VIDEO| Virtual Vacation: Miyagi Prefecture, Japan

Photos by Shoji Kudaka
Photos by Shoji Kudaka

VIDEO| Virtual Vacation: Miyagi Prefecture, Japan

by Shoji Kudaka
Stripes Korea

Whether you’re working from home, sheltering in place or just staying home, if you’re like us, you’re probably dreaming of open skies, sandy beaches, tall mountains, or perfect powdery slopes. Our travel plans may be on hold, but that doesn’t mean we can’t dream up where we’ll go next.

Welcome to virtual vacation video series where we can explore destinations from the comfort of our homes.

Join us as we take a short virtual journey to Miyagi Prefecture.

Whether you’re working from home, sheltering in place or just staying home, if you’re like us, you’re probably dreaming of open skies, sandy beaches, tall mountains, or perfect powdery slopes.

From Tokyo, it takes a five-hour drive, one-hour flight, or a two-hour bullet train ride to get there. From Misawa, it takes a four- to five-hour drive or a two-hour bullet train ride.  

Known as the most populated prefecture in the Tohoku area, Miyagi Prefecture has plenty of nature, culture, activities, and food for tourists. 

Some of the must-see spots in Miyagi Prefecture include:

  • Sendai city – Commonly known as “Mori no Miyako,” which means a city of trees. This is the biggest city in the Tohoku area and boasts a beautiful view of the urban landcape mixed with nature. Take a walk on Aoba Dori, a street lined with zelkova, which is thought of as the symbol of the city of trees.
  • Zao Renpo (Zao Mountains) is a range of peaks that strides over Miyagi and Yamagata prefectures. This location features Okama, an emerald-green lake in the volcano's crater, a ski slope, and hot spring. During winter, you can also see jyuhyou (ice trees) there. 
  • Narukokyou – This v-shaped valley presents a unique view with lush green in spring and autumn crimson foliage in autumn. Take a walk on a 2.6-kilometer-long promenade and enjoy the colorful nature. 

Last, but not least, Matsushima is a destination you won’t want to miss. This spot is recognized as one of the three major sceneries of Japan along with Miyajima in Hiroshima prefecture and Amanohashidate in Kyoto prefecture. The peaceful waters dotted with 260 islands impress visitors with the fantastic view.

While touring Miyagi prefecture, make sure you try some oysters. Their creamy taste and chewy but soft texture will dazzle you.

I hope you enjoyed a look at Miyagi Prefecture through travel photos and that it's inspired your next trip. Stay safe and get ready to travel with us in our next video. Thanks for watching!

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