Higashi-Matsushima City, Shiogama City, Tagajo City, Sendai City,
Natori City, Iwanuma City, Watari Town, Yamamoto Town, Shinchi Town, Soma City
3-12-1 Yuriage Higashi, Natori City, Miyagi Prefecture 981-1204
Open hours: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM April through November, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM December through March
Closed: Tuesdays, December 29th to January 3rd
Access: [By train/bus] About 20 minutes bus ride from JR Tohoku Line Natori Station｜[ By car ] About 5 minutes from Sendai Tobu Road, Natori IC
Walk along open fields and village woodlands, encountering people’s everyday lives. This section has many of Tohoku’s traditionally major tourist attractions and historical remains. Highlights include Matsushima, one of the Three Views of Japan, Shiogama-jinja Shrine, the highest ranking shrine in ancient Mutsu Province, Tagajo Castle Remains, where Mutsu Province’s capital once stood, Sue no Matsuyama, well known from poetry, and Somanakamura-jinja Shrine, known for its Soma-Nomaoi (wild horse chase). Look out over the Sendai Plains from a 200 meter elevation ridgeline, with especially good views from Mt. Karo of Matsukawaura, the southernmost entrance of the trail. Also enjoy Blue Impulse aerobatic team planes flying over canals, wetlands where migratory birds gather, and touring the Urato Islands. On your way, munch on fresh fruit and vegetables from farmer’s markets, freshly-fried croquettes and bread hot from the oven. This route was meant for snacking and strolling.