Matsushima is known as one of the three most beautiful sites in Japan. Home of the Tanabata-matsuri Festival.
Miyagi Prefecture is situated in the northwestern part of Japan, facing the Pacific Ocean. With Sendai, the capital city, in the center, it is flanked to the south by the Abukuma-gawa River, and to the east, by the Kitakami-gawa River. On the coastal side, intricate shorelines twist to the north while warm beaches extend southward from Matsushima. Along the western inland is a stretch of stunning 1,000 meter-high mountains, the Zao range.
Miyagi, with these elaborate geographical characteristics, has much to attract visitors. These include, but are not limited to, Matsushima, known as one of the three most beautiful sites in Japan, Zao with its rich natural environment, and the Minami Sanriku Kinkasan Quasi-National Park that leads to the saw-toothed Sanriku Fukko National Park.
Throughout the prefecture are natural hot springs - Akiu-onsen, Sakunami-onsen and Naruko-onsen are three favorites. Share the atmosphere that has been enjoyed for generations at these natural hot springs.
In the city of Sendai, a former castle town, sightseeing spots abound, such as Zuiho-den, the mausoleum of Masamune Date who built the castle town, and the ruins of Sendai Castle.
The Tanabata-matsuri Festival, held at the beginning of August, is also not to be missed. Every year this festival alone attracts more than two million spectators to the city.
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Miyagi's Cities & Regions
More on Miyagi Pref.
- Miyagi Official Tourist Information Miyagi Official Tourist Information
- Sendai, Matsushima & Hiraizumi [PDF] Sendai, Matsushima & Hiraizumi [PDF]
- Morioka & Sanriku Fukko National Park [PDF] Morioka & Sanriku Fukko National Park [PDF]
- Zuihoden Museum Zuihoden Museum
- Golden Route: Sendai/Matsushima Golden Route: Sendai/Matsushima
- Sendai Tanabata Matsuri Sendai Tanabata Matsuri