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Nature Spots in Miyagi Area

  • Naruko Gorge
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    Miyagi Pref. Osakishi Narukonsen Hoshinuma
    This gorge was formed at the southern foot of Mt. Hanabuchi by the Oyagawa River. The sides are precipitous, with drops from 80 to100 meters high, and stretch for about three kilometers. The fall leaves here are a famous sight, and this is designated one of Miyagi Prefecture’s top sights. There’s a maintained walking trail stretching about 2.5 kilometers along the river, taking about an hour to walk, and offering a gorgeous view of not only the forest but also rock formations created by the river’s erosion. The Narukokyo Resthouse in particular offers a stunning view of the Obukazawa Bridge contrasted against the leaves.
  • Akiu Great Falls
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    Miyagi Pref. Sendaishi Taihaku-ku Akiumachibaba Otaki
    Numbered among Japan’s three most famous waterfalls, Akiu Great Falls is an impressive waterfall six meters across and 55 meters high. A pedestrian path along the river brings visitors close to the falls, where they can hear the roar of the water and feel the white mist produced as they view the impressive sight of powerful torrents falling from the cliff. In autumn, the Akiu Great Falls forms a beautiful scenery with the background of colored maple leaves, which attracts many visitors as well.
  • 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.
  • Homei Shijuhachi Falls
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    Miyagi Pref. Sendaishi Aoba-ku Sakunami Stick tree
    Homei Shijuhachi (“Cry of the Phoenix 48”) Falls is located along National Route 48 near the entrance to Sendai Highland. It consists of a chain of large and small waterfalls. The sound of the rushing whitewater rapids is said to sound like the cry of the legendary phoenix, which is how the falls got their name. The fresh greenery of summer and the red leaves of autumn provide a beautiful contrast to the falls.
  • Mt. Otakamori
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    Miyagi Pref. Higashimatsushimashi Miyato
    Named best of Matsushima’s four great sights, the observation platform at the peak of this small mountain offers a gorgeous panorama view. There is a precipitous coast, Saga Gorge, to the east, Matsushima Bay stretches from the west to the south, with views of the sea and islands dotting in a beautiful scene. The north holds a broad view of Ishinomaki townscape.
  • Mt. Kurikoma
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    Miyagi Pref. Kuriharashi Kurikoma
    Mt. Kurikoma is 1,626 meters high and overlaps the three prefectures of Akita, Iwate and Miyagi. The Sukawa Highland halfway up is famed for the hot springs bubbling up and steaming away, and the green spring beech trees give way to beautiful reds and yellows in fall, for year round beauty.
  • Fukuura Island
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    Miyagi Pref. Miyagigunmatsushimamachi Matsushima
    Fukuura Island, floating to the east of the Matsushima Coast, is a central point for Matsushima sightseeing. It’s connected to the mainland by a 252 meter red-painted bridge (toll charged) so you can walk across to it. The whole island is designated a Prefectural Natural Botanical Park, so it remains an untouched nature preserve filled with pine forest dotted with camellia, maple, and about 250 other types of plant.
  • Himawari no Oka (Sunflower Hill)
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    Miyagi Pref. Osakishi Sambongisaida
    In spring the hill is covered in rapeseed blossoms and in summer roughly 420,000 sunflowers bloom. In other words, one of the best things about this place is how it looks like the entire area is dyed in yellow. The Himawari Festival is held every year in early August where local products are sold.
  • Katanuma Lake
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    Miyagi Pref. Osakishi Narukonsen Yumoto
    A caldera lake made roughly 1,200 years ago by volcanic activity, giving the surrounding area a unique sulfur scent. The lake offers a spectacularly beautiful landscape with the water changing color between various shades of blue, emerald green, and milky white depending on the weather due to the large amount of sulfur in the water. The high level of acidity of the water means no creatures live in the lake. You can enjoy this natural beauty by walking around the lake and renting a boat.
  • Ogama-Hanzo, Oreishi
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    Karuwa Town, Kesennuma City, Miyagi ken
    This group of rock formations in Sanriku Fukko (reconstruction) National Park that extends from southern Aomori Prefecture to the Oshika Peninsula in Miyagi Prefecture is one of its officially designated a Place of Scenic Beauty. The cove known as Ogama has been carved out of the rock in the shape of a rounded cooking pot, giving the landform its name (ogama means big pot in Japanese). There's a view of the waves continually breaking against it from Hanzo. Another formation in the shape of a slender stone tower is about 16 meters high. Two meters broke off due to the tsunami that resulted from the 1896 Sanriku earthquake, so it's known as the Oreishi, or broken rock. There is also a promenade between running between Ogama and Hanzo, a rest house, and a parking lot.
  • Komakusa Daira
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    Zao-cho, Kariya-gun, Miyagi prefecture
    This is one of the scenic spots in the Zao Mountain Range, accessible on foot from the parking lot on the Zao Echo Line. It got its name because there used to be groups of the plant komakusa along the roadside. As you climb the promenade, a dynamic landscape unfolds along with the exposed red-hued bedrock. Kaerazuno Falls with its 45-meter drop and Furiko Falls are visible from the concrete observatory. The Zao Echo Line closes for winter between November and April.
  • Mt. Tokusenjosan
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    Miyagi Prefecture
    This 711-meter mountain is at the boundary between Kesennuma City and the former town of Motoyoshi. It's very famous for viewing azaleas from the middle to the end of May when the whole place bursts into a beautiful scene of red and green. With about 500,000 plants covering a range of 50 hectares, the colorful scenery reaches from the mountain summit to the Pacific Ocean. It takes about 45 minutes from the trail head to the summit, making it accessible to beginners as well, assuming they have the proper clothing and other hiking items. Expect big crowds on Saturdays and Sundays during the season. If you want to take your time and enjoy it, we recommend going on weekdays.
  • Mt. Kattadake (Mt. Zao)
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    Miyagi Prefecture
    A mountain located on the border between Miyagi Prefecture and Yamagata Prefecture. This is the third highest mountain in the Zao Mountain Range with an altitude of 1,758 meters. The Zao High Line mountain toll road is open from the end of April to the beginning of November, making it possible to drive up close to the summit. From the end of October until the official closing date, it's impassable at night, too. Kattamine-jinja Shrine's mountain sanctuary is on the summit, as well as a stone monument in recognition of Date Munetaka's great achievements; he prayed here at the time of a large eruption. There's also a view of Okama crater lake at Mt. Goshikidake just a five-minute walk from the parking lot. The color of the water changes dramatically depending on the weather.
  • Cape Iwaisaki
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    Miyagi Pref. Kesennumashi Hajikamiwaisaki
    This sightseeing spot with a variety of natural landmarks is 25 minutes by car from JR Kesennuma Station. Various fossils have been discovered there dating from the Paleozoic era's Permian period 250 million years ago. It's been designated a Miyagi Prefecture Natural Monument. At the end of the cape there is a blowhole formed by sea water erosion over the eons. It spouts the surf into the air every time they break on the rocks, and when the waves are high, the site is truly impressive. There is also a tree called the Dragon Pine that gained its current dragon-like form from the tsunami after the Great East Japan Earthquake. The statue of the sumo grand champion Hidenoyama Raigoro also survived the tsunami and you can still see it today.
  • Onikobe Kanketsusen
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    Miyagi Pref. Osakishi Narukonsenonikoube Fukiage 12
    Visitors can view geysers at this facility about 20 minutes by car from the JR Rikuu Tosen Line's Naruko-Onsen Station. You can view two geysers up close: the 15-meter high Benten which erupts at 10-minute intervals, and the two or three-meter-high Unryu which erupts every 20 to 30 minutes. Their eatery serves Okowa Teishoku set meals featuring onsen tamago eggs with their characteristic soft whites. There's also an area where you can try making onsen tamago yourself. It's closed for winter from December to late March.
  • Mt. Anba
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    Miyagi Pref. Kesennumashi Machiura
    A 239 meter tall mountain with a sweeping view of Kesennuma Bay and the streets of Kesennuma which serves as a symbol of the city. Visitors can drive a car partway up the mountain; the top of the mountain is a 15 minute walk from the highest parking area. Anbasan Park, created in the image of a dragon, is located near the top of the mountain, and visitors are greeted by two dragon statues at the entrance. The mountain is also popular because of its night view.
  • Rairaikyo Gorge
    Travel / Tourism
    Miyagi Pref. Sendaishi Taihaku-ku Akiumachiyumoto
    This ravine is along the Natori River in Yumoto, Akiu-machi, Taihaku Ward, Sendai City. It continues for approximately one kilometer, with Akiu Onsen's Nozoki Bridge near the center. Pathways provide access to the ravine's natural scenery, including waterfalls and distinctive rock formations cut by the river rapids adorned with the fresh green leaves of spring or the autumn's colorful foliage.
  • Lake Choro
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    Miyagi Pref. Kattagunshichikashukumachi Elder
    A 50 minute drive from the Shiroishi interchange on the Tohoku Expressway. This two kilometer in circumference lake is situated 500 meters above sea level at the foot of Mt. Fubo, part of the Zao Mountain Range. The lake's clear blue surface famously reflects Mt. Fubo like a mirror. Broadleaf forest consisting of Japanese beech, oak, and maples surrounding the lake, and the early summer fresh verdure and fall foliage are particularly beautiful. Visitors can also enjoy the area's seasonally blooming flowers. Walking courses circle the lake and connect with the Yokokawa Valley, and visitors are encouraged to go on a stroll and take in the beauty of the area's forest. When in season, visitors can also enjoy activities such as boating and fishing.
  • Karakuwa Peninsula
    Travel / Tourism
    Karakuwa Town, Kesennuma City, Miyagi Prefecture
    A 30 minute drive from JR Kesennuma Station. This peninsula, covered with picturesque scenery is located on the northeastern tip of Miyagi Prefecture. The peninsula's fabulous scenery includes magnificent cliffs and the complex inlets and coves characteristic of a ria coast. The peninsula has been designated a part of Sanriku Fukko National Park as well as an underwater park. Famous sights include the beautifully contrasting blue ocean, green trees, and white bare rock of the Dairiseki Coast; the stretch of distinctive rock formations known as the Ogama; and the Oreishi, a huge natural marble stone column 16 meters tall and three meters wide. The area is also an excellent fishing ground and oysters, Japanese scallops, wakame seaweed, and other seafood products are harvested here.
  • Tamonzan
    Travel / Tourism
    Miyagi Miyagi-gun Shichigahama Machi Yogasakihama Hachigamori
    "A 55.6 meter high mountain located on the northern tip of Shichigahama Town a 20 minute drive from Tagajo Station on the JR Senseki Line. The mountain's sweeping view of the more than 260 islands floating in Matsushima Bay is called the ""Bikan"" (or ""Ikan,"" ""Beautiful View/Magnificent View""), one of the Four Views of Matsushima, four spectacular views which also include the ""Sokan"" of Mt. Otakamori in Higashimatsushima City, and the ""Reikan"" of Mt. Tomi and ""Yukan"" of Ogitani in Matsushima Town. The surrounding area is maintained as Tamonzan Tenbo Hiroba Park. A walking path in the park leads to the rear of the Bishamon-do Temple from which visitors can enjoy vast, majestic scenery immediately below encompassing Mahanashi Island, Jizo Island, and the other islands floating in Matsushima Bay."

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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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