108:58 Sendai Station
08:58 Shinkansen train to arrive at Furukawa Station at 9:11.
8-minute wait at Furukawa Station
209:19 Furukawa Station
9:19 train from Furukawa Station arrives at Iwadeyama Station at 09:37
39:37 Iwadeyama Station
409:50 Bamboo Craft Museum (45 minutes)
Try a hands-on experience related to Iwadeyama's traditional bamboo crafts (reservation required), which were once used widely across Miyagi.
510:45 Yubikan (30 minutes)
Don't miss Yubikan, the oldest existing school building in Japan, which sits in front of Yubikan Station.
6Lunch in Iwadeyama
Iwadeyama has a number of great places for lunch. キッチン食堂城山 (Kitchen Shokudo Shiroyama) serves delightful home-style meals; ひとつぶ堂 (Hitotsubu-do) is a famous rustic bakery well-known to foodies in Miyagi; if you have a car, or don't mind using a taxi, 手打そば もみじ野 (Teuchi-soba Momijino) is a little bit far from central Iwadeyama but well worth a visit with great soba and beautiful surroundings.
Return to Yubikan Station to catch the 12:36 train. As the next one is at 14:19, make sure you are on time!
12:36 Rikuu-East Line to arrive at Naruko Goten-yu Station at 12:56
8Naruko Goten-yu Station
913:00 Ryokan Ohnuma (40 minutes)
Relax in the diverse hot springs offered in Ryokan Ohnuma.
1014:00 Naruko-onsen Station
Stop by Fukase for fine Japanese sweets perfect for your own snack or for a souvenir. They sell out quickly, so don't wait to purchase them. Explore the neighborhood with its many stores selling handcrafts and local goods.
1214:30 Sakurai Kokeshi
Discover kokeshi, a quintessential traditional craft of Miyagi. Sakurai Kokeshi is one of the prefecture's most renowned craft studios, and you can try painting a kokeshi yourself.
If you're an onsen-lover, a public onsen Takinoyu in Naruko is a must. It is one of the oldest in the region, and has been a center of the community's onsen culture.
Enjoy a conversation with the friendly owner of Cafe Tamagoya, with his handmade desserts and coffee.
15Stroll around Naruko
Take a walk around Naruko Onsen. There is a small shopping street that sells local specialties; more kokeshi studios for exploring different styles and more onsen, in case you haven't had enough of it!
1617:16 Naruko-onsen Station
17:16 Rikuu East Line to Furukawa
7-minute wait at Furukawa Station
18:06 Shinkansen to Sendai Station