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The scenic route of Miyagi



Think Miyagi, think Zao. While Mt. Zao is renowned for its snow monsters, many did not know that Mt. Zao is shared between Yamagata and Miyagi - with the snow monsters easily accessible only on the former. The next most popular attractions would be Zao Fox Village and Zao Onsen(蔵王温泉郷/ Zao Hot Spring). There are many onsen (hot spring) choices in the area but we stayed at Sansatei.


It’s a short drive from Zao Fox Village, Sansatei is situated in the town of Togatta Onsen. The public bath has both an indoor and outdoor hot spring pool and its bronzy colored water is one of the most soothing soaks we have ever experienced. They also provide assistive chairs for the elderlies & onsen friendly toys to keep children busy; an infant cot is also available in the dressing room.


This small quiet town is pretty well lined with restaurants, giving visitors more dining options for young and old alike. 


Places of interest to visit nearby : 

  • Kami no Yu and Kattamine Shrine - scenic public bath house and shrine.
  • Osaki Hachimangu - a spacious, tranquil shrine in a spread of lush, towering greens.
  • Naruko Gorge - 2 hours drive away from Sansatei, famous for its picturesque autumn panoramic view, it is busiest between summer and fall.



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