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Other Sightseeing Spots in Miyagi Area

  • Jozenji-dori Street
    Travel / Tourism
    Miyagi ken Sendai-shi Aoba-ku
    Jozenji-dori Street is a symbol of Sendai, city of trees. This Japanese zelkova lined road stretches about 700 meters, creating a beautiful blue-green leaf tunnel under the dancing sunbeams. The sidewalks are lined with bronze statues, and the street is home to many stylish cafes and shops.
  • Zao EcoLine
    Travel / Tourism
    Zao-machi, Kariya-gun, Miyagi prefecture/Nishikeshuku-machi/Yamagata prefecture Kamiyama-shi
    This mountain road extends from Togatta Onsen in Miyagi Prefecture to Botaira Highland in Yamagata Prefecture, running 26 kilometers through the Zao Mountain Range. The road is closed from early November through late April for snow, but when it opens the snowy walls of winter remain, until they give way to the green of summer, then the lovely leaves of Autumn, letting you enjoy the year-round beauty of Zao on your drive.
  • Zao Highline
    Travel / Tourism
    Zao-cho, Kariya-gun, Miyagi prefecture
    Zao Highline is a 2.5-kilometer toll road, branching from the Zao Echo Highline, and it directly connects the mountaintop parking lot of Mt. Katsutadake. The tall walls of snow that line the road in the spring are a sight to see. Golden Week (early May) is the best time to see it. You can easily see Zao’s famous Goshikinuma (Five Colored Marshes) and crater from the car park though you will need a snowsuit in the spring because of the cold. Enjoy the beautiful views of fresh green leaves in the summer and beautiful autumnal colors in the fall. The Highline is closed from early November to late April because of snow.
  • Yuriage Port Morning Market
    Travel / Tourism
    Miyagi Pref. Natorishi Yuriage 5-23-20
    This morning market is a 30-year-old market held only on Sundays and public holidays in Yuriage in Natori city, which has been a fishing port since the Edo period. With their motto “great goods for cheap”, there are a variety of stores including 50 permanent stores that sell local fresh seafood fished from the nearby ocean, local vegetables, and pre-made side dishes. A connecting hearth area allows you to cook and eat your purchases onsite.
  • Toichi Ichiba Market
    Travel / Tourism
    Miyagi Pref. Sendaishi Aoba-ku Ichibanchou
    This market, in three narrow alleys in back of Ichiban-cho 4-chome Mitsukoshi Sendai department store, is said to be the oldest shopping district in Sendai. There is a wide variety of eateries including izayaka Japanese bars and restaurants, as well as everyday item stores, antique shops, aizome (indigo dye) and incense specialists, and hobby shops line the streets.
  • Sendai Asaichi Morning Market
    Travel / Tourism
    Miyagi Pref. Sendaishi Aoba-ku Chuou 4-3-28
    This permanent market is in Aoba Ward, Sendai City. Although it's called the Morning Market, it is an urban shopping street. Most of its shops operate between 8:00 and 18:00 and sell seafood landed at Sendai's fishing port as well as produce carried across the mountains from Yamagata. It has become known Sendai's Kitchen and Sendai's Ameyoko because of the wealth of food on offer. There are also many sweet shops, sushi shops, and delis, making it a popular place to eat on the go.
  • Takimidai
    Travel / Tourism
    Miyagi Pref. Kattagunzaoumachi Togattaonsen Kuraishi-dake National Forest
    One of the most picturesque locations found in the Zao Mountain Range. A parking area is located nearby on the Zao Echo Line road and can accommodate around 10 vehicles. Two waterfalls can be seen from Takimidai. The waterfall with the greater water flow is Fudo Falls; boasting a 54 meter drop, the falls are watched over by a statue of the Buddhist deity Acala called the Zao Fudoson. The other waterfall, the thin Sanriku Falls, winds its way through the mountains to drop three times into deep basins and has been selected as one of the 100 most beautiful waterfalls in Japan. The beauty of this location is a favorite topic for poets and visitors will find a stone monument inscribed with a waka poem by Reiu Uda here.
  • Matsushima Shidaikan
    Travel / Tourism
    Miyagi prefecture Higashimatsushima-shi, Miyagi-gun Matsushima cho, Miyagi gun Nanaishihama cho
    A term referring to four observatories with sweeping views of beautiful Matsushima Bay. The Sokan Observatory is located on lofty Mt. Otakamori standing in the center of Miyato Island across from the bay. The Reikan Observatory on the top of the mountain offers a sweeping with of the east, south, and west sides of the bay. The Ikan Observatory in the Tamonzan area looks out over the ocean from the cliffs of Cape Yogasaki at the northern tip of Shichigahama Town. The Yukan Observatory, located in the Ogitani area (folding fan valley), so called because the inlet of Matsushima Bay resembles a folding fan as seen from mountaintop, is located on high ground behind Sokanzan. Whichever you visit, you can enjoy a lovely view of the charming bay.
  • Shintomiyama Observatory
    Travel / Tourism
    Matsushima cho Miyagi-gun, Miyagi prefecture
    This observatory is at the summit of Matsushima Town's Mt. Shintomi. Overlooking all of Matsushima Bay, people say the scenery changes with every 30 centimeters you ascend. It also has a sweeping view of Matsushima's townscape and a great nighttime view with fishing fires dancing above the water after sunset. The tourist sites of Zuiganji and Godaido Temples are within walking distance, and you can also easily stroll there from the Matsushima coast. As it doesn't have its own parking lot, we recommend getting there on foot.
  • SS30
    Life / Living / Hospital
    Miyagi Pref. Sendaishi Aoba-ku Chuou 4-6-1
    This office building is located about eight minutes on foot from JR Sendai Station. Consisting of 31 above ground and three basement floors, it was the first skyscraper in the Tohoku region. Overlooking Sendai City from 128 meters, there's a free observation area that you reach with the Sky Shuttle, their dedicated glass elevator. It's a popular spot for dates and famous for its gorgeous night view that takes in sights like the illuminated Miyagi Television Broadcasting's TV tower.
  • Shichikashuku Kaido
    Travel / Tourism
    Miyagi Katta-gun Shichikashukumachi Namezu
    This Edo-period highway passes through what is today Shichikashuku Town, Katta County. The area became known as Shichikashuku because there were seven shukuba (post stations) along the highway, which was the major thoroughfare between the Oshu Highway and the Dewa Highway at the time. Every August an event called “Waraji de Aruko Shichikashuku” in which participants walk the highway in straw sandals is organized.
  • Togatta Ohashi Bridge
    Travel / Tourism
    Miyagi Katta-gun Zao Machi Togatta Onsen
    This bridge over the Matsu River, a tributary of the Shiraishi River, is located in National Route 457 in Togattaonsen, Zao Town, Katta County. Large kokeshi dolls have been installed on both ends of the bridge recognition of Zao’s status as a major producer of the traditional toys. This has earned it the nickname “Kokeshi Bridge.”
  • Ogitani
    Travel / Tourism
    Miyagi Miyagi-gun Matsushimamachi Matsushima
    This is a highland in Sakuragaokairi, Matsushima Town, Miyagi County. Along with Otakamori, Mt. Tamon, and Mt. Tomiyama in Matsushima Town, it is one of the four prime spots for viewing the rocky islands of Matsushima, long considered one of Japan’s great beauty spots. The site got its name (“fan valley”) from the view of fan-shaped Matsushima Bay.
  • Row of Storehouses
    Travel / Tourism
    Miyagi Shibata-gun Muratamachi Murata
    This important preservation district of historic buildings is located in Murata Town, Shibata County. Long ago the region prospered as a trading hub on the highway that connected Sendai and Yamagata. Even now, it retains rows of storehouses owned by the merchants of Murata, who engaged businesses such as the safflower trade. The Kura no Machi Murata Hotei Festival is held here every October.
  • Iroha Yokocho
    Travel / Tourism
    Miyagi Sendai-shi Aoba-ku Ichibancho 2-3-28
    This back alley shopping district is located in Ichibancho 2-Chome, Aoba Ward, Sendai City. It originated from the many street vendors that gathered here during the recovery from the bombing of Sendai in 1945. Even today, it retains its retro Showa period vibe. The alley is lined with izakaya (Japanese-style pubs) and other restaurants as well as clothing stores, sundries shops, and other vendors.
  • Yagiyama Bridge
    Travel / Tourism
    Miyagi Sendai-shi Aoba-ku Aramaki-Taihaku-ku Nagamachi
  • Ushigoe Bridge
    Travel / Tourism
    Miyagi Sendai-shi Aoba-ku Kawauchi
  • Marine Gate Shiogama
    Miyagi Shiogama-shi Minatomachi 1-4-1
  • Aosoyama Observation Deck
    Travel / Tourism
    Miyagi Katta-gun Zao Machi Miya Sori
  • Ogameyama Shinrinkoen Observation Deck
    Travel / Tourism
    Miyagi Tomiya-shi Ogame Wago Da 2-ban 13-1

Miyagi Main Areas


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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