Miyagi's natural attractions include Matsushima, known as one of the three most beautiful sites in Japan, Zao with its rich natural environment, and Minami Sanriku Kinkasan Quasi-National Park that leads to the saw-toothed mountains of Sanriku Fukko National Park. Throughout the prefecture are natural hot spring resorts such as Akiu Onsen, Sakunami Onsen and Naruko Onsen. In the city of Sendai, a former castle town, sightseeing spots abound, such as Zuihoden, the mausoleum of warlord Masamune Date, who built the castle town, and the ruins of Sendai Castle. You might also consider a visit to the mysterious Zao Fox Village, with foxes roaming freely, and the opportunity to hold a fox kit. The Tanabata Festival, held at the beginning of August, attracts more than two million spectators. Visit Miyagi's majestic coastline to sample fresh seafood from some of Japan's most fertile fishing grounds.
You can go from Tokyo to the capital city of Sendai in an hour and a half via the JR Tohoku Shinkansen. Fly domestic from Osaka and Sapporo or standard airlines from Hiroshima, Kobe, Fukuoka and Nagoya. You'll reach Miyagi in just one or two hours.
From Tokyo, take the Komachi, Hayabusa or Hayate shinkansen trains. You'll arrive in Sendai in just over an hour and a half. The slower Yamabiko trains take about two hours. Sendai Airport offers an increasing number of domestic and international flights with competitive prices. Direct low cost carrier (LCC) flights from Taiwan, Osaka and or Sapporo are most popular. However, most larger Japanese cities, such as Nagoya, Okinawa and Hiroshima, are also connected. Local trains and highway or night buses from Tokyo are the cheapest option, each taking about five to six hours. Buses allow a relatively comfortable seat, stop at rest areas, and there is no need to transfer, while the series of local trains offer unmatched views of the Japanese countryside.
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The “Echo Line” road reopens, still flanked by walls of snow, while over 1,000 cherry trees burst into color along the Shiroshi River.
Miyagi is at its liveliest, with a famous island-dotted bay, towering waterfall, the nation’s largest cooking pot, Cat Island and a Tanabata festival all compete for your attention.
Fall means leaves aflame with color blanketing Naruko Gorge, warming up in the prefecture's many hot springs and dancing to the music of the Jozenji-dori Street Jazz Festival.
The frigid cold turns trees into fantastical “snow monsters” and Fox Village is enveloped in white. Holiday illuminations brighten the nights, and wallets lighten at bargain sales.