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Miyagi

Days needed: 2–3
Approximately 90 minutes from Tokyo on the Tōhoku Shinkansen

The largest city in the Tohoku region, Sendai, is located in Miyagi Prefecture. Among the prefecture's abundance of natural scenic beauty are Matsushima—one of the three most famous views of Japan— and the breathtaking Zao. Blessed with mountains and the sea, Miyagi has a treasure trove of fresh foods. Some of the favorites are beef tongue from Sendai, shark fin from Kesennuma, and oysters from Matsushima.

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Last Updated: 2021-8-26

Travel for less to Sendai by using a pass

JR EAST PASS (Tohoku area)

5 days of unlimited travel for ¥20,000
* Foreigners living in Japan can also purchase a JR EAST PASS!

Recommended Sights

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Map of Miyagi

Picture of Naruko-onsen-kyo Hot Spring Village

Naruko-onsen-kyo Hot Spring Village

Naruko-onsen-kyo Hot Spring Village
A hot spring village with more than 1100 years of history.
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Picture of Jozenji-dori Avenue

Jozenji-dori Avenue

Jozenji-dori Avenue
Although Sendai is a major metropolis, this "City of Trees" retains a close connection to the environment highlighted by the Hirose River flowing through the city center. A stroll along Jozenji-dori Avenue is the ideal way to see for yourself why Sendai got its nickname.
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Picture of Sendai Castle Ruins (Aoba-jo)

Sendai Castle Ruins (Aoba-jo)

Sendai Castle Ruins (Aoba-jo)
Statue of Date Masamune on horseback at Sendai Castle Ruins
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Picture of Okama Observatory

Zao Okama

Zao Okama
Zao Okama, symbol of Zao
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Picture of Izunuma

Izunuma

Izunuma

During the summer, this lake is covered in large lotus flowers. In winter, you can enjoy the spectacular scene and sound of hundreds of thousands of migratory birds as they take to the skies.

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Picture of seafood rice bowls

Seafood rice bowls

Seafood in Southern Sanriku
Seafood rice bowls lavishly filled with fresh seafood
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Picture of Manga no Kuni – Ishinomaki

Manga no Kuni – Ishinomaki

Manga no Kuni – Ishinomaki
Ishinomaki is a city where the manga (comic book) artist Shotaro Ishinomori spent a great deal of time. He is representative of Japan's manga artists and is known for such works as "Kamen Rider." The main street extending roughly a kilometer from outside Ishinomaki Station to Ishinomori Manga Museum in Nakaze Park is called Manga Road.
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Picture of Matsushima Bay

Matsushima Bay

Matsushima Bay
A cruise around the islands of Matsushima Bay
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Picture of Zao Fox Village

Zao Fox Village 

Zao Fox Village 

Zao Fox Village is home to more than 100 foxes of six different species and is one of the few places in the world where visitors can interact with them.

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Miyagi Model Sightseeing Course

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Miyagi: Visit one of the three most famous views of Japan, Matsushima, and indulge in a variety of culinary delights 2 Days 1 Nighit

  • Photo courtesy: Miyagi Prefecture Tourism Promotion Office
  • Photo courtesy: Miyagi Prefecture Tourism Promotion Office

Matsushima Bay is known as one of the three most famous views of Japan. Take a tour around Matsushima Bay on a large sightseeing boat and see the 260 plus islands decorating the bay. There are also many famous sightseeing spots, such as Zuiganji Temple and Godaido Temple, both closely related to Masamune Date, and plenty of places to savor local delicacies such as oysters and beef tongue skewers. Enjoy a journey full of history and culinary delights.

2 Days 1 Night Model Course

First Day
9:00Take the Tōhoku Shinkansen from Tōkyō Station.
10:30Arrive at Sendai Station.
11:00Take the Senseki Line from Sendai Station
11:301Arrive at Hon-Shiogama Station
12:00Enjoy 1sushi lunch and take a walk around Hon-Shiogama Station
14:001Board a sight-seeing boat from Marine Gate Shiogama (10-minute walk from Hon-Shiogama Station)
15:00Arrive at the Matsushima Kaigan Rest House
15:302Visit the Entsuin Temple, Zuiganji Temple, and Godaido Temple. Enjoy making your own Juzu (beadroll). 
17:302Arrive at an inn in Matsushima (Matsushima Onsen). Enjoy dinner and stay for a night.
Second Day
9:002Enjoy shopping at the Matsushima Fish Market.
11:002Enjoy lunch at an oyster bar or a beef tongue skewers place.
13:002Take the Senseki Line from Matsushimakaigan Station to Sendai Station.
13:303Visit the Zuihoden Temple  (15-minute bus ride from Sendai Station, and 5-minute walk from Zuihoden-mae bus stop).
15:00Treat yourself to some  4Zunda mochi teatime around Sendai Station.

Route Map

A Map of Miyagi Model Sightseeing Course

Miyagi: Discover and enjoy the nature of Zao2 Days 1 Night

  • Photo courtesy: Miyagi Prefecture Tourism Promotion Office
  • Photo courtesy: Miyagi Prefecture Tourism Promotion Office

The first day's highlights include the Okama, a circular crater lake symbolic of the Zao Mountains. The lake is also known as the Goshikinuma, the five-color lake with a mysterious natural beauty, as the surface of the lake changes color depending on the weather and other factors. Enjoy a stay in Togatta Onsen, which overlooks the breathtaking backdrop of the Zao Mountains. The second day includes a visit to a unique zoo where more than 100 foxes live free-range in the wilderness, and JR Fruit Park Sendai Arahama, a tourist farm where you can pick seasonal fruits throughout the year. Enjoy a trip filled with nature and plenty of activities.

2 Days 1 Night Model Course

First Day
8:00Take the Tōhoku Shinkansen from Tōkyō Station.
10:00Transfer at Sendai Station and head to Shiroishizaō Station (enjoy a light meal on the train).
10:30Take the Miyagi Transportation Bus from Shiroishizaō Station to Zao Katta Sancho bus stop.
12:001Take a walk around the Okama Crater
13:00Take the Miyagi Transportation Bus from Zao Katta Sancho bus stop to Shiroishi Station.
14:301Enjoy a late lunch around Shiroishi Station2(Shiroishi Umen noodles).
16:30Take the Miyagi Transportation Bus from Shiroishi Station to3 Togatta Onsen.
17:303Arrive and stay at Togatta Onsen for one night.
Second Day
9:003Take a taxi or a Takeya Kotsu bus to Togatta Onsen (about 20 minutes).4Zao Fox Village.
10:00Take a taxi (about 20 minutes) or a Takeya Kotsu bus to Shiroishizaō Station
10:30Take the Tōhoku Shinkansen to Sendai Station from Shiroishizaō Station.
11:00Arrive at Sendai Station.
11:30Enjoy a 5sushi lunch around Sendai Station.
12:30Take the Sendai Subway from Sendai Station to 2Arai Station (about 15 minutes).
Take the Sendai City bus (about 15 minutes) and walk for about 5 minutes to6JR Fruit Park Sendai Arahama.
13:30Enjoy fruit picking and shopping at JR Fruit Park Sendai Arahama. 
15:00Treat yourself to some afternoon teatime at Les Pommes.
16:00Take the Sendai City Bus or Sendai Subway to Sendai Station.

Route Map

A Map of Miyagi Model Sightseeing Course

Travel for less to Sendai by using a pass

JR EAST PASS (Tohoku area)

5 days of unlimited travel for ¥20,000
* Foreigners living in Japan can also purchase a JR EAST PASS!

Local Cuisine

  • Picture of a Minamisanriku Kirakira Don

    Minamisanriku Kirakira Don
    The fish market in Minamisanriku, closed due to the 2011 tsunami, has reopened, and Minamisanriku kirakira don, a rice bowl with octopus and sea urchin from southern Sanriku is once again available. Enjoy the fresh seafood of southern Sanriku, such as harutsuge don with octopus and silver salmon in spring, uni don in summer, akiuma don with returning bonito and fresh eel in autumn, and ikura (salmon egg) don in winter.
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    Beef Tongue
    When talking about Sendai cuisine, one can't forget gyutan (beef tongue), which is recognized in Japan as a traditional dish of Sendai. You can find it at over 100 restaurants in the city. Charcoal-grilled tongue with oxtail soup and mugigohan (white rice and barley), it is said that the more you chew, the better it tastes. Don't miss this Sendai specialty! 

Take a train through Miyagi and see the Tohoku region

JOYFUL TRAINS
The Joyful Train lineup at JR EAST makes riding fun. The POKÉMON with YOU Train lets parents and children have fun together on board.

Route map of Miyagi

POKÉMON with YOU Train: Between Ichinoseki (Iwate) and Kesennuma (Miyagi) Stations

The POKÉMON with YOU Train lets parents and children have fun together on board

Depictions of Pikachu can be found everywhere on the train.
You may be able to find other POKÉMON monsters on the train as well!

Travel for less to Miyagi by using a pass

JR EAST PASS (Tohoku area)

5 days of unlimited travel for ¥20,000
* Foreigners living in Japan can also purchase a JR EAST PASS!

JR East-South Hokkaido Rail Pass

Enjoy Hokkaido (Sapporo and Hakodate) as well! 6 days of unlimited travel for ¥27,000

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