Bicycle rental at Marumori Station is free and requires no reservations! As you step off the platform and into the waiting area, you'll see the bicycles lined up near the window. Head to the sightseeing office in the room adjoining the waiting area and let the attendant there know you'd like to borrow a bicycle.
The cycles make getting around the sights of Marumori a little faster and more convenient. Plus, nothing beats feeling the breeze on your face as you pedal from place to place on a sunny day.
Enjoy a cruise down the tranquil Abukuma River. No reservations are required for those not ordering meals. The boat makes a round trip up and down the river, depositing you back at boat pier where your bikes are waiting.
Kikuya (きく屋) is a mom-and-pop ramen shop popular with those in the know for their delicious ramen. They're only open for three hours a day (11:00–14:00; closed Wednesdays), so take advantage of being in Marumori at lunchtime with a stop here.
The historic residence and warehouses of the wealthy Saito Risuke and family, who lived in Marumori during its heyday as a hub of trade.
Saien-ji (西円寺) is a peaceful temple with a lovely garden you'll likely have to yourself. The temple is also home to eight nekogamisama (cat god) stones, as cats were once worshipped in the Marumori area.
Enjoy an afternoon pick-me-up of coffee and sweets at CawaCafe (カワカフェ
) just across the street from the Abukuma River. Their coffee excellent―one of the few cafes in Miyagi that offer it French-pressed. The nekogamisama
(cat god) blend is particularly good, both for the local relevance of its namesake as well as its balanced, full-bodied flavor. Sweets-wise, the cafe is best known for its muffins made with odd-yet-delicious combinations of traditional, local ingredients: strawberry-matcha, heso daikon
Return your bicycles at Marumori Station, then hop on the train back to your hotel or off to Sendai for nightlife!