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Nature Spots in Naruko / Osaki / Tome Area

  • Naruko Gorge
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    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.
  • Mt. Kurikoma
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    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.
  • Himawari no Oka (Sunflower Hill)
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    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
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    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.
  • Onikobe Kanketsusen
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    Miyagi Pref. Osakishi Narukonsenonikoube Fukiage 12
    Visitors can view geysers at this facility about 20 minutes by car from the JR Rikuu Tosen Line's Naruko-Onsen Station. You can view two geysers up close: the 15-meter high Benten which erupts at 10-minute intervals, and the two or three-meter-high Unryu which erupts every 20 to 30 minutes. Their eatery serves Okowa Teishoku set meals featuring onsen tamago eggs with their characteristic soft whites. There's also an area where you can try making onsen tamago yourself. It's closed for winter from December to late March.
  • Sekaiyachi Wild Flower Garden
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    Miyagi Kurihara-shi
    "A 50-minute drive from the Wakayanagi Kannari interchange on the Tohoku Expressway. This large wetland area sprawling on Mt. Kurikoma between 669 and 707 meters above sea level is a treasure trove of alpine plants. Sekaiyachi means ""vast wetland."" There are wooden walkways in the area, and from May to September, visitors can encounter Enkianthus campanulatus, Japanese azaleas, hare's-tail cottongrass, and a variety of other alpine plants. The area is particularly famous nationwide for its large patch of Nikko day lilies which color the wetlands orange with their blossoms. The area is also popular in part because of its convenience, being located just a five minute walk from the nearest parking area."
  • Gyosha Falls
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    Miyagi Kurihara-shi
  • Mt.Funagata
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    Miyagi Kami-gun Shikamacho , Miyagi Sendai-shi Izumi-ku , Yamagata Obanazawa-shi
  • Mt.Yakurai
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    Miyagi
  • Mt.Nonodake
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    Miyagi
  • Mt.Arao
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    Miyagi
  • Azabu Valley
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    Miyagi Kurihara-shi
  • Ushibuchi Valley
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    Miyagi Kurihara-shi
  • Kawadai Valley
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    Miyagi Kurihara-shi Kurikoma Numakura Tamayama
  • Shikama Otaki
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    Miyagi Kami-gun Shikamacho Koguriyama Univ. Funagatayama 1 Chinai
  • Lake Arao
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    Miyagi Osaki-shi
  • Hataori Numa
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    Miyagi Tome-shi Towacho Nishikiori Uchinome
  • Kabukurinuma
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    Miyagi Pref. Osaki City Tajiri-kabukuri Douborishita
  • Kirifusenuma
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    Miyagi Pref. Osaki City Tajiri-onuki Kirifuse
  • Byodounuma
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    Miyagi Pref. Tome City Yoneyamacho Sakuraokakaimachii

Miyagi Main Areas

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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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