Located in Sendai city in Miyagi, Osaki Hachimangu Shrine was built in 1607 by Date Masamune himself, and yes, the same Date Masamune buried in Zuihoden Mausoleum! The shrine of the Hachiman deity, or the Shinto god of war, Hachiman is also considered as both the guardian and protector [...]

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Jigokudani or Hell Valley is one of the most stunning scenic areas of Noboribetsu in southern Hokkaido. Located just above the Noboribetsu Onsen village, Jigokudani displays hot steam vents, sulfurous streams and other volcanic activity. It's the main source of water for the Onsen village! While beautiful all year […]

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Joginyorai (also known as Jogi Nyorai) Saiho is a complex of Buddhist temples located about an hour drive from Sendai city in Miyagi Prefecture. The first temple was built just after the Genpei War (1180-1185) opposing the Taira and Minamoto clans during the late-Heian period of Japan. [...]

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Sakunami Onsen is a village onsen outside of Sendai city in Miyagi. Discovered in 1300, Sakunami onsen quickly became quite popular and it still is to this day today. The village is nothing more than a huge resort now with a huge  five luxury hotel complex tailored around enjoying the […]

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Capital city of Miyagi Prefecture, Sendai, with a population of over one million, covers a total area of over 780 km2. Founded in 1600 by Date Masamune who also happen to have its mausoleum Zuihoden near the city center. Sendai features some of Tohoku’s most famous festivals like for […]

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Build in 1646 in the heart of Matsushima city and nearby the majestic Zuiganji Temple, Entsuin is the actual mausoleum of Date Mitsumune, the son of the ruling local feudal lord Date Terumune who died at age 19 under strange circumstances that have yet been determined. [...]

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30 minutes away by car from the center of Sendai city, in the hot spring town of Akiu, you will find the gorgeous rock formation of Rairaikyo Gorge. Thanks to a 1km long hiking trail on both sides of the gorge you can enjoy some of Miyagi’s best natural […]

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Located in near the city of Sendai in Miyagi prefecture, Zuihoden is a mausoleum for Date Masamune, one of the most powerful feudal lords of the Edo Period. He was one of the first in a long line of Date lords to rule over Sendai from Aoba Castle which […]

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Famous for its Hell Valley and Oyunuma Pond, Noboribetsu also features some very interesting and beautiful coastlines. While accessing the Ayoro shorelines requires a little hike or the need for a car, the beauty of the scenery once arrived is absolutely breathtaking. Beautiful all year long, it is said, however […]

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Located by lake Towada right in the center of Aomori prefecture, this Shinto shrine is recognized as a holy place in Aomori. Built according to the authorities in 807, Towada Shrine was previously famous as being dedicated to the god of water, Azure Dragon, known as Seiryu in Japanese. [...]

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Fujiwara Heritage Park, also known in Japanese as Esashi Fujiwara no Sato, is smart little theme park built as a Heian period city and located in the heart of Iwate in Oshu City, also the birthplace of Kiyohira, the first lord of the Oshu-Fujiwara clan […]

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Located in the heart of Yamagata prefecture mountains, Ginzan Onsen or in English the Silver Mountain Hot Spring, is a secluded little hot spring town with a rich history in silver mining! Indeed, before becoming one of Japan most picturesque Hot Spring town, Ginzan Onsen was famous for its […]

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