The land colorfully manifests its vitality
Countless lotus flowers filling the lake, mountains covered by autumn leaves, wild onsen hot springs splashing along a stream… the land of Northern Miyagi resonates with strong sense of life. Enjoy seasonal spectacles and a culture that has developed hand-in-hand with the land, such as onsen hot springs, rice farming, and a samurai culture that later became the foundation of the Sendai clan.
Only for a short period during summer, the entirety of lake Izunuma is covered by lotus flowers, presenting a stunning, unearthly landscape. Boat through the lotus flowers for and be completely surrounded by the heavenly blossoms.
Mountains in Northern Miyagi are popular hiking destinations together with characteristic cultural activities that are available in the region. Mt. Kurikoma is renowned for its magnificent autumn leaves, covering the mountains in vivid colors each autumn.
Northern Miyagi features Naruko, a prime region for hot springs of a variety and quality unmatched in Japan. The region has a long-standing tradition of toji, in which people, typically after long period of hard physical labor, come to Naruko for a couple of weeks or longer to relax and refresh themselves in simple rooms.
Northern Miyagi includes Iwadeyama, a place that nurtured Masamune Date, the samurai who later founded Sendai. Even after his move to Sendai, this area remained an important cultural center, and the long tradition of samurai reign left a lasting influence, as seen in Yubikan, the oldest remaining school building in Japan that is now open to public.
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