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Leisure / Outdoors Spots in Miyagi Area

  • Sendai Umino-Mori Aquarium
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    4.0
    207 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.

    Aquarium provide free shuttle from Nakanosakae station to aquarium, but I have no idea what's the time schedule. Aquarium is not huge, but so many interesting sealifes, shows, and feeding activities...

  • 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.
  • The Miyagi Museum of Art
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    Miyagi Pref. Sendaishi Aoba-ku Kawauchimotohasekura 34-1
    An art museum located in Kawauchi-Motohasekura, Aoba Ward, Sendai City. Opened in 1981, the museum was expanded in 1990 with the Churyo Sato Gallery thanks to pieces of works and collections donated by Churyo Sato, a sculptor from Miyagi Prefecture. The museum houses pieces of art which have a connection with Miyagi Prefecture and the Tohoku region of Japan, as well as contemporary art from the Meiji period and a collection of Western art with a focus on modern German art.
  • Fujisaki Department Store
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    Miyagi Pref. Sendaishi Aoba-ku Ichibanchou 3-2-17
    Fujisaki Department Store is one of the oldest department stores in Miyagi Prefecture. It can trace its origins back to a business dealing in cotton and hemp cloth that was founded in 1819; over time, it grew into a major department store. Fujisaki Department Store is proud of its roots in the local community; most locals will be familiar with Fujisaki Department Store commercial jingle “I like this town!” which is played over the loudspeaker system in the Store. Families with children are the main target market for the Store, and there is a special “Babies and Kids Club” in which children up to the age of 12 can accumulate points to be redeemed for special gifts and services.
  • Yakurai Garden
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    Miyagi Pref. Kamigunkamimachi Ajinomoto and Japanese original 1-9
    Yakurai Garden is a large garden covering an area of around 150,000 square meters, located at the foot of Mt. Yakurai. There are eight themed gardens, including a cherry tree garden, rose garden and herb garden, with over 400 different plant species. At the garden shop, visitors can purchase a wide range of products, including English rose cuttings and scented gift items, etc. There is also an activity center where visitors can take flower arranging classes, etc., and there are also flower decorated cake making activities for elementary school students. Yakurai Garden is place that is sure to leave visitors with great memories.
  • Sendai City Museum
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    4.0
    133 Reviews
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    Miyagi Pref. Sendaishi Aoba-ku Kawauchi 26 (Sendai castle Sannomaru trace)
    This museum primarily displays items related to the history and culture of the Sendai Clan, based on materials donated from the Date family. The trademark golden crescent moon crested helmet is a piece of the black lacquer five-layered body armor (an important cultural property) used by Lord Masamune Date, which is housed here along with the 8-meter-wide large painting of the ''Tempo Kuniezu Mutsu-no-Kuni Sendai-ryo.'' Also on display are many treasured archives related to the national treasures of the envoys to Europe during the Keicho Era, which are UNESCO World Heritages. Special exhibits and other scheduled exhibits are also held 3-4 times a year.

    We found Sendai a fascinating city with a very different character to the others we have visited in Japan. This museum gave many insights into the development of Sendai and the effect of the Date...

  • Hiyoriyama Park
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    Miyagi Pref. Ishinomakishi Hiyorigaoka 2-chome Chinai
    This is a park atop Hiyoriyama hill that is famous for offering a view of all of Ishinomaki. Long ago it was said to have been frequented by the haiku poet Matsuo Basho. On a clear day one can see the Oshika Peninsula and the islands of Matsushima across the water. Known as a place to see cherry blossoms, the Hiyoriyama Cherry Blossom Festival is held every year in April, and is lit up at night for spectacular scenery.
  • Michinoku Lakewood National Government Park
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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.
  • Eco Camp Michinoku
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    Miyagi Pref. Shibatagunkawasakimachi Kawauchi Mukaihara 254 In the lakeside park of the state-owned Michinoku Dori
    This campground is in the northern part of Michinoku Park on National Highway 286, approximately ten minutes by car from Miyagi Kawasaki Interchange. Their ample facilities include a spa, cottages, and campsites that need to be booked a least a day in advance. They're open from April first to November 30, and apart from certain periods, they're closed on Tuesdays. With outdoor educational and nature observation programs, they won a camping award in 2009.
  • Japan Kokeshi Museum
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    4.0
    32 Reviews
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    Miyagi Pref. Osakishi Narukonsen Shitomae 74-2
    The origin of kokeshi wooden dolls is said to have been in Naruko towards the end of the Edo period (1804–1830) when they were made as hot spring souvenirs by woodworkers who carved bowls and trays and this is said to be the oldest production area for these dolls. The museum opened in 1975. It exhibits kokeshi offered up for the National Kokeshi Festival, presents the procedure for making the dolls, demonstrates the spinning lathe and has a wholesale shop that sells the highest number of kokeshi dolls in Naruko. It is around six minutes by car from JR Naruko Onsen Station.

    I walked to the museum from Naruko Onsen station, to enjoy the surrounding area, and returned by Kokeshi Taxi. The taxi stand is at the train station, as is the visitor's center, so you can ride both...

  • Miyagi Zao Kokeshi Kan
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    4.0
    28 Reviews
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    Miyagi Pref. Kattagunzaoumachi Togattaonsen Shinchinishiurayama 36-135
    The modern building at the foot of Mt. Zao housing the Miyagi Zao Kokeshi Kan is a museum of kokeshi wooden dolls which opened in 1984. Traditional kokeshi wooden dolls and wooden toys from around Japan are displayed, and approximately 5,500 items are divided clearly by their lineage. The museum offers a place to touch as well as see by having a corner to view demonstrations as well as a shop, and visitors can enjoy painting their own doll. It is approximately 25 minutes by car from Shiroishi Interchange on the Tohoku Expressway.

    Went to buy kokeshi doll ,went to visit the hall, could do workshop Also got the history from which towns kokeshi comes and what is the differencr

  • Saigyo Modoshi no Matsu Park (Park of the Pine Tree that Sent Saigyo Home)
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    Miyagi Pref. Miyagigunmatsushimamachi Matsushima Inuta
    This park is a popular cherry blossom viewing spot, with over 260 cherry trees on the grounds, and the observatory offers a wonderful view over Matsushima Bay. Legend says that after Saigyohoshi was on his international pilgrimage, an argument he had with a young boy under a pine tree here made him give up on visiting Matsushima.
  • Bell Sunpia Miyagi Izumi
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    4.5
    3 Reviews
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    Miyagi Pref. Kurokawaguntaiwachou Ono Maezawa 31-1
    Bell Sunpia Miyagi Izumi is a facility where visitors can work up a good sweat on the equipment or enjoy playing sports such as golf, tennis, and baseball. The facility also offers restaurants, public baths and accommodation. In the restaurant “Shikine” you can enjoy dishes using the carefully chosen ingredients, and in the “Yakuseki Izumi no Yu” bath, guests can enjoy the effects of Himekawa Yakuseki (medicinal stones) on the bottom of the bath tub like a natural hot spring. It is approximately five minutes by car from Izumi Interchange on the Tohoku Expressway.

    Quite a simple hotel and also quite large. You sleep on the floor which is traditional in Japan. However it is comfortable to do this. Only one or two rooms have a private shower so that is...

  • Selcohome Zoo Paradise Yagiyama (Yagiyama Zoological Park)
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    4.0
    108 Reviews
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    Miyagi Pref. Sendaishi Taihaku-ku Yagiyamahonchou 1-43
    The park boasts being the largest zoo in the Tohoku region, and houses approximately 140 species and 550 animals such as the African elephant, lion and penguin. It is divided into zones such as the African Garden, fierce animal zone, and petting zone. Experiences of feeding the African elephants and hippopotamuses are also popular.

    Similar to most zoos in Japan, animals are not treated well coming from a Western perspective. But it is average, probably even slightly above in quality and range of animals as far as Japan...

  • Sendai Yagiyama Benyland
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    3.5
    30 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.

    Benyland is an old amusement park which people may not find very appealing; but it is a great place to bring the little kids who want to try easy rides and watch Kamen Rider live show and the like...

  • Sendai Forus
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    4.0
    11 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.

    仙台の中心市街地にあって、繁華街のど真ん中にあります。最寄り駅は仙台駅よりも広瀬通り駅の方が近いです。テナントビルでいわゆるショッピングセンターですが、その客層は完全にヤングやヤングミセスの範囲で、10代後半から30代前半ぐらいまでのレンジ幅だと思います。ミドルやシニアの方には若すぎるかなという感じです。

  • Sendai Astronomical Observatory
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    4.5
    35 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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...

  • Izumi Park Town Tapio
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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.
  • Hosokura Mine Park
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    3.5
    7 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.

    暑い日が続いているので細倉マインパークに行くことに。坑内は涼しく14℃。快適です。行った日は、平日なのにカップルが多く来ていました。砂金取りやレストランは、土日しか営業していません。リニューアルでスッキリして鉱山中心展示は勉強になります。

  • Zaimokuiwa Park
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    Miyagi Pref. Shiroishishi Obara Uwadai In the ground
    Zaimokuiwa Park is a park located downstream from Shichikashuku Dam that takes as its theme both water and the valley’s rock formations. The “Obara no Zaimokuiwa” rock formations (with a “grain” resembling that of wood), which have been designated as a National Natural Monument, are located on the opposite bank of the Shiroishi River. Every year in late April, large numbers of carp streamer can be seen swimming upstream, which makes for a very impressive spectacle. Children enjoy playing in the stone fountain in the Park. There is also a fishing pond, a farm restaurant, and a store selling local farm products. Zaimokuiwa is a great place to relax and unwind.

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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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