Top Attractions in Miyagi Prefecture
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- I understand how people are up and down about the factory tour. It's 40+ minutes on the train from Sendai and then if you're not there during the weekend you have another 30-40 minutes walking to get into the hall. I did it on a day where it was probably 33°C and I'd already gone to see Yamadera. The humidity in the area is oppressive, and one of the Japanese tourists told me the area was picked in part for the humidity and how it would help create a great whiskey.
Japanese tours can be a little cold. You have to look at things through windows and a lot of what goes on in a distillery is just looking at pipes and tanks. You don't even get to see the Coffey still, though they will point out the building. I've heard that the VIP tour gets to see a barrel being charred, but you have to be a VIP in the minds of Nikka Whiskey, not in your own mind.
The best part is after the tour. There's a small bar where you can get short pours of Nikka for very little money. Where else can you even find Taketsuru 12, 17, and 21 and when I went the short pour of 21 was only ¥500! There was even a special edition Taketsuru that was ¥7,000 for a very short pour and I was glad I tried it.
I'd recommend finding a non-driving way to get there so you can taste a little of everything. During the tour they tell you there's three types of Yoichi that they blend to make the single malt (it's my understanding that they sort the barrels into different flavor categories) and I had a taste of the Peaty and Salty was worth tasting on its own.
Just remember, it might seem long way to go but just going from Osaka to Kyoto is going to take you longer and to me those cities are right next to each other.Written September 8, 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Walking distance from the city center, it was a nice side trip. Brightly colored almost to the point of excess, they are nonetheless interesting to see. They've clearly been rebuilt not all that long ago. The forest setting is lovely.Written October 27, 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- There is a place in the world where the Internet has manifested itself in physical form: Tashirojima. On this island, people believe that feeding cats will bring you good fortune and luck, and now the cat population outnumbers the human one 6 to 1. There is even a cat shrine you can visit.Written November 19, 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- This avenue is tree lined and has a median area walkway also tree lined. There are a few statues in the median. The trees are lit up in mid to late December for a few hours in the evening. Right as the lights are turned on, the place is jam packed with people but afterwards the crowds thin out. I'm told there is one pink light and if you can find it, your romantic wish will come true. The trees are yellow in the Fall and green in the summer. There are some stores and restaurants as well as parks along this avenue. It's a good 30 minute walk from Sendai station or you can take the subway. I often get off here toward the end of the Loople Line and walk from here back to Sendai station.Written May 1, 2018This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- I visited this place during autumn season a couple times.
The matching with autumn leaves and bridge is perfect to capture.
It’s also nice to hike in the beautiful autumn leaves.
It's not hard to drive here despite the mountain.Written July 22, 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Only 40mins away from Sendai station, many of the attractions in Matsushima is within easy walking distance. Of course, being popular with tourists, you may find things a little crowded, but you can go to some of the smaller islands like Ojima without encountering crowds. If you want, you can take the boat cruise to get up and personal with some of the many islands that dot the bay, although you can skip that and just as happily see them from the shore.Written December 9, 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Kesennuma is a small town and famous for their fishing business. This market worth to have a look despite you have to get up very early (5 am). We got the opportunity to see how fish is option. I was surprised that the place is so clear.Written May 17, 2017This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- We love the Rakuten Eagles. The stadium is a 20 min walk from the station, or take a 100 yen shuttle there on game day. A kids park with the only ferris wheel at a baseball stadium in Japan makes this fun for families. The Eagles are not doing so well this year--so, four stars!Written April 30, 2018This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- The walk past the temple to the observation deck is not far or difficult. If you want, you can take a trail down to the bottom of the Falls. The view of the falls is very nice and there is a tea house there too. It is a popular attraction so parking was tight but the paths were not overly crowded.Written November 15, 2016This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- A "single chairlift" hauled me up the slope at a leisurely pace. 750 yen (return) was a lot cheaper than most lifts around the world. The dragonflies hitched lifts and kept me company. The crater was clouded over but since it was just 22'C at the top it was 30'C at Zao and 35'C in Yamagata City.Written August 5, 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Serene. Amazing autumn colors. Housing the mausoleum of Date Mitsumune. Must visit while in Matsushima bay area.Written November 29, 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- We drove to the Osaki Hachiman-gu Shrine in the northeastern section of the city of Sendai. Our rental car GPS took us correctly to the shrine’s parking lot behind the main shrine building. From there, it’s a five-minute walk to the main shrine building.
Like the Zuiho-den Mausoleum, the Shrine was also constructed in the late Azuchi Momoyama Period (1573-1603, completed in 1607) with a major financial help by Lord Daté Masamune, the first of the Sendai Fiefdom.
The shrine buildings are all painted with pitch black Japanese lacquer (urushi). This is very unusual for Shinto shrines anywhere in Japan. The uniqueness of this shrine construction and decoration made it a National Treasure in 1952.
The deities of the Hachiman-gu shrine are aligned with some of the earliest mythical imperial family members of Japan and guardians of warriors, farmers and fishermen. The name Osaki is from the family that brought the Hachiman deities to the Sendai area.
Incidentally, it is strongly encouraged to offer some funds when one visits a shrine or a temple like this where there is no admission fee. In the central section of the front of the shrine building is a large box to throw some money in. Just learn it from Japanese prayers near you. Traditionally the Japanese people offer some small amount of change before start praying to the deity of a shrine or a temple. You’re not a follower of the shrine or the temple, so the money is not for praying, but for a small compensation by you for the maintenance. An appropriate amount today should be JPY100 – 200 per person.Written May 29, 2017This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- After the walk up the hill, we got to the Shrine and Garden - where the Cherry Blossom was starting to come out (some in full bloom, some still in bud).
After reading about the 2011 Tsunami that hit Ishinomaki and the photos of the people in waterproofs standing there and looking down, it must have been horrendous and I must confess I shed a tear and had a momentWritten April 21, 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.