This entry is part 9 of 10 in the series Pocket Travel 1

Exploring Miyagi with Mio

Sendai City

  1. Sendai Castle (Aoba Castle):
    Mio visited the site of Sendai Castle and was impressed by the statue of Date Masamune and the panoramic view of Sendai City. “It’s a place where you can feel the history and enjoy a beautiful view,” she said.
  2. Sendai Tanabata Festival:
    Mio experienced the Sendai Tanabata Festival in summer. The colorful Tanabata decorations adorned the streets, leaving her in awe. “The vibrant colors and designs of the decorations are truly amazing,” she remarked.
  3. Zuihoden:
    Mio visited Zuihoden, the mausoleum of Date Masamune, and admired its splendid architecture and beautiful gardens. “It’s a special place where history and beauty come together,” she noted.


  1. Matsushima Bay Cruise:
    Mio took a cruise around Matsushima Bay and was captivated by the view of the 260 small islands. “The scenery of Matsushima Bay is simply breathtaking,” she said.
  2. Godaido:
    Mio visited Godaido, a temple hall on a small island, and was impressed by its beauty. “The view from Godaido is truly special,” she commented.
  3. Entsuin Temple:
    In autumn, Mio visited Entsuin Temple and was enchanted by the beautiful gardens and autumn leaves. “The garden wrapped in autumn colors is like a dream,” she observed.

Ishinomaki City

  1. Ishinomori Manga Museum:
    Mio visited the Ishinomori Manga Museum in Ishinomaki City, exploring the works and history of manga artist Shotaro Ishinomori. “It’s a fun place to immerse yourself in the world of manga,” she said.
  2. Ishinomaki Fish Market:
    Mio enjoyed fresh seafood at the Ishinomaki Fish Market. “The market is lively, and the seafood is so fresh and delicious,” she exclaimed.
  3. Ishinomaki Municipal Okawa Elementary School:
    Mio visited the preserved Okawa Elementary School, a site of remembrance for the Great East Japan Earthquake. “It’s an important place to remember the tragedy of the earthquake,” she reflected.

Akiu Onsen

  1. Akiu Onsen:
    Mio relaxed at Akiu Onsen, enjoying the healing properties of the hot springs in a natural setting. “Relaxing in a hot spring surrounded by nature is the best way to unwind,” she said.
  2. Akiu Great Falls:
    Mio visited Akiu Great Falls nearby and was moved by the powerful sight. “The sound and view of the waterfall are very soothing,” she noted.
  3. Akiu Village:
    At Akiu Village, Mio enjoyed local products and crafts. “There are so many delicious local foods and unique crafts to explore,” she remarked.

Naruko Onsen

  1. Naruko Onsen:
    Mio experienced traditional hot spring culture at Naruko Onsen, known for its skin-beautifying waters. “The hot spring water feels wonderful on the skin,” she said.
  2. Naruko Gorge:
    In autumn, Mio visited Naruko Gorge and was amazed by the stunning fall foliage. “The autumn leaves in Naruko Gorge are absolutely beautiful,” she commented.
  3. Kokeshi Doll Village:
    Mio visited the Kokeshi Doll Village in Naruko Onsen and watched traditional kokeshi doll-making. “The craftsmanship and history of kokeshi dolls are fascinating,” she noted.
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