Sendai, the biggest city in Tohoku, is in Miyagi Prefecture where there’s a blend of urban culture and nature. All kinds of seafoods are available near the water, and there are many scenic spots including one of Japan’s three great sights, Matsushima.東北地方最大の都市・仙台市を擁し、都市部と豊かな自然の魅力を併せ持つ。沿岸部は多様な海産物に恵まれるとともに、日本三景の一つ「松島」など景勝地も多い。
1. Saigyo Modoshi no Matsu Park 西行戻しの松公園
Every year at the end of April the park’s 260 cherry blossom trees reach full bloom. Located on a hill, it is a popular hanami (flower viewing) spot where you can enjoy the fully blooming cherry blossoms against a stunning view of Matsushima Bay. The park is named after Saigyo, the Japanese poet and Buddhist monk.
2. Hitome Senbonzakura 一目千本桜
Hitome Senbonzakura, which translates to “a thousand sakura at a glance,” is a path along the quiet Shiroishi River lined with over 1,000 cherry blossom trees, which were planted about 100 years ago. Take a stroll while admiring the flowers up close against the backdrop of the far-off sparkling white Zao Mountain Range. There are also boat rides for flower viewing available during the cherry blossom festival.
3. Lake Choro 長老湖
With a circumference of roughly 2 kilometers, Lake Choro is located at the foot of the southern part of the Zao mountains. The view of the beech forest and the spectacular Mount Fubo reflecting on the mirror-like lake is well worth seeing. There is a walkway around the lake and it is particularly beautiful in the spring when the area becomes lush with new growth.
4. Kaerazu Falls 不帰の滝
Known as the best waterfall in the Zao mountains, the water flows out from a crater lake called “Okama” and splashes against the craggy rock face as it falls. There is a lookout point in Komakusadaira along Zao Eco Line that provides a great distant view of the falls. It is 97 meters high and 14 meters wide.