Spots in Zao / Shiroishi Area

  • Shiroishi Castle
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    4.0
    162 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.

    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...

  • Michinoku Lakewood National Government Park
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    4.5
    101 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Miyagi Prefecture Shibata-gun, Kawasaki-machi
    Located near Lake Kamafusa, this is Tohoku’s most extensive public park administered by the national government. It is becoming a popular sightseeing spot since it is close to sightseeing areas such as Akiu Onsen. Visitors can experience Tohoku’s nature and culture, and it is worth seeing the flowers that bloom across the four seasons. Tulips in the spring, and the fields of cosmos flowers that bloom from summer to autumn fill the park with color.

    I visited this park at the end of April when the flowers were at their full bloom. the view is really exceptional and amazing, I think this park deserves to be considered as one of the marvels of...

  • Takekoma-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    47 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Miyagi Pref. Iwanumashi Inarichou 1-1
    Inari Shrine in the center of Iwanuma City, is located about an 11 minute walk from Iwanuma Station. It is regarded as one of Japan’s three main Inari shrines, and is also known as “Takekoma Inari”. The shrine was established in 842, when Ono no Takamura was sent as the new lord of Mutsu who also wrote for the ogura hyakunin-isshu poems. It is a popular shrine with the first or second most visitors worshipping the god of food, clothing and shelter for the first prayer of the year every year. In addition, the “Hatsu Uma Festival” is held for seven days from the first Uma (horse) day (the seventh day of the twelve horary signs) of February (lunar calendar). The festival represents the first sign of spring and the shrine bustles with many visitors from both within and outside the prefecture.

    We were in Iwanuma to celebrate our sons wedding at this shrine. Few words can describe the overall experience of celebrating a traditional Japanese wedding at one of the most stunning shrines in...

  • 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.
  • Togatta Onsen Kami no Yu
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    4.0
    33 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Miyagi Pref. Kattagunzaoumachi Togattaonsennakamachi 32
    A 20 minute drive from the Shiroishi interchange on the Tohoku Expressway heading towards Zao. This is one of two public bathhouses in the Togatta Onsen hot spring district known since ancient times as a destination for religious mountain climbing and therapeutic bathing. The bathhouse' men's and women's bathing areas, enshrouded in the fragrance of cypress from Aomori, both have a very hot and a lukewarm bath. The bathhouse also has a free footbath outdoors. The waters of the bathhouse' sodium calcium-sulfate chloride springs are soft and said to treat such ailments as nerve pain, rheumatism, and women's diseases.

    遠刈田のシンボル。共同浴場です。皆さんの言う通り、めちゃくちゃ熱いです!草津よりも熱いのでは?と思いました。共同浴場裏の山には温泉神社もあるので、登ってみてからここで汗を流すのも良いです。

  • Koseki Family Samurai Residence
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    4.0
    47 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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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    3.5
    17 Reviews
    Transportation
    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。

  • Aeon Mall Natori
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    4.0
    24 Reviews
    Shopping
    Miyagi Natori-shi Morisekinoshita 5-chome 3-banchi no 1
    A large shopping mall attached to Morisekinoshita Station on the Sendai Airport Access Line. The three-story building houses over 200 specialty stores and amusement facilities. With direct covered access from the second floor to the Morisekinoshita Station the mall is known for enjoyable stress-free shopping. With a post office, nursery school, dentist clinic and child rearing support facilities the mall is a place for a ride range of local residents to gather, interact, and have an enjoyable time.

    We took train come here for good shopping experience but nothing really worth to buy n special, food court is poor, less choices for visitor outside Japan, its just a shopping centre in town, dont...

  • Zao Town Traditional Industry Hall (Miyagi Zao Kokeshi Hall)
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    4.0
    31 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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

  • Miyagi Zao Eboshi Resort
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    4.0
    15 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Miyagi Pref. Kattagunzaoumachi Togattaonsen Kuraishi-dake National Forest
    This is Miyagi Prefecture’s largest ski resort. It has 10 runs of different sizes including the Dynamic Course which is 4,300 meters in length with a difference in height of 700 meters. There are no snowboard restrictions. There is also a kids’ slope as well as ones for beginners. The resort plans events for each weekend of the ski season; a particular example is the snow fireworks display at the end of January. The resort is also used as a trekking course in the off-season. There is a taro potato stew party in September.

    小さい様で十分楽しめるスキー場でした。新雪を踏み荒らした後を滑って重たかったけど、蔵王温泉スキー場の帰りに寄った此処は流しながら滑るのに快適でした。料金も安く、食堂もそれぞれ頑張ってる感ありです。雪質は初めての事ですが何処も良し悪しは天候次第。今回は晴天で快適でした。終了は15:45早めだけど、利用者数からして当然。仙台からの若者が了解する手頃な場所でしょう。我旅人は再び訪れるかどうか判らないので...

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Yuriage Port Morning Market
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    4.0
    5 Reviews
    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.

    朝市をしていないとき平日は雰囲気はさみしいですがおいしい海鮮が1000円前後で食べれてお勧めです。わかめのおつまみはおみあげにいいです。

  • Tontonnooka Mochibutakan Main Shop
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    4.0
    9 Reviews
    Shopping
    Miyagi Pref. Shibatagunogawaramachi Nittera Kita 185-11
    This store is located about five minutes by car from Ogawara Station on the Tohoku Main Line. They sell premium Waton Mochibuta pork raised on their own farm, ham, and sausages, as well as local Sennan agricultural produce and crafts. Waton Mochibuta pork is tender and lightly fatty, without any of pork's strong odor, with a flavor that Japanese people love. It was awarded the grand prize at the 33rd Japan Agricultural Awards in 2004 for thorough sanitation management and their effort surrounding it. Their dining area serves such Waton Mochibuta dishes as cutlets of pork loin or fillets.

    旧・奥州街道をランニングで制覇した際に立ち寄りました。大河原宿で中断し、いい湯でお風呂を浴びてここでビールと美味しい豚肉、ソーセージを!心も体も癒されました。

  • Greenpia Iwanuma
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    4.0
    12 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Miyagi Pref. Iwanumashi Kitahase Crossing 1-1
    A sports and activity facility located a six kilometer-drive from Iwanuma Station on the JR Joban Line in Iwanuma City, Miyagi Prefecture. Facilities include a forest where you can walk and take in seasonal wild flowering plants; a pool building with a heated pool and training room; a sports house building with a gymnasium and dance room; and outdoor tennis, futsal, and gateball areas. There's also a day trip artificial hot spring bathhouse and a restaurant offering a barbecue plan, ensuring visitors can spend a whole, fun- and activity-filled day here.

    用事の途中で宮城県にあるグリーンピア岩沼に行ってきました。複合施設でプールなど様々な施設が入っています。

  • Kanahebisui-jinja Shrine (Golden Snake Shrine)
    Travel / Tourism
    Miyagi Pref. Iwanumashi Miroyoshi Suijin 7
    This shrine, located about 10 minutes by car from Iwanuma Station that worships the god of golden snakes. It has been introduced by the media as a power spot for good fortune, and has gathered faith since long ago as a god of business prosperity, good fortune with money, warding off evil and bringing luck, as well as maritime safety. In the precincts there is a historic peony garden with 1,500 bushes planted, in the season of colorful wisteria and azalea in the middle of May, the “Flower Festival” is held and the shrine is crowded with many visitors. Also, there is a soba kitchen using shrine underwater spring water to make freshly made soba noodles that visitors can enjoy in the rest area.
  • Shiroishi Castle History Museum
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    3.5
    11 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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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    3.5
    12 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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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    3.5
    10 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    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.

  • Ogawara Natural Hot Spring Ii-Yu
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    4.0
    9 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Miyagi Pref. Shibatagunogawaramachi Nittera Kita 185-11
    "An eight kilometer, 10-minute drive from the Shiroishi interchange on the Tohoku Expressway. This day trip hot spring bathhouse is located on Tonton no Oka, a naturally lush hill surrounded by undeveloped woodland on the western side of Ogawara Town. The bathhouse constantly replenishes its tubs from a source spring ""kakenagashi"" style and without the use of any added waters. The waters of the bathhouse' natural spring are alkaline and soft; gentle on the skin, they are also said to have skin beautifying properties. The old fashioned Japanese home-style bathhouse building is filled with warm, welcoming wooden fixtures. Customers can enjoy one of two bathing areas - the stone Ishi no Yu and the wood Ki no Yu; which is the men's and which is the women's bathing area alternates on a weekly basis. The bathhouse' restaurant serves an abundant variety of dishes, including vaunted Mochibuta pork cuisine."

    Locals onsen - seriously hot! Basic facilities -take your own toietries. Main bath really hot, smaller one was too hot for me to manage! Long foot bath outside.

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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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