Abundant tastes from mountains and sea. Experience the journey in to Tohoku’s history and culture.
Enjoy beautiful nature of Matsushima and Zao and scenic spots of Sendai.

Full of thrills! Non stop sound of falling water

Akiu Great Falls (Akiu Otaki)

Akiu Great Falls is one of the best three great falls of Japan along with Nachi Falls and Kegon Falls. Non stop sound of water falling and a gaze in to the depth of the falls will bring you a great thrill. The great falls of 55m in height and 6m in width, Akiu Great Falls was chosen as one of Japan’s top 10 waterfalls and also was designated as National Site of Scenic Beauty. You can walk down the slope by the Fudotaki bridge to the waterfall basin.

Akiu Great Falls (Akiu Otaki)

Address: Miyagi Prefecture Sendai-shi Taihaku-ku Akiumachibaba aza Otaki
Open hours: 7 days a week, all year
Closed: open 7 days a week, all year
Access: about 10 min. walk from Akiu Great Falls parking lot
URL: http://www.city.sendai.jp/kensetsu/ryokka/midori100/guide/077/077.html (Japanese)

  464 672 716

About 49 minutes in the general road
Distance of about 38.5km

Let’s go experience the fantastical rime on trees!

Miyagi Zao Ski resort, Sumikawa Snow Park

At the altitude higher than 1,100m, there appears a vast panoramic view ski resort and beautiful nature of Zao. The ski resort provides various slopes for skiers of different levels. Beginner’s slope allows you to relax and ski through frost covered trees, and deep powder snow slopes are for advanced skiers. The ski resort also provides sightseeing tours of rime on trees on snowmobile every day. Further provides trekking tours in the snow mountains and ski journeys in the vast nature. No doubt satisfying every guest’s playful spirit. One-day lift ticket is 3,300 yen per person (adult).

Miyagi Zao Ski resort, Sumikawa Snow Park

Address: Miyagi Prefecture Katta-gun, Zao-machi Togatta-onsen aza Kuraishidake National Forest
Telephone: 0224-87-2610
Open hours: 9:00am to 4:00pm (closes at 4:30pm from March 1 to April 6)
Closed: open 7 days a week, all year
Access: about 27km drive from Tohoku Expressway Shiraishi Interchange
URL: http://www.zao-sumikawa.jp/(Japanese, Chinese machine translation)

  569 494 015

About 25 minutes in the general road
Distance of about 12.3km

Experience the traditional wooden handcraft

Miyagi Zao Kokeshi (tranditional wooden doll)-kan Museum

Very famous Kokeshi doll handcraft was originated during the Edo Period in Tohoku region. Kokeshi dolls have simple but adorable appearance. The Kokeshi-kan museum was built to hand down the art of traditional handcraft. The museum offers Kokeshi doll drawing and coloring class (about 40 minute course) where you can make your own original Kokeshi doll. Fee for the class is 750 yen per person. Admission fee to the museum is 300 yen per person.

Miyagi Zao Kokeshi-kan Museum

Address: Miyagi Prefecture Zaomachi Togatta-onsen Shinchi Nishiurayama 36-135
Telephone: 0224-34-2385
Open hours: 9:00am to 5:00pm (the entrance closes at 4:30pm, closes at 3:00pm during new year holidays)
Closed: open 7 days a week, all year
Access: about 16km from Tohoku Expressway Shiraishi Interchange
URL: http://www.zao-machi.com/27 (Japanese)

  464 129 188

About 1 hour and 12 minutes by toll road
Distance of about 69.5km

The season has arrived! All you can eat oyster

Matsushima Tourism Association, Oyster House

Opened only during the oyster season, October through March, you can enjoy fresh oyster BBQ sizzling on a grill at the Oyster House. Combo A includes all you can eat fresh oyster with shells (50 min.) and oyster rice (reservation needed by the day before): 3,000 yen per person. Combo B includes all you can eat fresh oyster with shells (40 min, reservation for the same day can be made at the Oyster House): 2,000 yen per person.

Matsushima Tourist Information, Oyster House

Address: Miyagi Prefecture Miyagi-gun, Matsushima-machi Matsushima aza Higashihama 12-5 (Hotel Ubudo, in front of Komatsukan Kofutei)
Telephone: 0120‐733‐530 (Matsushima Tourism Association)
Open hours: 10:45am to 3:00pm (reservation for the same day can be made between 9:00am and 1:00pm at the Oyster House)
Closed: during year-end and new year period (from December 24 to January 3)
Access: about 5km from Sanriku Expressway Matsushima-kaigan Interchange
URL: http://www.matsushima-kanko.com/event/detail.php?id=108 (Japanese)

  110 443 172

About 12 minutes in the general road
Distance of about 1.0km

Zen temple of Masamune DATE

Zuigan-ji Temple

This zen temple was originally founded in 828 AD (5th year of Tencho) by Jikaku Daishi. What we see now is the temple buildings rebuilt by Masamune Date from 1609 AD (14th year of Keicho) onward with reference to Momoyama architecture style. It took 5 years to rebuild. The main hall of the temple is currently under restoration until March, 2016 and is closed. However, the national treasure museum is opened to public for special exhibition. The tall cedar trees along the path leading to the temple buildings bring fresh and clean atmosphere. Admission fee is 700 yen per person (adult). Here, you can also experience hand-copying of Buddhist scriptures (Shyakyo).

Zuigan-ji temple

Address: Miyagi Prefecture Miyagi-gun Matsushima-machi Matsushima-chonai 91
Telephone: 022‐354‐2023
Open hours: 8:00am to 5:00pm (gate closes at 3:30pn in December and January, gate closes at 4:00pm in February, the closing time differs from time to time)
Closed: open 7 days a week, all year
Access: about 5km from Sanriku Expressway Matsushima-kaigan Interchange (no parking lot provided)
URL: http://www.zuiganji.or.jp/ (Japanese)

  110 442 287

About 9 minutes in the general road
Distance of about 750m

The island where the name “Matsushima” was originated

Oshima

This island used to be a place where Buddhist monks carry out their disciplinary training. It is said there were 108 caves, and about 50 caves remain today. Red lacquered bridge, Togetsu-kyo, brings you to Oshima. The board monument of heavenly world on the island is to pray for the dead. This is a place full of spirit.
A beautiful view of islands of Matsushima can be seen from here.

Oshima Island

Address: Miyagi Prefecture Miyagi-gun, Matsushima-machi Matsushima-kaigan
Telephone: 022-354-5708 (Matsushimamachi Industrial Tourism Section)
Open hours: free sightseeing
Closed: open 7 days a week, all year
Access: about 12km from Sanriku Expressway Matsushima-kaigan Interchange
URL: http://www.matsushima-kanko.com/zhcn/ (Chinese)
http://www.matsushima-kanko.com/miryoku/shima/oshima.html (Japanese)

  110 412 446

About 8 minutes in the general road
Distance of about 650m

Symbol of Matsushima, this temple houses statues of Godai Myoo (five great statues of Myoo)

Godaido Temple

This temple is Bishamon-do temple founded in 807 AD (2nd year of Daido) by Sakanoue Tamuramaro. What we see now is the temple buildings rebuilt by Masamune Date from 1604 AD (9th year of Keicho) onward. As of today, this is the oldest Momoyama style architecture in Tohoku region and is designated as National important cultural property.
Admission is free. Godaido Temple has been a symbol of Matsushima, and the view of Godaido Temple sitting in snow has its peculiar beauty.

Godaido Temple

Address: Miyagi Prefecture Matsushima-machi Matsushima aza chonai 111
Telephone: 022-354-2023 (Zuigan-ji Temple)
Open hours: 8:00am to 5:00pm (approximately)
Closed: open 7 days a week, all year
Access: about 5km from Sanriku Expressway Matsushima-kaigan Interchange
URL: http://www.matsushima-kanko.com/zhcn/zekkei.html (Chinese)

  110 443 153

About 47 minutes by toll road
Distance of about 41.0km

Esquestrian statue of Masamune DATE

Sendai Castle Site

Sendai Castle was founded in 1610 AD (15th year of Keicho) by Masamune DATE, the first lord of Sendai Domain. You can feel the history by just looking at the stone walls and the turret (which was restored) by the Otemon Gate, the turret being a defensive building that stands by the gate). From Aoba Park, you can see the panoramic view of Sendai City and the Pacific Ocean. The statue of Masamune DATE which stands at the castle tower is truly one of the sightseeing spots representing Sendai.

Sendai Castle Site

Address: Miyagi Prefecture Sendai-shi Aoba-ku Kawauchi chinai
Telephone: 022-214-8259 (Sendai City Tourism Exchange Section)
Open hours: open 7 days a week, all year
Closed: open 7 days a week, all year
Access: about 3.4km from JR Sendai Station
URL: http://www.sentabi.jp/tw/tourist/sendaijouato.html (Chinese)

  21 613 033

About a 35-minute walk
Distance of about 2.6km

Where the spirit of Masamune DATE rests

Zuihoden

Zuihoden is the house (Otamaya) where the spirit of Masamune DATE, the lord of Sendai Domain, rests. Its architectural style being greatly influenced by the culture of Momoyana Period, it’s rich and luxurious appearance still remains after restoration. In the area surrounded by Japanese cedar trees, there also sit Kansenden and Zennoden. Their gorgeous rich ornaments will take your breath away. Admission fee is 550 yen per person (adult)

Zuihoden

Address: Miyagi Prefecture Sendai-shi Aoba-ku Otamayashita 23-2
Telephone: 022-262-6250
Open hours: 9:00am through 4:00pm (closes at 4:30pm from February to November)
Closed: from December 31 to January 1
Access: about 4km from JR Sendai Station
URL: http://www.sentabi.jp/cn/tourist/zuihouden.html (Chinese)

  21 584 791

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