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  • Shiroishi Castle
    132 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

    Friendly locals on hand, and we could even dress up like samurai for free :) Nice views of the city below.

  • Hitome Senbonzakura
    Travel / Tourism
    Miyagi Pref. Shibatagunogawaramachi Oya Suehiro District (Shiraishikawa Park)
    This popular cherry blossom viewing spot north of Funaoka Castle Park is about three minutes on foot from both Ogawara Station and Funaoka Station. It's one of the Tohoku region's premier places to take in the springtime scenery, and 300,000 tourists from around the nation descend on the park every year between early and mid-April when the roughly 1,200 Yoshino cherry trees along the Shiraishi River are at their spectacular peak. The Ogawara Cherry Blossom Festival coincides with the season, featuring boat trips to view the blossoms from late morning until evening, and the illuminated trees at night. The still snow-capped peaks of the Zao Mountains make a great backdrop to the trees in bloom.
  • Lake Okama
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Atelier Hanahana
    Miyagi Pref. Kattagunzaoumachi Togattaonsenasahichou 22
    A combined ceramic atelier and retail store located in Togattaonsen Asahicho of Zao Town. They offer the opportunity to paint some pottery—you can choose which piece you would like to paint from a variety of types, including tea cups, plates, cups, and sake cups. They also hold pottery classes.
  • 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.
  • Miyagi Zao Kokeshi Kan
    28 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Miyagi Pref. Kattagunzaoumachi Togattaonsen Shinchinishiurayama 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 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.
  • Komakusa Daira
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • 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.
  • Roadside Station Murata, Bussan Koryu Center
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Zao Heartland
    Travel / Tourism
    Miyagi Pref. Kattagunzaoumachi Togattaonsen Nanokahara 201
    A petting zoo-style farm inside the Zao Dairy Center. Over 100 cows and many other animals are raised on the farm's spacious, 100 hectare grounds. Visitors can play with rabbits, goats, and sheep. The farm also holds a variety of food making classes which you can join in on with an advance reservation. You can choose to make cheese or ice cream which can be enjoyed on the spot, or butter or sausage to take home. The farm also sells local dairy products like special milk from cows raised at the foot of Mt. Zao. The farm has several restaurants, many of whose dishes are made with cheese and other dairy products.
  • Mt. Kattadake (Mt. Zao)
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Kurano Kyoudokan Sairi Yashiki
    2 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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。

  • Teshiroginuma Pond
    Travel / Tourism
    Miyagi Pref. Kakudashi Takakura Teshirogi In the ground
    Teshiroginuma Pond is located 650 meters north of National Route 113 in Takakura, Kakuda City, Miyagi Prefecture. The pond was made about 300 years ago to hold water for agricultural use. Cherry trees bloom along its edge in the spring and in winter swans fly in to pass the season. In summer it's well known for the lotuses that cover the pond with their blossoms, although currently they aren't blooming due to factors inhibiting their growth. Some of the lotuses were transplanted to suitable areas nearby, and you can still see them blooming in all their summertime splendor in fallow rice fields to the south of the pond.
  • Kakuda Space Center
    Travel / Tourism
    Miyagi Pref. Kakudashi Kimigaya Koganesawa 1
    This Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency research facility in Kakuda City, Miyagi Prefecture is 25 minutes by car from Tohoku Expressway's Murata and Shiroishi Interchanges. They carry out research on and development of engines for use in rockets carrying satellites into space. Experimental rocket engines and models of rockets used over the years are can be viewed up close in their Space Development Exhibition Room, providing an easily accessible introduction to their activities. They also have vending machines with items related to JAXA and space. Reservations are not required.
  • Zao Cheese Factory
    Travel / Tourism
    Miyagi Pref. Kattagunzaoumachi Togattaonsen Nanokahara 251-4
    This cheese studio in the Zao Dairy Center is five minutes by car from the Togatta Onsen bus stop. They make Zao cheese from high quality natural ingredients with advanced technology backed by tradition. In addition to cream cheese and aged cheeses like gouda and cheddar, they make a cheese drink with pasteurized milk and cheese whey. Their Cheese Cabin sells popular souvenirs like homemade ice cream and yogurt.
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Miyagi Pref. Watarigunyamamotochou Yamadera Sakurada 47
    This strawberry farm in Yamamoto Town, Miyagi prefecture is one of the leading strawberry producers in Tohoku. It's a nine-minute walk from JR Yamashita Station. Migaki Ichigo strawberries are also known as edible jewels and you can eat as many as you like over a 30-minute period in their spacious greenhouse. Grown on platforms, you can pick them while standing, and the wide-open isles make the facility wheelchair accessible. With topping options like condensed milk and syrup from their chocolate fountain, it's especially popular with families and couples. Strawberry picking is held from January to May. It is closed on Thursdays and Fridays.
  • Shiogama-jinja Shrine
    Travel / Tourism
    Miyagi Pref. Watarigunwatarichou Okumakouya Maehara 65
    This shrine is near the Tori-no-umi Parking Area. Its primary deities are Shiotsuchiojinokami, Takemikazuchi-no-mikoto, and Futsunushi-no-mikoto. In 1615 the wandering samurai Ito Saburozaemon first taught salt making in the Sendai area and was appointed the guardian of the tradition. In that role, it's said he started the spread of Shiogama-jinja Shrine in the region. It's located in an idyllic rural environment and features a long walkway. In the wake of the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami, the pine trees surrounding the shrine perished, but have been replaced by tairyo-zakura cherry trees.
  • Zao Echo-Line
    Travel / Tourism
    Kamiyama city, Yamagata
    This 26-kilometer mountain road traverses the Zao Mountain Range, connecting Kaminoyama City in Yamagata Prefecture and Zao Town in Miyagi Prefecture. Open from late April to the beginning of November (closed in winter), a drive here lets you experience Zao's natural environment, including a snow corridor that lasts until mid-May, the fresh green of spring, and autumn leaves.
  • Kakuda City Space Tower Cosmo House
    7 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Miyagi Pref. Kakudashi Kakuda Gyukan 100
    A 15 minute walk from Abukuma Express Kakuda Station. This facility was built to serve as a symbol of Kakuda City, the location of the JAXA Kakuda Space Center. From the Space Tower observation deck, visitors can see the city and all the way to Zao Mountain Range. The Cosmo House has space-themed exhibits such as a full-sized model of a satellite, a real rocket engine, videos, and more. There's also an actual-sized, 49 meter tall model of the H-II, Japan's first entirely domestically produced rocket. The facility's shop sells space-themed merchandise.

    角田駅から徒歩15分。入館料は320円。 敷地内にはH-Ⅱロケットの実物大模型が聳え立っている。館内にはロケットエンジンの実物なども展示されているが、内容的には子供向けである。大人だけの場合は、外からロケットの模型を見学するだけで充分かもしれない。

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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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