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A Fall Foliage Viewing Spot in Miyagi: Fiery Red Maple Leaves Covering a Famous Mountain to the South of Mount Zao

Miyagi Prefecture boasts Akiu Great Falls, one of the three greatest waterfalls in Japan and Matsushima, one of the Three Views of Japan, both of which are also famous fall foliage viewing spots. But if you want to appreciate the beauty of fall foliage in a quiet place, Choroko Lake in Shiroishi is recommended. Although not massively popular, the region has fiery red fall foliage and Mount Fubo (“Fubosan” in Japanese), a famous mountain to the south of Mount Zao.

List of All Must-visit Hanami Spots in the Tohoku Region

It is expected that the cherry trees in the Tohoku region ("Northeast Region”) will be in full bloom around April 15th. The seven must-visit hamami (“cherry blossom viewing”) spots in the Tohoku region are listed here for your reference. We wish you a pleasant hanami tour ♡

Miyagi Prefecture – Sendai Aoba Festival

The Sendai Aoba Festival is one of Sendai’s three major festivals. It was first held in 1655, making it a festival with a long-standing history behind it.
It is an annually held festival of Aoba Shrine, which enshrines Date Masamune.
The festival is held over the course of two days every year. The first day hosts the “Evening Festival,” while the second day is the “Main Festival.”

2017 Sendai Pageant of Starlight

2017 will mark the 32st anniversary of the Pageant of Starlight. Each year 600,000 lights, called Starlight Leaves, illuminate the trees that line downtown Sendai’s Jozenji-Dori.

Miyagi Zao Juhyo “Ice Monster” Tours

This tour takes you to see the rare “juhyo,” as you ride in Wild Monster, a heated Snowcat bus.“Juhyo,” also known as “ice monsters,” are trees covered in ice and snow in the process of a phenomenon where mist and water vapors freeze directly onto deciduous trees. The formation of juhyo requires precise conditions, such as constant wind from a single direction, so they can only be seen in a few specific locations in Japan’s Tohoku region, including Zao.Zao is a popular tourist spot not just for its juhyo, but for skiing and hot springs as well.

Date Masamune Festival: a Grand Procession of Awe-Inspiring Warriors

Date Masamune resided in Iwadeyama, Osaki, Miyagi Prefecture, when he was a hot-blooded youth. He led an army of 3,000 fearless warriors and headed for Kyoto, the center of Japan of that period. With the stirrups patterned with tigers, leopards, bears or peacocks, Date Masamune’s samurais on horses wore half-moon-bearing armor, held golden tachi and had a commanding presence. To commemorate the history, local people hold the Date Masamune Festival (Masamune-kou Matsuri) on the second Sunday of September every year.