Sendai is known as the “City of Trees,” and this is one of its most symbolic streets. On the footpath that runs through the central reservation of Jozenji-dori, surrounded by zelkova trees, you can see three bronze statues, including Emilio Greco’s “Memories of Summer.” The street also plays host to Sendai’s signature winter event, the Pageant of Starlight, when the trees sparkle with beautiful illuminations.
The eye-catching Zuihoden is the spectacular mausoleum of Date Masamune, the founder of Sendai and one of the most popular Sengoku-period warlords. In the museum next door, you can view an exhibition of related historical and cultural materials.
3Aoba Castle and Honmaru Museum
Built at an elevation of 130 meters, Aoba Castle (Sendai Castle) was lost during the Sendai air raid, but the stone walls and the reconstructed corner turret provide a reminder of ancient times. If you stand in front of the statue of Date Masamune on horseback, located in the main square, you can share a view of the city with the lord himself.
This port boasts one of Japan’s biggest catches of fresh tuna. The bigeye tuna caught off Sanriku from early fall to winter is highly acclaimed by foodies. It also features a route from where you can view the fish market safely, as well as an observation deck overlooking the sea off Shiogama.
5Sushi in Miyagi
With a long history that stretches back to the days of the Date clan, the port town of Shiogama is said to have the highest density of sushi restaurants in Japan. You can enjoy the freshness of the seafood making up the sushi, as well as drink pairings tailored to the dishes.
Higashi-Naruko Onsen is a historic hot spring resort that opened its doors in the middle of the Edo period. Blessed with numerous hot springs of differing qualities, it has long welcomed many visitors who come for hot spring cures or long-term medical treatment. You can stay in its lodgings with meals provided and enjoy an extended stay of convalescence in the springs.
It is said that traditional kokeshi, a unique style of handicraft specific to the Tohoku region, began in the late Edo period as souvenirs from hot spring resorts in the area. In addition to the unparalleled simplicity of their aesthetic, their appeal lies in their clean and delicate form. Miyagi Prefecture is home to four styles of kokeshi: Naruko, Togatta, Yajiro, and Sakunami, which have been designated as traditional craftworks of Japan. You can try hands-on activities such as kokeshi decorating or turning your own kokeshi on a lathe.