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Tohoku, Japan ~ Miyagi Prefecture & Things To Do

Yeah‼️ From SiennyLovesDrawing 👩🏻 earlier blogging about the 1st session of Japan 🇯🇵 National Tourism Organization (JNTO) Tohoku Online Seminar Secretariat attended with aims to promoting & endorsing Japan 🇯🇵 Tourism in Tohoku region, also to providing the latest information from local municipalities, Tourism Federation & Malaysian presenters who are familiar with the mentioned areas 👍🏻 Tohoku region in Japan 🇯🇵

Welcome to read more about the 1st session about Akita Perfecture & things to do via 🌐 https://siennylovesdrawing.wordpress.com/2021/10/26/tohoku-japan-akita-prefecture-things-to-do/

Again, she really enjoyed this 2nd session @ 18 Nov & would like to share some of the important information she has learnt about Miyagi Prefecture here. Similarly, this online seminar kick started with the updates of new 🆕 normal travel in Japan 🇯🇵by Ms Tracy Lim. More updated details via 🌐 https://www.japan.travel/en/practical-coronavirus-information/ & https://www.mofa.go.jp/ca/cp/page22e_000925.html . Then followed by interesting travel & living experiences in Miyagi by various presenters ie. Ms Nadia, Ms Olivia Lam etc.

Sharing from Ms Nadia 🧕🏼 (Malaysian student from Kedah) in her 6th year in Sendai, the capital city of Miyagi Perfecture & shown us a live walk from her Tohoku University, a famous shopping street arcade & its surrounding. She also told about Date Masamune, a famous samurai war ford. Love that Sendai is known as City Of Trees, we need more of tree cities around the globe. Read more via 🌐 https://sendai-experience.com/en/

Next, sharing from Mr Nagi Cao 🙋🏻‍♂️ from Miyagi Tourism Department & Miyagi is actually his hometown. Only 1% foreign tourists visiting here, a hidden gem to SiennyLovesDrawing when she heard it 🤩

Also Miyagi Perfecture is good for family with kids to travel around as shared by Ms Olivia Lam 💁🏻to end this online seminar

Ohh ya…Ms Olivia 💁🏻 has recommended about Zunda Mochi, a specialty wagashi (ie. Traditional Japanese sweet) of Miyagi which made from sweetened Edamame. Wow‼️ Sound tempting delicious 😋🤤 to SiennyLovesDrawing as she loves mochi & edamame a lot

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Things To Do @ Miyagi Prefecture

Miyagi Perfecture was once affected by a serious earthquake slightly 10 years ago, do check out this clip via 📹🌐 https://youtu.be/YJxIxcuvyYI to observe the Miyagi’s reconstructed areas

Mr Nagi has shared some famous destinations to visit in Miyagi during each of the 4 seasons as well as some special unique reason to enjoy

Funaoka Castle Park in Shibata is well known as thousand cherry trees & more than 200K tourists visited each year during the cherry 🌸 blossom season 😲 It’s particularly known for a slope car that goes up & down the mountain through the cherry trees & a famous Kannon statue standing 24m tall @ the top of the mountain 🏔️ that was built as a symbol of peace & security. More info via 🌐 https://www.skbk.or.jp/en/shibata-cherry-blossom/ & welcome to check out more about the beautiful scenes in this photos album via 🌐 https://www.facebook.com/516136811836316/posts/3800703606712937/

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Miyagi has incredible festivals all-year round, summer is especially packed with celebrations, some of its festivals are in this FB video via 🌐 https://www.facebook.com/visitmiyagi/posts/2210512775732036 , eg. famous historical festival named Sairi Genya with beautiful 100 lanterns surrounding the Sairi Yashiki old warehouse buildings. Also to check out the Hirose River Lantern Festival for “Toro-nagashi” aka lantern floating, a Japanese Obon tradition where people float paper lanterns down a river

Michinoku Yosakoi Festival every year with thousands of dancers in almost 200 teams from all over Japan 🗾🇯🇵 filled the street of Sendai to perform “Yosakoi”, an energetic group dance that combines traditional Japanese dance movements & modern music. However, due to global health pandemic, stream the Yosakoi dance online named “Online Michi YOSA”. For more info via 🌐 https://michinoku-yosakoi.net

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As an art lover, she really wish to be at the famous Reborn Art Festival which held almost every year. It was 1st held after the Great East Japan Earthquake Disaster & with aims to promote recovery in the region & has since grown as a popular event to celebrate creativity & expression. The Kohei Nawa’s captivating White Deer (Oshika) installation in Oginohama, Miyagi. It’s with online video exhibits this year @ Ishinomaki City area, Oshika Peninsula, Onagawa Station area, do check out via 🌐 https://www.reborn-art-fes.jp/en/shikanoyukue/

The most popular nature adventures here is birds watching @ Izunuma in northern Miyagi Prefecture. Suggest to visit in the summer when lotus blooms spread across the lake like a giant carpet. Must try a boat ride through the middle of the lotus flowers. For more info via 🌐 https://www.tohokukanko.jp/en/attractions/detail_10008.html

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For family with kids, it’s recommended by Ms Olivia to visit the Sendai Umino-Mori Aquarium 🐠🐟🐡🐬🐳, the coastal area of eastern Sendai City. Also a favorite weekend getaway for local Japanese families & a popular dating spot for young couples

With almost 10K square meters floor area & over 300 kinds of aquatic animal & plant specimens on display, including a school of 25K sardines, exhibitions of the Sanriku sea & deep-sea fishes

Yes✅, 1 of the largest aquariums in the Tohoku region. Visitors can also view dolphin & sea lion performances etc. More info via 🌐 http://www.uminomori.jp/umino/en/index.html

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Must visit to Zuihoden aka Samurai Residence. It’s the date mausoleum famed resting place of Date Masamune, the founder of Sendai & is a mainstay among Miyagi’s attractions. More about one of Sendai’s most treasured landmarks via 🌐 https://tsumugu.yomiuri.co.jp/en/learn/mausoleum-of-one-eyed-dragon-a-sight-to-behold-in-sendai/ & 🌐 https://www.zuihoden.com/en/

A vibrant model of Japanese architecture, Zuihoden also entombs Masamune’s son & grandson, Date Tadamune & Date Tsunamune. It’s a quiet spot with lots of greenery & hydrangeas adding to its tranquil beauty

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Ohh ya…Miyagi Prefecture is with this scenic spot named Naruko Gorge, located in Osaki City. Cliffs reach about 100m high & stretch for 2.5 km, the “V-shaped canyon” formed by the erosion of the Ootani River is really a sight to behold especially when autumn season 🍁

A perfect photo spot would be the Naruko Gorge Rest House @ Nakayamadaira side entrance of the Naruko Gorge Trail & Oofukazawa Bridge to see the leaves changing color 🤩😍

Must enjoy the Naruto Onsen, hot spring village of Naruko-onsen-kyo, located in the north of Miyagi Prefecture. It consists of 5 hot springs. More info via 🌐 http://en.naruko.gr.jp

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For winter season, Miyagi is good for ski ⛷️🎿 holidays especially @ Miyagi Zao’s Eboshi Ski Resort. Check out this clip via 📹🌐 https://www.facebook.com/516136811836316/posts/3662411400542159/ . Also read more via 🌐 https://travelweekly.co.uk/articles/332649/exploring-tohoku-in-northern-japan

Miyagi is also a food kingdom as top provider for rice & with richest fishing ground for seafood After attended this 2nd session & read more about Miyagi while writing this sharing, SiennyLovesDrawing really looking forward to visit Miyagi Prefecture soon. She would like to travel with her little niece to the Sendai Umino-Mori Aquarium 🐠🐟🐡🐬🐳 Do stay tuned for her next sharing on 3rd session @ 15 Dec about the Iwate Perfecture, she just can’t wait 😁

Website 🌐 : https://www.japan.travel/en/destinations/tohoku/miyagi/ & https://visitmiyagi.com/

Ohh ya…For travel convenience, you may check out Tocoo! ~ The Japan’s 🇯🇵Leading Rental Car Reservation Site for your car rental booking service with hundreds of their outlets throughout Japan of various car rental brands during your trips via 🌐 https://www2.tocoo.jp/en/?asp_id=1679&utm_source=1679&utm_medium=affiliate

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Tohoku, Japan ~ Akita Prefecture & Things To Do

Updated 27 Oct 2021 3.30pm ~Receipt of lucky draw gift 😀

Yeah‼️ SiennyLovesDrawing 👩🏻 has been invited by Japan 🇯🇵 National Tourism Organization (JNTO) Tohoku Online Seminar Secretariat to attend a series of its 6 online seminars 👩🏻‍💻 about the Tohoku areas listed below,

  • Akita 秋田県
  • Miyagi
  • Iwate
  • Aomori
  • Fukushima
  • Yamagata

These online seminars 👩🏻‍💻 are being held with aims to promoting & endorsing Japan 🇯🇵 Tourism in Tohoku region, also to providing the latest information from local municipalities, Tourism Federation & Malaysian presenters who are familiar with the mentioned areas 👍🏻 Tohoku region in Japan 🇯🇵 is well known with its nature beauty as shown in this video via 🌐 https://www.facebook.com/Visit.My.Japan/videos/905564299594438/

She really enjoyed the 1st session @ 14 Oct & would like to share some of the important information she has learnt about Akita Prefecture here

Ohh ya…She has won a lucky draw gift 🎁 ~ Premium Kitaha Japanese tea 🍵 , special thank you ya 😃

The online seminar kick started with the updates of Covid 19 status , safety measurements (In multi languages) at shops/ restaurants & new 🆕 normal travel in Japan 🇯🇵 The Japanese people already resumed their life & some places can observe the crowds. More updated details from time to time via 🌐 https://www.japan.travel/en/practical-coronavirus-information/ , then followed by interesting travel & living experiences in Akita by various presenters ie. Mr. Makito Kochihira, Ms. Cheesie etc.

Things To Do @ Akita Prefecture 秋田県 🚶🏻‍♀️🎒✈️

Akita Prefecture is often known as ‘Bi no Kuni (The Country of Beauty), yes ✅, naturally the essential Japanese food & cultural experiences. Its visitors can enjoy a variety of leisure experiences in the mountains 🏔 , sea 🌊 & lakes throughout all 4 seasons throughout a year 😍

Don’t you remember the famous movie ~ Hachi: A Dog’s Tale 🐶🐾🦴 that has touched most of us with its loyalty, love & friendship between the dog & man for generations❓⁉️

Yes ✅, Odate city, Akita is its hometown , so do dropping by Akita Dog Visitors Center, next door to Odate train station during your trip to visit them ya 😁

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Mr. Makito Kochihira 🙋🏻‍♂️ (Local guide)’s live sharing during this session has explained about the autumn season, rice 🌾 fields , wearing boot 🥾 & gloves 🧤 to enjoy the blue sky with 20 degree chilling morning & night, then watching the mountains turn red. During winter ❄️, Akita will snow heavily ie. 3 meter snow. All can experience all 4 seasonal weather here. Abundance of foods eg. rice 🍚, fruits 🌽, vegetables 🥬etc. to enjoy, while winter time to enjoy the pickles. He has shared that the people here, mainly are farmers 👨🏻‍🌾👩🏻‍🌾 They will bring vegetables & distribute when big harvest time. He loves the heart warming & friendly local people lifestyle in Akita 💗💕

Only at Akita Prefecture, the visitors get to enjoy the unique flavour & texture of the luxury food junsai (watershield) by maneuvering a small boat 🚣‍♂️ , then carefully picking junsai one by one

Tambo art uses rice paddy 🌾 as a canvas to paint giant picture with different coloured rice 🌾 plants. If you’re on the the Akita Nairiku Junkan Railway, you will pass by & enjoy the beautiful views of Tambo art 😍

Also must experience the farm stay that she has learnt from Ms Cheesie sharing

There are numerous well known places to enjoy a walk to gain a mother nature hiking 🥾 experience in Akita with its expanses of natural beauty, especially the huge, strangely shaped Japanese beech tree, the Agariko Daiou, in Shishigahama wetland

Mt. Moriyoshi Gondola 🏔 is known as one of the hundred best mountains for wild flowers 🌺🌸 & also its snow-covered tree 🌲🌳 scenery during the winter ❄️ season

Winter ❄️ sports are popular in Akita with a large number of ski 🎿 resorts & courses, including Tazawako Ski Resort & Mt. Moriyoshi Ani Ski Resort. Do check out this recorded live video by Visit Akita 【Fun from Home- Live Streaming from Akita Prefecture】via 🌐 https://www.facebook.com/599813696836168/posts/1846775732139952/

The Hydrangeas of Unsho-ji Temple ⛩ has gained popularity as a beautiful, picturesque spot to visit at least once in Oga during early summer. Also famously known as the “blue heaven”, yes, this temple is a home to more than 1.2K hydrangeas 💙 This flower represents gratitude, grace & beauty, also further symbolize unity & togetherness

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Lake Tazawa is the deepest lake in Japan 🇯🇵 with a depth of 423.4m. The beautiful blueness 💙 & peaceful views to appreciate

Not to miss the Kakunodate Bukeyashiki 角館町 Street, a well known sightseeing spot with townscape to giving all visitors a real sense of the Edo era & to tr y on a kimono 👘 & ride on rickshaws 🛺 . It used to attract 2 millions visitors annually

It’s 1 of the famous spot for Sakura Festival, do check out this video clip with beautiful cherry blossom captured via 📹🌐 https://fb.watch/8QJ8GCLPTn/

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Ohh ya…There are 7 hot springs ♨️ in this Akita Prefecture, each of them has different histories, appearances & spring types ie. Nyuto Onsen 乳頭温泉

Do check out this video captured about this onsen during winter ❄️ via 🌐https://fb.watch/8QEDpdy3cU/

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After attended this 1st session & read more about Akita while writing this sharing, SiennyLovesDrawing really looking forward to visit Akita Prefecture soon. Moreover, she loves to travel with train 🚂, so definitely would like to travel with Akita Nairiku Line, 1 of the local lines in the Tohoku region which runs from Takanosu Station in Kitaakita, Akita Prefecture to Kakunodate Station in Semboku. It runs north-south inland & measures 100km in length

During winter season, the deep snowy scenery can be seen from the train window, while rice 🌾harvest season, can enjoy the Tambo art as shared above. Clearly view the bright red iron bridge “Omatagawa Bridge 🌉 that can be seen between Kayakusa Station & Okashinai Station. Do check out more about this train line in these 3 videos via
📹🌐 https://fb.watch/8QJhKN43Bq/
📹🌐 https://fb.watch/8QEZS0PLzJ/
📹🌐 https://fb.watch/8QFBQbMvvq/

Yes ✅, she 👩🏻 will definitely wanna a train 🚂 ride when she is there to appreciate the nostalgic, indelible scenes of Akita, Japan 🇯🇵🗾 including the tranquil rural landscapes

You may check out more details received from this 1st session on Akita via 🌐 https://siennylovesdrawing.medium.com/japan-national-tourism-organization-jnto-tohoku-online-seminar-akita-prefecture-%E7%A7%8B%E7%94%B0%E7%9C%8C-cd3f471a86dd

Do stay tuned for her next sharing on 2nd session @ 18 Nov about the Miyagi Perfecture, she just can’t wait to it 😁

Website 🌐 : https://www.japan.travel/en/destinations/tohoku/akita/ & https://stayakita.com/

Ohh ya…For travel convenience, you may check out Tocoo! ~ The Japan’s 🇯🇵Leading Rental Car Reservation Site for your car rental booking service with hundreds of their outlets throughout Japan of various car rental brands during your trips via 🌐 https://www2.tocoo.jp/en/?asp_id=1679&utm_source=1679&utm_medium=affiliate

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