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  • Wakuya Castle site
    Travel / Tourism
    Miyagi Pref. Todagunwakuyachou Wakuya Shimochou 3-2
    "Located around 10 minutes' walk from JR Wakuya Station, Wakuya Castle was built as a residence by the Wakuya-Date family; it has the only surviving two-storied Yagura tower in Miyagi Prefecture, known as the Taiko-to (Drum Tower). The Wakuya Shrine was built inside what was formerly the castle's Honmaru (Main Bailey), and the area around the castle site is now the Shiroyama Park (""Castle Hill Park""). Inside the Park there is a museum, built in the Tenshu style, which has a collection of around 1,000 artifacts relating to the Wakuya -Date clan, the history of the town of Wakuya, and local customs and traditions. The park is a famous place for viewing cherry blossom; during the Sakura Matsuri festival which is held in mid-April each year, visitors can enjoy viewing Yoshino cherry trees, weeping cherry trees, and hill cherry trees, which are illuminated in the evenings."
  • Shinise Takakame
    Miyagi Pref. Osakishi Narukonsen Yumoto 88
    A shop situated along Yunomachi-dori Street in the Naruko Onsen hot spring resort area which has been producing a variety of carved wood goods since 1771. Takakame sells wooden toys such as koma tops and Naruko kokeshi wooden dolls, a famous local craft. All of the shop’s products are handmade, and each is unique, with differing wooden textures and grains. The shop also displays kokeshi painted by painter Rokuro Taniuchi, kokeshi from throughout the Tohoku region, and local wooden toys from across Japan, ensuring you can have fun even if you just come to look.
  • Sakurai Kokeshi
    Miyagi Pref. Osakishi Narukonsen Yumoto 26-6
    Located a five minute walk from Naruko-Onsen Station, Sakurai Kokeshi produces and sells Naruko kokeshi wooden dolls, a local Naruko specialty product. In addition to traditional Naruko kokeshi, the shop also sells more unique products, such as “Hiina” hina dolls which make use of the same techniques to produce kokeshi, and NARUKO, a new doll brand which harmonize with Naruko lacquer. The NARUKO tables, candle stands, and other lifestyle goods making use of round, kokeshi-like curves are characterized by the unique chic provided by Japanese lacquer.
  • Naruko Gorge
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Egaho Shokudo
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Miyagi Pref. Osakishi Narukonsen Yumoto 2-4
    Egaho Shokudo is a restaurant located close to Naruko-Onsen Station. They mainly serve soba and udon noodles, but they also have Chinese noodles, rice bowls, and curry on the menu too. One of their most popular dishes is the wild vegetable and mushroom soba, and udon, both served with lots of edible wild plants.
  • Toyama Kanko Bussan Center – Toyama-no-Sato
    Miyagi Pref. Tomeshi Toyomamachiteraike Sakurakouji 2
    A multi-purpose complex facility opened as a base for sightseeing as part of the Meiji Village Museum of Miyagi. There is a shop which sells local Tome delicacies such as hatto and aburafu, local specialty goods, products and souvenirs, and a restaurant that serves local cuisine, noodles, and set meals.
  • Mt. Kurikoma
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Japan Kokeshi Museum
    32 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Miyagi Pref. Osakishi Narukonsen Shitomae 74-2
    The origin of kokeshi wooden dolls is said to have been in Naruko towards the end of the Edo period (1804–1830) when they were made as hot spring souvenirs by woodworkers who carved bowls and trays and this is said to be the oldest production area for these dolls. The museum opened in 1975. It exhibits kokeshi offered up for the National Kokeshi Festival, presents the procedure for making the dolls, demonstrates the spinning lathe and has a wholesale shop that sells the highest number of kokeshi dolls in Naruko. It is around six minutes by car from JR Naruko Onsen Station.

    I walked to the museum from Naruko Onsen station, to enjoy the surrounding area, and returned by Kokeshi Taxi. The taxi stand is at the train station, as is the visitor's center, so you can ride both...

  • Maruzen
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Miyagi Pref. Osakishi Onsen Yumoto 109-1
    This souvenir shop is located in Yumoto Hot Spring, Osaki City, Miyagi Prefecture. The first floor is the souvenir store and the second floor is a restaurant. The shop has many kokeshi doll-related items in true Naruko fashion, while the restaurant offers ramen, curry and rice, and other popular dishes with a nostalgic taste.
  • Hosokura Mine Park
    7 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Miyagi Pref. Kuriharashi Uguisuzawa Nangouyanagisawa 2-3
    Located around 25 minutes’ drive from Tsukidate Interchange, Hosokura Mine Park is a theme park built on the site of the former Hosokura Mine, which closed in 1987. The facilities at the Park faithfully recreate the way the mine appeared when it was still operational; visitors can walk along the mine shafts, and can learn about how mining was carried out. There is also a Hosokawa Mine Museum which displays items discovered in the Mine, has extensive information about the Mine’s history, and has examples of important types of mineral ores and models showing the Mine’s operations, etc. There is also a gold-panning experience zone where visitors can try their hand at panning for gold dust; visitors can take the gold dust that they collect home with them.


  • Yakurai Water Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Miyagi Pref. Kamigunkamimachi Ajigafukuroyakuraihara 1-333
    Yakurai Water Park is a facility located at the foot of Mt. Yakurai with heated pools and hot spring baths that are open all year round. There is a comprehensive range of facilities, including 25 meter pools for walking and for swimming, a pool with water 50 centimeters deep for children, a “lazy river” pool, as well as water slides and other facilities that all the family can enjoy. The hot spring baths include a range of saunas and outdoor baths, etc., making this an ideal place for a hot springs day-trip. There are superb views of Mt. Yakurai from the windows, enabling visitors to relax and unwind while admiring the changing of the seasons.
  • Naganuma Futopia Park campsite
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Miyagi Pref. Tomeshi Hasamachoukitakata Amagata 161-84
    This is a campsite located inside the Naganuma Futopia Park, with its distinctive Dutch-style windmill named “Shiratori” (“Swan”). Naganuma Futopia Park also has a tulip garden and a large roller slide, and is a great outdoor leisure destination.
  • Yakurai Garden
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Miyagi Pref. Kamigunkamimachi Ajinomoto and Japanese original 1-9
    Yakurai Garden is a large garden covering an area of around 150,000 square meters, located at the foot of Mt. Yakurai. There are eight themed gardens, including a cherry tree garden, rose garden and herb garden, with over 400 different plant species. At the garden shop, visitors can purchase a wide range of products, including English rose cuttings and scented gift items, etc. There is also an activity center where visitors can take flower arranging classes, etc., and there are also flower decorated cake making activities for elementary school students. Yakurai Garden is place that is sure to leave visitors with great memories.
  • Yanaizu Kokuzouson Temple
    Travel / Tourism
    Miyagi Pref. Tomeshi Tsuyamachouyanaidu Oyanaidu 63
    Yanaizu Kokuzouson Temple is a historic temple that, according to tradition, was founded in 807 A.D. by Tokuitsu Daishi. The main object of veneration in the Temple is the statue of “Fukuchiman Kokuzo Bosatsu” that is said to have been carved by the bodhisattva Gyoki, praying three times after each stroke of the blade. The statues of guardian deities Mahakala and Vaisravana that are positioned on the left and right sides of the main statue are said to be the work of Kobo Daishi. There are a number of mysterious legends relating to the Temple, including the legends of the moon-viewing well and the pine tree of child-bearing, etc.; these legends are collectively referred to as the “Seven Mysteries of Kokuzozon.” The Temple has a café which offers irori hearth-cooked cuisine, and which is a great place to take a rest after worshipping at or visiting the Temple.
  • Himawari no Oka (Sunflower Hill)
    Travel / Tourism
    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
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • A la Datena Michinoeki
    34 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

    This place was initially developed by the ex mayor of Iwadeyama town which is now a part of Osaki city. The place has a good collection of local fresh products. The fast food is always fresh and the...

  • Toyoma Jinjo Elementary School Building
    Travel / Tourism
    Miyagi Pref. Tomeshi Toyomamachiteraike Sakurakouji 6
    A history museum located in the Tome-cho neighborhood of Tome City, known as Miyagi Prefecture's Meiji Village due to its many historical buildings. The museum conveys what education was like for a typical Japanese school student from the Meiji to the Taisho periods. The building itself was a real elementary school building in 1888. The school was designed by Kisaburo Yamazoe, the first Japanese person to travel to the west to study architecture. Inside, real desks and chairs from the school's heyday as well as life-sized mannequins show what schooling looked like at the time.
  • Roadside Station Rinrinkan
    Travel / Tourism
    Miyagi Pref. Tomeshi Touwachouyonekawa Rokutan 33-1
    This roadside station in on National Route 346 in Tome City, Miyagi Prefecture. A river flowing beside the road and is known for its fireflies. Ceramics and wooden products are on display in a cozy circular building made of local wood. Their Mori no Chaya restaurant offers the udon-like local delicacy hatto as well as aburafu deep-fried wheat gluten rice bowls. There's a shop in the restaurant selling local vegetables.
  • Roadside Station Tsuyama Mokumoku Land
    Travel / Tourism
    Miyagi Pref. Tomeshi Tsuyamachouyokoyama Hosoya 26-1
    A roadside station standing along National Route 45 in Tsuyama-cho, Tome City. The station has a farm-fresh shop where you can buy local ingredients such as real wasabi grown with pure, clean water. The Mokumoku Land craft shop sells charming crafts made with local woods. Professional craftspeople frequently hold craft class events here. The Kirikuchi restaurant serves hatto nabe hotpot, a local specialty, as well as aburafu-don rice bowls, a favorite local cheap eat.

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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