Welcome to Miyagi prefecture, the access hub of Japan’s north area! Best known for its large and important city Sendai, Miyagi has a surprisingly wide array of natural and cultural treasures in store for international visitors. During the Edo period (17-19th century), Miyagi was under the direct control of the powerful samurai Date Masamune who ruled from the Aoba Castle in Sendai. The entire region flourished and multiple important cultural assets were built, including the wonderful Zuiganji and Entsuin Temples, the Zuihoden Mausoleum and the classical-style tea house Kanrantei. Just outside of Miyagi visitors can enjoy the impressive view of one of Japan’s Three Best Scenic Sights: Matsushima Bay, a cliff-rugged coastal area dotted with pine tree islands. Famous haiku poet Matsuo Basho received inspiration from Matsushima’s harmonious natural landscape.
Further north in Miyagi visitors will find the breath-taking Naruko Onsen, a quiet hot spring town built along a scenic river gorge. This hidden gem offers one of the best opportunities for experiencing traditional Japanese culture in various forms: local crafts, healing natural spring water, delicious eco-friendly food, tea ceremony, Zen meditation and much more!
Miyagi’s picturesque Pacific coast (Sanriku Kaigan) is another point of interest. The coastline received the biggest damage during the 2011 Tohoku tsunami, but today visitors can discover multiple little fishermen towns, dramatic cliffs, and some of Japan’s most delicious seafood!
The rural train leaves the town of Osaki behind and slowly enters the tranquil natural realm of Naruko Gorge. Gradually the landscape changes to reveal a dramatic ravine where the forested hills shine in fiery colours under the autumn sun.read more
Widely known as home to one of Japan’s most scenic views, the cliff-rugged coastal area of Miyagi has experienced both the beneficial influence and the disastrous power of water. Local people have long held faith in the natural blessings offered by the gigantic ocean on which they rely on survival.read more