Travel / Tourism Spots in Miyagi Area

  • Zuihoden Mausoleum
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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.

    Not hard to walk from the city center.. beautiful temples and wooded landscapes. Small entrance fee and not a huge place, but I thought it was very nice.

  • Matsushima Shimameguri Kankosen cruises
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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...

  • Osaki Hachimangu Shrine
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    Miyagi Pref. Sendaishi Aoba-ku Hachiman 4-6-1
    This is a shrine created in 1607 by the feudal lord Masamune Date. The shaden, comprised of the honden (or inner sanctuary), ainoma (which is also called ishinoma-zukuri) passageway, and haiden (or hall of worship) was designated as a National Treasure in 1952 for being the only remaining structure of the Azuchi-Momoyama period. Worshippers deeply believe that the deity enshrined here wards off evil and calamities and invites good luck, as well as helps to gain victory or have easy childbirth. It is known for its Matsutaki Matsuri festival, the largest New Year’s event in all of Japan. New Year’s decorations and amulets are burned and the event is also called Dondo-yaki because of the intensity of the fire. The shrine is also famous for its “Hadaka Mairi” when half-naked worshippers form a procession to the shrine in the winter. Visitors can access the shrine by taking a bus that leaves from in front of Sendai Station, getting off at the Osaki Hachimangu-Mae stop and walking for five minutes.

    Im a big fan of shrines and one year I went into every shrine I saw walking around Tokyo for a month. For some reason it felt like something was missing. It might be because they were setting up for...

  • Shiroishi Castle
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    162 Reviews
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    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...

  • Rinno-ji Temple
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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.

    A bit outside central Sendai but easy to get to by taxi/car, the paid (cheap) gardens are the main attraction. The pagoda is visible throughout, and the reflection in the pond is gorgeous. Would...

  • Johgi Nyorai (Saihoji Temple)
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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...

  • A la Datena Michinoeki
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    Miyagi Pref. Osakishi Iwadeyamaiketsuki Shimomiyamichishita 4-1
    A roadside station standing along National Route 47 in Osaki City, Miyagi Prefecture. The station has a farm-fresh market carrying an abundant selection of local foods such as vegetables as well as rice, bread, and folk crafts. The station also hosts a shop owned and operated by renowned Hokkaido confectionary company Royce, and here you'll find shelves filled with an astonishing variety of chocolate sweets. The station's restaurant is a buffet serving six varieties of curry and dishes made with local ingredients. The station also has an outdoor light meal stand serving soft serve ice cream as well as spare rib barbecue, a rarity in Japan.

    This place was initially developed by the ex mayor of Iwadeyama town which is now a part of Osaki city. The place has a good collection of local fresh products. The fast food is always fresh and the...

  • Sendai Tourist Information Center
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    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...

  • Tohoku History Museum
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    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.

  • Michinoku Date Masamune Historical Museum
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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...

  • Takekoma-jinja Shrine
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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...

  • Sendai Astronomical Observatory
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    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...

  • Lake Okama
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    Zao-cho, Kariya-gun, Miyagi prefecture
    Lake Okama is a round crater lake on Goshikidake Peak in the Zao Range, and it is a famous scenic spot, considered a symbolic place in the Goshiki Zao region. It is surrounded by three peaks, Zao Karitadake Peak, Kumanodake Peak, and Goshikidake Peak, and it derives its name, which means “kettle,” due to its shape. Due to the concentration of sulfur and other chemicals in the water, the surface of the lake can take on a turquoise or emerald green color, creating a mystic landscape. This lake is unique among the world’s lakes in that it has multiple temperature layers, with the water hotter at certain depths. Due to the acidity of the water, no living organisms inhabit the lake.
  • Sendai Toshogu Shrine
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    53 Reviews
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    Miyagi Pref. Sendaishi Aoba-ku Toushougu 1-6-1
    "This Shinto shrine, located next to Toshogu Station on the JR Senzan Line, is one of many Toshogu shrines dedicated to the great shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu built across the country. Established in 1654 by Date Tadamune, the second lord of the domain, the shrine is believed to grant worshippers better luck, protection from misfortune, familial tranquility, success in academic endeavors, business prosperity, and certain victory in competitions. Out of the many Toshogu shrines across the country, only the Sendai Toshogu Shrine and the Toshogu shrine in Nikko have main shrine buildings which are adorned with decorations made of the ""seven treasures"" - gold, silver, pearl, silver, agate, lapis lazuli, crystal, and coral. The main shrine building, along with several other structures on the grounds such as the Karamon gate which is only opened during the shrine's annual festival on April 17, are designated National Important Cultural Properties."

    Quiet spot not too far from centre of town with some attractive buildings. Monthly antique/flea market.

  • Kanrantei Tea House / Matsushima Museum
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    Miyagi Pref. Miyagigunmatsushimamachi Matsushima Chounai 56
    Kanrantei is a tea house that was transferred from Toyotomi Hidetoshi’s family residence in Shinagawa, Edo, Fushimi- Momoyama Castle, as a gift to Date Masamune. The second-generation lord, Lord Tadamune moved the building to Matsushima. It was used as a facility “Okariya” for Matsushima sightseeing and entertaining lords, aristocratic women and concubines. The paintings on the fusuma (sliding doors) by Sendai clan painter Sakuma Shozan have been recognized as an Important Cultural Property of Japan.

    If you’ve come all the way to Matsushima you have to check out this place. You can order Macha and sweets and enjoy the scenery of pine covered islands, just like they did 400 plus years ago when...

  • Sendai Daikannon
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    Miyagi Pref. Sendaishi Izumi-ku Sanezawa Naka Yangnan 31-3
    This temple is about a ten-minute drive from Kunimi Station on the JR Senzan Line. It's also known popularly as Sendai Daikannon after the 100-meter-high statue with this name. Built to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Sendai municipal system and to wish for prosperity in the 21st century, its foundation reaches 21 meters underground. Daikokudo with its red torii gates is also on the grounds. It honors Aburakake Daikokuten and is known as a matchmaking spot. Every month on the 18th, Kannon Bodhisattva's festival day, they hold lectures that expound the teachings of Buddhism in an easily accessible way. Anyone interested in Buddhism can participate for free. They also hold pet memorial services.

    The statue is huge, the largest in the world when it was built but has since slipped down the rankings a bit. Its free to walk around it and there is a small entry fee when we went inside it. On the...

  • 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.

    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...

  • Site of Sendai Castle (Aoba Castle Ruins)
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    Miyagi Pref. Sendaishi Aoba-ku Kawauchi 1
    This is a castle built by Date Masamune, the first feudal lord of Sendai. Located in the Aobayama Hills, Sendai Castle Honmaru was a natural fortress utilizing the natural terrain consisting of a cliff wall that looks over the Hirose River to the east, a mountain forest in the west called “the back woods”, and the Tachinokuchi valley on the south side. Most of the castle was destroyed by fire in 1882, and Ninomaru became the current site of Tohoku University and Sannomaru has since been transformed into the Sendai City Museum.
  • Sendai City Tomizawa Site Museum
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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...

  • Koseki Family Samurai Residence
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    Miyagi Shiroishi-shi Nishi-masuokacho 5-40
    A historic building in Nishimasuoka Town, Shiroishi City. It is the former residence of the Koseki family, retainers to the Katakura family who ruled in Shiroishi Castle, and historical documents confirm that the building was constructed in 1730. After it was donated to the city it underwent full repairs and has been designated a Prefectural Cultural Property.

    We originally came into the area for the fox village, but booked our return train tickets later in the day. We had heaps of time to kill so we made our way through this tiny little village and...

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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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