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.

    Interesting architectural structure surrounded by a peaceful green surroundings. Very serene when I was there and there wasn’t a lot of people as well. This was where the late Date Masamune was...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Loople Sendai
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    Miyagi ken Sendai-shi Aoba-ku
    The Loople Sendai bus brings passengers to tourist spots around central Sendai City, and it arrives every 20 minutes on weekdays and 15 minutes on weekends. Buying a day pass gives you unlimited bus access all day and also provides bonuses at various facilities along the bus line, making it a great option. The bus runs on a special schedule during the three-day Sendai Tanabata Festival and the Sendai Pageant of Starlight that takes place in December. Board at Stop #16 at the West Exit of JR Sendai Station.

    This bus has one thing going for it and that is that it stops close to the sights. However thats the only good thing as the bus is seriously overcrowded. Not only that but the number of departures is...

  • Godaido Temple
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    Miyagi Pref. Miyagigunmatsushimamachi Matsushima Chounai
    As a symbol of Matsushima, Godaido Temple is a Buddhist temple that was designated as an Important Cultural Property. It belongs to the Rinzai school of Zen Buddhism headed by Myoushin-ji Temple and to which Zuiganji Temple also belongs. The temple takes its name Godaido because it houses images of the Five Wisdom Kings of Japanese Buddhism (Acala, Kundali, Trilokavijaya, Vajrayaksa, and Yamantaka). The images of the five great wisdom kings created in the middle of the Heian period are normally withheld from public view but are revealed once every 33 years.

    Godaido Hall stands just northeast of the pier and is worth stopping by. A lovely (if somewhat precarious as the handrails are rotting away) bridge connects the small island to the shore. The hall...

  • Shiroishi Castle
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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...

  • Sendai City Museum
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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.

    This is a small but interesting museum, largely focusing on the history of Sendai and how it came to be. A lot of the displays have English translations which is handy. You can also get an audio...

  • Ishinomori Mangattan Museum
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    Miyagi Pref. Ishinomakishi Nakaze 2-7
    Opened in 2001, the Ishinomori Mangattan Museum has eagerly adopted and employed the “Manga Declaration”, which represents the creative ideals of Shotaro Ishinomori regarding the expressive potential of manga (comics) as a media. In addition to entertaining and animated displays, standard exhibits, special exhibition rooms, and an original animation theater, this museum even offers you the opportunity to try animation for yourself. The plentiful content is overwhelming. About 10 minutes by car via Ishinomaki Kanan Interchange on the Sanriku Expressway.

    I visited with my brother and a friend. I didnt know much about the particular mangas and anime shown in the museum but one caught by eye. This was Cyborg 009 (I am now obsessed). I now know much...

  • 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.

    定義山の西方寺。仙台の山奥にあります。天皇塚は縁結びスポットらしいです。本堂は新しく、きれいでした。 駐車場も十分にあります。

  • 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.

    Take the train from Sendai Station to Kitayama Station and walk downhill for about 15 minutes to the entrance to this temple . Well worth the visit with a beautiful garden area and pond to walk...

  • 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.

    伊達ラーメンを食べましたが、とてもしょっぱかったです!スープとチャーシューの塩味と醤油の味が強くて全部食べれませんでした!

  • Kanahebisui-jinja Shrine (Golden Snake Shrine)
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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.

    I stopped by here on my first visit to Sendai. To get there, train may not be the most convenient to get there from Sendai Station, so I decided to rent a car and get there 8:00 AM. There were...

  • 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.

    The Sendai Art Museum is located in a beautiful area and can be reached by bus or by subway. The museum has a great collection of wonderful works. The visitor to Sendai International Center has to go...

  • 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 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...

  • Sendai Toshogu Shrine
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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."

    急に思い立って仙台東照宮の石鳥居と石段の石材を確認してきた。伊達家2代目忠宗の奥方が故郷備前の犬島の花崗岩をわざわざ船で運んできて石鳥居を建造したとのこと。芭蕉もここを訪れたことが「七日 快晴。加衞門同道ニテ権現宮ヲ拝。」と『曽良旅日記』にある。権現宮とは東照宮のことで、新暦では元禄2年6月23日だった。

  • Naruko Tourism and Hotel Information Center
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    Miyagi Osaki-shi Narukonsen Yumoto 2-1 JR Narukonsen Sta. Konai
    A tourist information center located inside NarukoOnsen Station in NarukoOnsen Yumoto, Osaki City. They provide information regarding accommodations and sightseeing in the NarukoOnsen area. They also sell special Geta Bill coupon books that provide a variety of benefits including discounts at participating shops in the hot spring village.

    This place is famous for its 1000 years history and 370 hot springs. The impression of this city is that in this place, time is passing slower than the city. So when I visited this place, it made me...

  • Roadside Station Joubon no Sato
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    Miyagi Pref. Ishinomakishi Kofunakoshi Futagokitashimo 1-1
    A roadside station standing along National Route 45 close to the Kahoku interchange on the Sanriku Expressway. The station is adjoined by the Futago no Yu hot spring bath facility, and visitors can soothe away the fatigue of their journey here. The station's restaurant, Shiori, serves a popular buffet consisting of a variety of local specialty dishes. Manjuya-san, located at the entrance to the station's farm-fresh market, sells Chikuwa Sankyodai chikuwa fish paste skewers and the Ishimaki Oden Burger, which was developed in collaboration with the local Ishinomaki Senshu University.

    道の駅ランキング2位ということであるが、そこまで目新しさを感じなかった。食事もそこまでの名物感がなく産直、お土産コーナーも普通。温泉がついているのが良いのだろう。

  • 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.
  • Shiogama-jinja Shrine
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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.

    鹽竈神社の隣にありますが、あでやかな鹽竈神社に対し、こちらは控えめな感じです。5月中旬、茅の輪くぐりができました。作法もきちんと説明されていました。 御朱印は鹽竈神社でいただけます。

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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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