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Culture / Tour 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 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...

  • 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.
  • 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

  • Sendai Astronomical Observatory
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    4.5
    35 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...

  • 3M Sendai City Science Museum
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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.
  • Sendai City Wild Plants Garden
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    4.5
    8 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.

    仙台はハギの名所との事で、萩まつりに行ってみました。 (9月半ば-9月下旬あたりまで) とても広い園内ですが、萩のトンネルなどがあり萩を十分楽しむ事ができました。 ただ、最初のころに行ったのでまだまだ暑く、汗だくになりながらの散策でした。 涼むところも無いので、暑さが苦手な方は萩まつり期間の終わりの方に行くことをおすすめします。 萩まつりでは、野点などが行われており風流な感じでした。 野草園に入...

  • Tohoku History Museum
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    4.0
    44 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 Tohoku's history.

  • 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.
  • Shiogama Sugimura Jun Museum of Art / Shiogama City Community Center Moto-machi Annex
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    Miyagi Pref. Shiogamashi Motomachi 8-1
    An art museum located a 10 minute walk from Hon-Shiogama Station on the JR Senseki Line in Shiogama City which displays artwork by Shiogama painter Jun Sugimura. The Shiogama City Community Center, built in 1950, was remodeled and turned into this art museum, and the facility functions not only as an art gallery but also as a community center which local residents are free to make use of. In addition to a standing exhibition, the museum holds special exhibits of the artist's works based on various themes as well as photo exhibits featuring Shiogama scenery.
  • Sendai Nogyo Engei Center Midori no Mori
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    4.0
    3 Reviews
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    Miyagi Pref. Sendaishi Wakabayashi-ku Arai Kirishinden 13-1
    A multipurpose center which aims to promote agriculture by making it easy for people to come in contact with it. The center sells seedlings and potted plants and also has facilities such as a plaza for holding events and a self-service restaurant. The center also has a farm cultivated by city residents and offers cooking classes. The facility has a rose and plum garden and holds rose and plum blossom festivals when the plants are in bloom. During the festivals, a variety of street stalls open for business and staff give tours of the gardens at specified times.

    季節によりいろんな花が咲く場所です。冬はイルミネーションなどがあるようですが暖かい季節がいいかと思います。入場は無料です。芝生もあり子ども連れ、他にも犬と一緒に行くのもよさそうです。

  • Onagawa Nuclear Power Public Relations Center
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    Miyagi Pref. Oshikagunonagawachou Tsukahama Maeda 123
    This facility is approximately 25 minutes by car from Onagawa Town. It is located near the Onagawa Nuclear Power Plant and introduces the process of nuclear power generation through models and images in an easily accessible way. It also presents a detailed exhibition about nuclear power and its perception in society through panel displays and video based on the aftermath of the accident at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant due to the Great East Japan Earthquake. Their Sweet Garden on the premises has 70 varieties of roses, and they hold a rose garden fair from early summer to fall. This facility lets visitors see, feel, and learn while enjoying themselves.
  • Rias Ark Museum of Art
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    4.5
    24 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 exhibition's Japanese captions) about the 2011 Great Eastern Japan earthquake and tsunami. The standing...

  • Sant Juan Bautista Museum
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    Miyagi Pref. Ishinomakishi Watanoha Omori 30-2
    This museum is located about five minutes by car from JR Watanoha Station. The San Juan Bautista was a galleon ship that went back and forth across the Pacific Ocean in the 1600s. A replica of it is moored here, and visitors learn about the achievements of the Keicho Envoy and sailing culture during the Age of Discovery. The design of the adjacent San Juan Park is based on an Italian plaza the Keicho Envoy's Hasekura Tsunenaga might have seen, and it hosts outdoor events. *Due to restoration work, the ship is currently closed to tours.
  • 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.
  • Tenpyou Romankan Museum
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    4.0
    5 Reviews
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    Miyagi Pref. Todagunwakuyachou Wakuya Koganeyama 1-3
    This complex is on the Sanuma Highway in Koganeyama, Wakuya Town, Toda County. It features exhibits on Japan's first gold mining area and goldsmithing techniques, some that were even used for the Great Buddha of Nara at Todaiji Temple. There is also a display on the adjacent Koganeyama Gold Mining Site, a National Historic Site. Their shop sells manju buns with gold leaf, gold leaf crafts, regional food like soft oboro dofu bean curd, and more. There is also a restaurant serving local cuisine and a facility offering gold panning workshops.

    いつも混んでいる。何回も一日に手にスタンプを押せば入れる。二階がお風呂になっている。お風呂は広くいい感じ。寝湯と打たせ湯もちゃんとある。休憩所が年配者がたくさんいた。残念なのは、売店が高い。ソフトクリームも粒子が荒くいまいち。食べ物が持ち込み禁止だけど、食べ物高い。ソフトクリームにはなんだかがっかりした。おにぎりやのりまきも完売していたし。なかに食堂はありました。

  • Matsuyama Sake Museum / Jizake-ya-Hana-no-Kura
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    4.5
    3 Reviews
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    Miyagi Pref. Osakishi Matsuyamasengoku Matsuyama 242-1
    This is the Ichinokura Sake Brewery's showroom. It's on Prefectural Route 242 in Matsuyama, Matsuyama Sengoku, Osaki City. It has exhibits featuring antique sake brewing equipment, and materials related to sake's history and brewing process. There are also a picture gallery and an event space, and they hold a variety of planned exhibitions including one featuring the work of the local swordsmith Hokke Saburo in spring and fall. Adjacent is the Jizake-ya-Hana-no-Kura with an eatery and a gift shop selling local specialty items and Ichinokura sake.

    物販・飲食の施設です。一ノ蔵のお酒はもちろん(すず音も)そろっていますが他にも地元のものを購入できます。レストラン(食事処)では食事のほかスイーツもいただけるようです(当日訪問の時間はすでにクローズ)。

  • Kakuda City Space Tower Cosmo House
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    3.5
    7 Reviews
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    Miyagi Pref. Kakudashi Kakuda Gyukan 100
    A 15 minute walk from Abukuma Express Kakuda Station. This facility was built to serve as a symbol of Kakuda City, the location of the JAXA Kakuda Space Center. From the Space Tower observation deck, visitors can see the city and all the way to Zao Mountain Range. The Cosmo House has space-themed exhibits such as a full-sized model of a satellite, a real rocket engine, videos, and more. There's also an actual-sized, 49 meter tall model of the H-II, Japan's first entirely domestically produced rocket. The facility's shop sells space-themed merchandise.

    角田駅から徒歩15分。入館料は320円。 敷地内にはH-Ⅱロケットの実物大模型が聳え立っている。館内にはロケットエンジンの実物なども展示されているが、内容的には子供向けである。大人だけの場合は、外からロケットの模型を見学するだけで充分かもしれない。

  • Sendai Mediatheque
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    4.0
    178 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.

    As is so often the case, an event was taking place when I went. This was an anti drugs and anti smoking event. Very few visitors and, as I've found before, exhibitors (often attractive, mature...

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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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