Travel / Tourism Spots in Shiroishi / Zao Area

  • Shiroishi Castle
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    4.0
    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...

  • 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.
  • Koseki Family Samurai Residence
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    47 Reviews
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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 It is the former residence of the Koseki family, retainers to the Katakura family who ruled in Shiroishi Castle, and historical documents confirm that the building was constructed in 1730.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...

  • Roadside Station Murata, Bussan Koryu Center
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    17 Reviews
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    Miyagi Pref. Shibatagunmuratamachi Murata Kitashionai 41
    A roadside station situated on National Route 14 in Murata Town, Shibata County, Miyagi Prefecture. The station building is modeled after an old-fashioned Japanese white-walled kura warehouse. Inside, the station has a corner selling local vegetables as well dishes made with broad beans, a local specialty product; rice; pottery; and more. The adjoining Restaurant Shiroyama serves beef tongue Hayashi rice, broad bean tempura zaru-udon noodles, and kaki-age broad bean udon noodles. The noodles made with broad beans and rice flour are particularly popular.

    地元の新鮮な野菜が並び、安くて種類が豊富です。地元のお菓子屋さんのお菓子など地域の産品がたくさんあっておすすめです。

  • Zao Town Traditional Industry Hall (Miyagi Zao Kokeshi Hall)
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    31 Reviews
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    Miyagi Katta-gun Zao Machi Togatta Onsen Shinchi Nishi Urayama 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

  • Zao EcoLine
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    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.
  • Shiroishi Castle History Museum
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    3.5
    11 Reviews
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    Miyagi Pref. Shiroishishi Masuokachou 1-16
    Approximately a 10-minute walk from the Shiraishi Station on the Tohoku Main Line, and a 10-minute drive from the Shiraishi Interchange off of the Tohoku Expressway, this museum is located alongside the Ote Ichinomikado gate to the Shiraishi Castle inside the Masuoka Park. The shop on the first floor of the castle sells items unique to the castle and other Japanese washi paper-craft products, and other local specialties such as Umen. One can enjoy at the restaurant various dishes incorporating umen such as shojuro umen using white miso, and their specialty soft ice cream. On the second floor is located the historical archive as well as a 1/100 scale model of the donjon surrounding the castle and other displays showing the steps by which the model was built. On the third floor is a theater which plays films in which the castle was used as a backdrop.

    なんといってもここの目玉は3階にある「立体ハイビジョンシアター」。200インチのスクリーンで白石城にまつわる歴史ムービーを上映している。この日はコロナ禍もあって、我々夫婦だけの貸切上映。専用眼鏡をかけて鑑賞したが、槍や弓矢、人が画面から飛び出してくる立体映像が大迫力!映画のタイトルは、奥羽列藩同盟秘話「賊にはあらず」だったが、直前に観た「武家屋敷」が使われていたので、いっそうリアルに歴史を感じるこ...

  • Murata Town Rekishi Miraikan
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    12 Reviews
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    Miyagi Shibata-gun Muratamachi Murata Hasama 85
    This lifetime learning center is located in MurataTown, Shibata County. It is comprised of exhibit halls, a library, a video room, seminar rooms, and other facilities. The permanent exhibit hall features exhibits on topics including the history of the town and folk entertainment. There is also a special exhibit hall that hosts several special exhibits each year. A festival float from Hotei Festival, a tradition dating back eight centuries, is displayed in the entrance hall.

    道の駅に隣接しているので、寄ってみるといいです。無料なのですが、意外と面白いです蔵の町のことがわかります。

  • Shiroishi Storehouse of Dolls
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    10 Reviews
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    Miyagi Shiroishi-shi Johokucho 4-18
    A showroom in Johoku Town, Shiroishi City. The Dear Cheap Sweets Floor resembles an old-fashioned sweets shop and has retro goods on display while the Postwar Storehouse Floor shows what life was like during World War 2. In the annex building they have a display on Ichimatsu Dolls and special themed exhibitions.

    I found the entire experience interesting. Nice people there, too! Though, Im not sure if they liked me much, as I overheard the word 馬鹿 often.. Or maybe it was just me.

  • Zao Town Tourist Information
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    8 Reviews
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    Miyagi Katta-gun Zao Machi Togattaonsennakamachi 33

    The Zao tourist information in situated in the bus depot. There is a clean toilet there and obviously the ability to get the buses to Yagamata amongst other towns. (¥1000 each way on regular bus...

  • Aone Western Style House
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    5 Reviews
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    Miyagi Shibata-gun Kawasakimachi Aone Onsen 10-1
    This historical building is located on National Route 457 in Aoneonsen, Kawasaki Town, Shibata County. Built in Sendai during the Meiji period as a residence for missionaries, it was later relocated to its current location. The first floor of the home features a tourist information center and a cafe. The second floor serves as a memorial hall to Koga Masao, a composer with connections to Aone Onsen.

    一階は喫茶、二階は古賀政男の記念館です。展示は興味深かった。案内の女性は親切で感じが良い人で、いろいろなエピソードを教えてくれました。

  • Kakuda Homeland History Museum
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    5 Reviews
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    Miyagi Kakuda-shi Kakuda Machi 17
    This history museum is located Kakuda-machi, Kakuda City. It is situated inside of a mansion built by one of the area’s most prominent landowning families over the course of the Meiji and Taisho periods. The museum’s exhibits include archeological and historical materials pertaining to the region’s history and folk culture. Starting in mid-February each year, the museum exhibits hina dolls believed to have belonged to Muuhime, the second daughter of Date Masamune. She is said to have brought the dolls with her when she married into the Kakuda Ishikawa family.

    見学のメインになる家屋は三代続いた氏家丈吉さんの邸宅です。先代の没後に跡取りが父と同じ名前を名乗ったんだとか。その話を聞いただけで名家であることがわかりました。当時としては珍しい写真も残っていたりして保存状態がよかったです。見学は無料なのに説明してもらえました。

  • JA Miyagiwatari Yoshida Kanko Strawberry Farm
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    4 Reviews
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    Miyagi Watari-gun Wataricho Nagatoro Inarimae 45-10
    This strawberry farm is located approximately five minutes from Joban Expressway Torinoumi parking area (smart interchange). Visitors can pick Tochiotome strawberries, which have a nicely matched high sugar content and moderate acidity, from mid-January to early June. JA Miyagiwatari, area is also known as the Shonan of Tohoku that makes the most of its warm climate to cultivate its strawberries. In addition to Tochiotome strawberries, it also cultivates Mouikko strawberries, which are characterized by their large size and juiciness. This farm is proud to produce the largest number of these strawberries in the Tohoku region. The farm has ground-level cultivation, which are easy for children to pick, as well as elevated cultivation, which can be easily picked while standing, so people of all ages, from children to adults, can enjoy harvesting the strawberries.

    いちご狩りができる観光農園です。直売所もあると聞いていましたが、入るとすぐにいちご狩りの受付になっていました。亘理にはJA系と独立系がありますが、こちらはJA系です。あまり商売っけがなくて素朴な感じがしました。

  • Zao Blueberry Farm
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    2.5
    4 Reviews
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    Miyagi Katta-gun
    This blueberry farm is located along National Route 457, in Nanokahara Togattaonsen, Zao, Katta District. The eight farmlands cover a total area of approximately 13. 22 hectares and contain 20,000 blueberry bushes of around 60 varieties. In addition to enjoying blueberry picking from early July to mid-August, visitors can buy jams and juices made with the pesticide-free blueberries. They can also enjoy blueberry sweets and bread at the rest house.

    夫婦二人で2千円、食べ放題エリアに。 受付で「入口付近ばかり食べられる、奥に行ってくれ」と軽いジャブ。 摘んで食べ始める・・・蜘蛛の巣、芋虫、蟻が群がりボディーブロー。 それでも食べられる物を探し・・・不味い、甘くない、吐き出すレベルもありノックアウト。 二千円払うなら、どこぞのスーパーで買ってください。 ガソリン代の無駄。 時期的に悪かったのかもしれないのを差し引いても(実が成っていてそれは...

  • Shibata no Kyodokan
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    3 Reviews
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    Miyagi Shibata-gun Shibatamachi Funaokanishi 1-6-26
    "This museum complex is located in Funaokanishi 1-Chome, Shibata Town, Shibata County. It is comprised of a number of facilities including the Furusato Cultural Lore Museum, which features classrooms for hands-on learning, a multipurpose hall, and a library, the Joshin-an teahouse, and the Industrial Exhibition Hall, which displaysindustrialproducts in the town. The Shigenkaku exhibit hall features exhibits on the history of the town dating back from prehistoric times on the theme ""3. 65 million days of Shibata.”"

    船岡駅から船岡城址公園に行く途中にありました。図書館や地元の企業を説明している産業展示館などもあり、色々な企業が紹介されていました○

  • Zao Highline
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    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.
  • Kurano Kyoudokan Sairi Yashiki
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    Miyagi Pref. Igugunmarumorimachi Machinishi 25
    A museum which conducts a variety of special exhibitions throughout the year. The structure, an old fashioned Japanese estate and kura warehouse, once belonged to Saito Risuke, a wealthy merchant which traded in a wide array of goods from the late Edo period to the early Showa period. The residence and personal effects of Saito were donated to the town, and the town government turned the facility into a museum open to the general public. In 2010, the facility was designated a National Tangible Cultural Property. The museum displays period artwork and also holds exhibits in line with key events such as the Sairi no Hina Matsuri doll festival, the Boy's Day celebration, and the New Year's Day of Sairi. In addition, the museum periodically holds workshops on making silk washi paper and other crafts.

    1階が土産物店になっている倉の2階が喫茶店になっています。 椅子席だけですが、木調の落ち着いた雰囲気でゆっくり出来ます。 値段も適当で、お勧め出来ます。

  • 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.
  • Takimidai
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    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.
  • Ichigo Land Kouchan Strawberry Farm
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    1 Reviews
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    Miyagi Watari-gun Wataricho Nagatoro Nishiyachi 116
    "This strawberry farm cultivates Mouikko strawberries, which are Miyagi's original variety of strawberry, so named because of how their large size and refreshing sweetness makes people reach out for ""just one more"". The Mouikko strawberries are cultivated in multiple houses, which focus on elevated cultivation that allows people to harvest them while standing. The direct sale store on the farm sells strawberries from Kouchan Strawberry Farm, as well as local Watari strawberries. Customers can also buy them as souvenirs. Reservations are not necessary, but the farm may be closed when the number of strawberries available for picking decreases, so it is recommended that visitors phone ahead to check the situation."

    大きなビニールハウスが並んでいます、苺狩りの幼稚園児が赤く大きな苺を持っていました。名前がもういっこです。美味しくてついついもう一個食べたくなるとの事。大きな農家の玄関が苺狩りの受付窓口です。私達はケースの大粒苺3パック購入し、主人が味見したいと告げると、小粒の苺1パックサービスされました。申し訳ないけど嬉しかった。宿で頂きました。口いっぱい甘くみずみずしさが溢れて幸せに包まれました。去年富山から...

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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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