum is an experience-oriented museum where visitors can learn about the Tohoku region’s history through hands-on activities.

    I loved this museum. Ask for an audio guide in English to get the most out of your visit as its free and very informative in understanding Tohokus history.

  • Sendai Astronomical Observatory
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    4.5
    40 Reviews
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    Miyagi Pref. Sendaishi Aoba-ku Nishikigaoka 9-29-32
    10 minutes by car from the Sendai-Miyagi Interchange, this Sendai City municipal observatory is located in Nishikigaoka, Aoba Ward. It was relocated and rebuilt in the suburbs of Sendai City in 2008. It features a planetarium, 1.3 meter-diameter Hitomi telescope, and exhibits that let you observe the universe through models and videos. You can experience planetarium programs like “Kids Time” with notable children’s characters, enjoy excellent Saturday night entertainment in “Night Planetarium”, and participate in events like star-gazing or workshops.

    The presentation that let you stand in the real one of the biggest telescope of Japan (they claimed) during real working, ceiling opening, telescope opening there big lens, and to let you see through...

  • Sendai City Tomizawa Site Museum
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    4.0
    53 Reviews
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    Miyagi Sendai-shi Taihaku-ku Nagamachiminami 4-3-1
    A museum where you can experience the Paleolithic located a five minute walk from the subway Nagamachi-Minami Station. The museum conserves and displays the actual Tomizawa Site, an archeological site and one of only a few in the world dating back 20 thousand years to the Paleolithic. The museum also has exciting exhibits which recreate what life looked like for human beings at that time. In the basement gallery, visitors can view the remains for a bonfire and forest from 20 thousand years ago. In the outdoor ice age forest exhibit, visitors can view seasonal flowers and insects in a recreated ice age forest.

    The Museum houses the remains of a 20,000 year old forest that once grew in Sendai area. You can see evidence of human and animal movement in the area, including the remains of a firepit. The main...

  • Sendai Yagiyama Benyland
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    3.5
    34 Reviews
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    Miyagi Pref. Sendaishi Taihaku-ku Nagamachi Koeji 19-1
    This is an amusement park in Taihaku Ward, Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture with great access being about a five minute walk from Yagiyama Zoological Park Station. It is an amusement spot representative of Sendai, the City of Trees. The park has 30 rides from the thrilling to family orientated and more than 20 of them can be enjoyed by children over the age of three making it a great spot with children. In addition, there are various events such as character shows and cosplay costume parties held at the park which are gaining popularity. Also, at the renewed shop, limited items etc. are available for purchase.

    Good old Benyland! I am a roller coaster enthusiast and it’s safe to say benyland is the definition of a Jet coaster Park:)

  • 3M Sendai City Science Museum
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    4.5
    38 Reviews
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    Miyagi Pref. Sendaishi Aoba-ku Dainoharashinrinkouen 4-1
    3M Sendai City Science Museum, which is located in the northeast corner of Dainohara Forest Park, is a municipal science museum that developed out of a science education facility originally founded in 1952. The Museum has interactive displays relating to the sciences, natural history, and everyday life. By enabling visitors to “see, touch and try” the latest technologies (and natural history specimens), the Museum aims to foster an interest in science. 3M Sendai City Science Museum also has science shows and experimental “laboratories”; a real effort has been made to ensure that a visit to this Museum is fun and enjoyable for both children and their parents.

    A nice museum for demonstrating scientific concepts to children. Very fun. We stayed an hour and a half but you could eaily spend much longer. Some of the displays and exhibits have aged badly but...

  • Marine Gate Shiogama
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    3.5
    40 Reviews
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    Miyagi Pref. Shiogamashi Minatomachi 1-4-1
    A boat passenger terminal located in Shiogama City, Miyagi Prefecture. Two lines dock and depart from here-city-operated boat which travels to and from Shiogama and the islands of Urato, and a private pleasure cruise and sightseeing boat which plies Matsushima Bay. The Matsushima Bay pleasure cruise travels a variety of routes which users can select based on journey time and desired budget. The terminal building is host to a variety of shops including a shop selling Shiogama specialty products, a souvenir store, beef tongue shop, kamaboko steamed fish paste shop, and a seafood shop. You can also find several restaurants here. With a cafe, Chinese food, soba noodles, sushi, seafood, and more, there's plenty to choose from.

    A poor selection of somewhat desperate souvenir stalls, a few restaurants of varying quality and a good view of the harbour and town from the top deck. If you have a long wait for your cruise to...

  • Rakuten Seimei Park Miyagi
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    Miyagi Pref. Sendaishi Miyagino-ku Miyagino 2-11-6
    This stadium that opened in 1950 is now home to the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles. Having adopted a system of naming rights, it has changed names several times over the years. Free stadium visit events are held for one to two days in a month during which visitors can tour the stadium free of charge. Behind the left side of Kobo Park Miyagi is a park called Smile Glico Park with a Ferris Wheel and merry-go-round. The stadium is a five-minute walk from JR Miyagi Nohara Station, and there is also a convenient shuttle bus from Sendai Station that only takes eight minutes.
  • Sant Juan Bautista Museum
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    4.0
    28 Reviews
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    Miyagi Pref. Ishinomakishi Watanoha Omori 30-2
    "The museum is located about five minutes by car from JR Watanoha Station. Visitors can learn about the achievements of the Keicho Diplomatic Mission to Europe and the culture of sailing ships during the Age of Discovery by viewing a large screen showing the interior of the restored ship, the San Juan Bautista, a galleon that sailed the Pacific Ocean and back in the 1600s, and an aerial view of the ship. The adjacent ""Ishinomaki City San Juan Bautista Park"" was built in the image of the Italian square seen by HasekuraTsunenaga and others of the Keicho Diplomatic Mission, and outdoor events are also held there. Visit the San Juan Museum website for the latest status of the display of the restored ship."

    Ive visited this site several times since 2014. However, its been over two years since my last visit. Now you cannot go to the dock around the ship. You cannot board the ship. I talked to the women...

  • Sendai Forus
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    3.5
    16 Reviews
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    Miyagi Pref. Sendaishi Aoba-ku Ichibanchou 3-11-15
    This is a shopping center in Ichibancho, Aoba Ward, Sendai City, a 15 minute walk from Sendai Station. It has easy access and is visited by many shoppers. The stylish eight story building with three underground floors houses many Sendai apparel-type shops and shops popular with young people. There are many fashionable restaurants and cafés, and the “Shiawase no Pancake” (Happy Pancake) shop, popular in Omotesando for light and fluffy pancakes, has opened its first restaurant in the Tohoku region here. “Sicilian rock salt caramel pancake” is an original dish only available at the Sendai store.

    広瀬通沿いにあるファッションビルです。全体には若者向けな感じはありますが、マリメッコのような外資系ブランドの雑貨なんかもありました。飲食店は感じですし、あまり観光客がわざわざ来て買うようなものは少ないかな。

  • Sendai Kaleidoscopes Art Museum
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    4.0
    21 Reviews
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    Miyagi Sendai-shi Taihaku-ku Moniwa Matsuba 1-2
    "A 15-minute drive from the Sendai-minami interchange and a 20-minute drive from the Sendai-Miyagi interchange. This art museum is also located right next to the ""Matsuba"" bus stop. As its name states, this museum displays kaleidoscopes and also holds kaleidoscope making classes. The museum displays a wide array of kaleidoscopes, from huge kaleidoscopes to antique examples to kaleidoscopes made by modern artists. Some of the museum's kaleidoscopes can also be used to take pictures. The museum's short kaleidoscope making classes are fun, easy, and take just 10 to 30 minutes. The museum shop sells inexpensively priced kaleidoscopes to true kaleidoscope masterpieces."

    This is worth the trip from Sendai! We were impressed with the creativity and diversity of kaleidoscopes. Really an international collection! Great for adults with it without children!

  • Rias Ark Museum of Art
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    4.5
    28 Reviews
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    Miyagi Pref. Kesennumashi Akaiwamakisawa 138-5
    This museum is in Kesennuma City, Miyagi Prefecture is a lifelong learning facility dedicated to creating a unique, regional culture through the development of permanent and planned projects. On the first floor they exhibit materials related to their own research conducted over a two-year period after the Great East Japan Earthquake. Visitors can observe about 500 items, including 203 photographs taken of the disaster site since March 11, 2011, 155 disaster related items, and 137 historical documents. The second floor features a permanent exhibition of history and folk culture, as well as a set of illustrated panels called the Ark Diary depicting the lives of local people and how they're supported by a rich food environment.

    Rias has an excellent exhibition (with an English guide book to translate all of the exhibitions Japanese captions) about the 2011 Great Eastern Japan earthquake and tsunami. The standing...

  • Izumi Park Town Tapio
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    4.0
    10 Reviews
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    Miyagi Pref. Sendaishi Izumi-ku Teraoka 6-5-1
    This is a lifestyle-proposal type commercial facility located a three minute walk from Teraoka 1 Chome Kita, Izumi Park Town bus stop. It is located in a jointly developed, new town district called “Izumi Park Town” and was opened in 2008. Visitors can also enjoy shopping in the Izumi Premium Outlet which is next to the facility. On the spacious floors, there are a variety of shops such as fashion, restaurants, food, and household goods. Also it is equipped with a free large parking lot for visitors to enjoy a relaxing shopping experience the whole day.

    連休中東京からの知り合いを案内。行くのは平日専門でしたが、やはり休日は人がすごい。ある意味、安心しました。平日午前中は閑散としていて、少し心配でした。知り合いを牛タンの「善次郎」に案内、「上選極厚真中タン」を注文。やはり真中タンは旨い。その後は広くなり席数が増えて、便利になったスタバで一休み。イオンモールから引っ越してきた、馴染みのファッション店舗あり、仙台市の中では店舗も多く、駐車場も無料のタピ...

  • Sendai Tram Museum
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    3.5
    16 Reviews
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    Miyagi Sendai-shi Taihaku-ku Tomizawa Nakagawara 2-1 Chikatetsu
    This exhibit facility is located inside the Tomizawa Subway Yard in Nakagawara, Tomizawa, Taihaku Ward, Sendai City. It features exhibits about the municipal trams that transported the people of Sendai for 50 years until 1976. Visitors can even enjoy taking pictures while wearing a subway conductor’s uniform.

    病院の帰りに仙台市電保存館に寄ってきました。地下鉄の車両基地内にあるため、入口が分かりづらく、なかなか辿りつけませんでした。事前リサーチをしておくことが必要だと思います。

  • Sendai City Wild Plants Garden
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    4.5
    12 Reviews
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    Miyagi Pref. Sendaishi Taihaku-ku Mogasaki 2-1-1
    Sendai Wild Plants Garden, which extends over the western slopes of Mt. Dainenji, is a botanical garden that is mainly focused on the wild plants of Japan’s Tohoku Region. Visitors can view characteristic local plants such as iris and acorn-bearing oak trees, as well as beautiful seasonal flowers. The Garden also has extensive grass lawns, and is a popular place for relaxing under the shade of the Japanese zelkova trees. A variety of special events are held in the Garden, including photography exhibitions and nature observation activities, etc. The autumn Bush Clover Festival attracts particularly large numbers of tourists, with concerts, moon-viewing parties, etc.

    その時期の見ごろのお花をパネル展示してあったり丁寧な仕事をされている植物園です。豆子蜂(人を刺したりしないとても小さな蜂)の家の展示があったり楽しめる場所です。

  • Hosokura Mine Park
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    3.5
    11 Reviews
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    Miyagi Pref. Kuriharashi Uguisuzawa Nangouyanagisawa 2-3
    Located around 25 minutes’ drive from Tsukidate Interchange, Hosokura Mine Park is a theme park built on the site of the former Hosokura Mine, which closed in 1987. The facilities at the Park faithfully recreate the way the mine appeared when it was still operational; visitors can walk along the mine shafts, and can learn about how mining was carried out. There is also a Hosokawa Mine Museum which displays items discovered in the Mine, has extensive information about the Mine’s history, and has examples of important types of mineral ores and models showing the Mine’s operations, etc. There is also a gold-panning experience zone where visitors can try their hand at panning for gold dust; visitors can take the gold dust that they collect home with them.

    栗駒山から鳴子峡に向かう途中に、旧鉱山があるとわかり、急遽立ち寄りました。ゴーストタウンの雰囲気で、見学者も我ら2人だけ「?」との気分でした。 ただ坑道や地域の説明により、このような産業(労働者)が日本を影で押し上げた事が良くわかり、貴重な文化遺産です。

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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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