• TOKYO
  • MIYAGI

RELAX & MINGLE

Introducing a trip in which visitors can enjoy their fill of beautiful ravines and hot springs with various types of water quality, where they can have fun encountering cute foxes.

Official Tokyo Travel Guide
http://www.gotokyo.org/en/index.html

Local government official website
http://www.pref.miyagi.jp/kankou/en/index.htm

Day1

TOHOKU(MIYAGI)

Tokyo Stationmore

October 2012 saw completion of the preservation and renovation work on the Tokyo Station Marunouchi Building. The red brick facade long loved as the symbol of Tokyo Station has made a comeback, along with the history and grandeur of the original building dating nearly a hundred years back. The occasion also saw the reopening of Tokyo Station Hotel and Tokyo Station Gallery. The former is the only hotel situated within an important cultural property of Japan. The interior is designed in a sophisticated, classical European style to blend with the splendor of the Marunouchi Building exterior.

JR Shinkansen(JR EAST PASS)
Tokyo→Sendai
About 1 hour and 35 minutes Show details

Sendai Stationmore

Sendai Station is a central sightseeing location in Tohoku, and allows visitors to gain access to tourist attractions all throughout Tohoku. Yamadera, Matsushima, and Hiraizumi can all be reached within 1 hour by using JR train lines. Sendai Station has many souvenir shops selling Sendai specialties. The Gyutan-dori and Sushi-dori streets have a lineup of stores where you can eat beef tongue, a local specialty, and sushi. These shops have multilingual menus, making this a friendly spot for visitors from overseas. The zunda shakes served at the Zunda Saryo restaurant are a blend of special zunda green soy beans. It's an original shake with a fun bumpy texture that can't be found elsewhere. Be sure to give their delicious taste a try as they are freshly made at the shop.

JR Shinkansen(JR EAST PASS)
Sendai→Furukawa
About 15 minutes

JR Rikuuto Line(JR EAST PASS)
Furukawa→Naruko Onsen
About 45 minutes

Taxi
Naruko Onsen Station→Naruko-kyo Gorge
About 10 minutesKoyo-go, a paid shuttle bus, can be used during the autumn foliage season

Naruko-kyo Gorgemore

A large ravine surrounded by trees and rocky mountains that is 2.5km in length and 100m deep. In addition to the fresh green of spring to early summer, the autumn foliage from mid-October to mid-November is especially superb. There is an approximately 2.5km walking trail stretching from the entrance on the Naruko side to the Nakayamadaira entrance, where there is a viewing platform with an exquisite view.

Taxi
Naruko-kyo Gorge→Naruko Onsen Station
About 10 minutesKoyo-go, a paid shuttle bus, can be used during the autumn foliage season

Naruko Onsen Hot Springsmore

The Naruko-onsen-kyo Hot Spring Village is made up of the hot springs of Naruko, Higashi-Naruko, Kawatabi, Nakayamadaira, and Onikoube and boasts a history of more than 1,100 years since it opened. Of the 11 types of hot spring water from the natural hot springs that well up in Japan, nine types gush out at Naruko-onsen-kyo. This area is well-reputed in East Japan due to its easy access by train. Visitors can try out many hot springs with a special yumeguri ticket.

Day2

Naruko Onsen Hot Springs

JR Rikuuto Line(JR EAST PASS)
Naruko Onsen→Furukawa
About 45 minutes

JR Shinkansen(JR EAST PASS)
Furukawa→Sendai
About 15 minutes

JR Shinkansen(JR EAST PASS)
Sendai→Shiroishi-Zao
About 15 minutes

Taxi
Shiroishi-Zao Station→Zao Fox Village
20 minutes・About 4,300 yen

Zao Fox Villagemore

In addition to the usual Japanese Ezo red fox, the village also has the rare species of silver foxes, blue foxes, platinum foxes, shadow foxes, and cross foxes. Over 100 of these 6 species of foxes roam freely around a large natural habitat at this zoo, which is the only zoo in the world dedicated only to foxes. The foxes can be observed up close, and visitors can also feed and hold them. Of special note is that in spring and early summer, even baby foxes can be held.

Taxi
Zao Fox Village→Shiroishi Castle / Sumaru Yashiki (House)
20 minutes・About 4,100 yen

Shiroishi Castle / Sumaru Yashiki (House)more

Shiroishi Castle was the castle of Katakura Kojuro, the chief vassal to Date Masamune, who built the foundations of Sendai. This castle is scientifically important since it was restored based on Japan's oldest architectural style. Attracting numerous history fans and cosplayers, an event is held on the first Saturday of every October that recreates the deciding battle from the summer campaign of the siege of Osaka between the armies of Katakura Kojuro and Sanada Yukimura.

Walk

Oshu Kaido Street Umen Bansho (Shiroishi Umen)more

Created 400 years ago by Miemon living in Shiroishi as a result of his concern over his father's stomach illness. He created a noodle made without oil from flour and salt water. It became well-reputed when his father's stomach illness was alleviated after eating it. Thus, the easy-to-digest and nutrient-rich umen was born from one man's warm compassion (it's also said that the name "umen" was given by the lord of Shiroishi Castle, Kojuro Katakura). A short, slender noodle that can be easily digested and feels great going down the throat, it is eaten with relish by everyone from small children to the elderly.

Taxi
Umen Bansho (Shiroishi Umen)→Shiroishi-Zao
About 10 minutes・About 1,300 yen

JR Shinkansen(JR EAST PASS)
Shiroishi-Zao→Sendai
About 15 minutes

Sendai Station

JR Shinkansen(JR EAST PASS)
Sendai→Tokyo
About 1 hour and 35 minutes

Tokyo Station or other places

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