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Tohoku, Japan ~ Miyagi Prefecture & Things To Do

Yeahโ€ผ๏ธ From SiennyLovesDrawing ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป earlier blogging about the 1st session of Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต National Tourism Organization (JNTO) Tohoku Online Seminar Secretariat attended with aims to promoting & endorsing Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต Tourism in Tohoku region, also to providing the latest information from local municipalities, Tourism Federation & Malaysian presenters who are familiar with the mentioned areas ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป Tohoku region in Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต

Welcome to read more about the 1st session about Akita Perfecture & things to do via ๐ŸŒ 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 ๐Ÿ†• normal travel in Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ตby Ms Tracy Lim. More updated details via ๐ŸŒ 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 ๐Ÿง•๐Ÿผ (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.ย Read more via ๐ŸŒ https://sendai-experience.com/en/

Next, sharing from Mr Nagi Cao ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ from Miyagi Tourism Department & Miyagi is actually his hometown. Only 1% foreign tourists visiting here, a hidden gem to SiennyLovesDrawing when she heard it ๐Ÿคฉ

Also Miyagi Perfecture is good for family with kids to travel around as shared by Ms Olivia Lam ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿปto end this online seminar

Ohh ya…Ms Olivia ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿป has recommended about Zunda Mochi, a specialty wagashi (ie. Traditional Japanese sweet) of Miyagi which made from sweetened Edamame. Wowโ€ผ๏ธ Sound tempting delicious ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿคค 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 ๐Ÿ“น๐ŸŒ https://youtu.be/YJxIxcuvyYI to observe the Miyagiโ€™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 ๐ŸŒธ blossom season ๐Ÿ˜ฒ 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 ๐Ÿ”๏ธ that was built as a symbol of peace & security. More info via ๐ŸŒ https://www.skbk.or.jp/en/shibata-cherry-blossom/ & welcome to check out more about the beautiful scenes in this photos album via ๐ŸŒ 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 ๐ŸŒ 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 ๐Ÿ—พ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต filled the street of Sendai to perform โ€œYosakoiโ€, an energetic group dance that combines traditional Japanese dance movements & modern music. However, due to global health pandemic, stream the Yosakoi dance online named โ€œOnline Michi YOSAโ€. For more info via ๐ŸŒ 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 Nawaโ€™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 ๐ŸŒ 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 ๐ŸŒ 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 ๐Ÿ ๐ŸŸ๐Ÿก๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿณ, 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

Yesโœ…, 1 of the largest aquariums in the Tohoku region. Visitors can also view dolphin & sea lion performances etc. More info via ๐ŸŒ 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 ๐ŸŒ https://tsumugu.yomiuri.co.jp/en/learn/mausoleum-of-one-eyed-dragon-a-sight-to-behold-in-sendai/ & ๐ŸŒ https://www.zuihoden.com/en/

A vibrant model of Japanese architecture, Zuihoden also entombs Masamuneโ€™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 ๐Ÿ

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 ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿ˜

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 ๐ŸŒ http://en.naruko.gr.jp

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For winter season, Miyagi is good for ski โ›ท๏ธ๐ŸŽฟ holidays especially @ Miyagi Zaoโ€™s Eboshi Ski Resort. Check out this clip via ๐Ÿ“น๐ŸŒ https://www.facebook.com/516136811836316/posts/3662411400542159/ . Also read more via ๐ŸŒ 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 .ย 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 ๐Ÿ ๐ŸŸ๐Ÿก๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿณ Do stay tuned for her next sharing on 3rd session @ 15 Dec about the Iwate Perfecture, she just can’t wait ๐Ÿ˜

Website ๐ŸŒ : https://www.japan.travel/en/destinations/tohoku/miyagi/ & https://visitmiyagi.com/

Ohh ya…For travel convenience, you may check out Tocoo! ~ The Japan’s ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ตLeading 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 ๐ŸŒ 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 ๐Ÿ˜€

Yeahโ€ผ๏ธ SiennyLovesDrawing ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป has been invited by Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต National Tourism Organization (JNTO) Tohoku Online Seminar Secretariat to attend a series of its 6 online seminars ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป about the Tohoku areas listed below,

  • Akita ็ง‹็”ฐ็œŒ
  • Miyagi
  • Iwate
  • Aomori
  • Fukushima
  • Yamagata

These online seminars ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป are being held with aims to promoting & endorsing Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต Tourism in Tohoku region, also to providing the latest information from local municipalities, Tourism Federation & Malaysian presenters who are familiar with the mentioned areas ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป Tohoku region in Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต is well known with its nature beauty as shown in this video via ๐ŸŒ 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 ๐ŸŽ ~ Premium Kitaha Japanese tea ๐Ÿต , special thank you ya ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

The online seminar kick started with the updates of Covid 19 status , safety measurements (In multi languages) at shops/ restaurants & new ๐Ÿ†• normal travel in Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต The Japanese people already resumed their life & some places can observe the crowds. More updated details from time to time via ๐ŸŒ 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 ็ง‹็”ฐ็œŒ ๐Ÿšถ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐ŸŽ’โœˆ๏ธ

Akita Prefecture is often known as โ€˜Bi no Kuni (The Country of Beauty), yes โœ…, naturally the essential Japanese food & cultural experiences. Its visitors can enjoy a variety of leisure experiences in the mountains ๐Ÿ” , sea ๐ŸŒŠ & lakes throughout all 4 seasons throughout a year ๐Ÿ˜

Don’t you remember the famous movie ~ Hachi: A Dogโ€™s Tale ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿฆด that has touched most of us with its loyalty, love & friendship between the dog & man for generationsโ“โ‰๏ธ

Yes โœ…, 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 ๐Ÿ˜

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Mr. Makito Kochihira ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ (Local guide)โ€™s live sharing during this session has explained about the autumn season, rice ๐ŸŒพ fields , wearing boot ๐Ÿฅพ & gloves ๐Ÿงค to enjoy the blue sky with 20 degree chilling morning & night, then watching the mountains turn red. During winter โ„๏ธ, Akita will snow heavily ie. 3 meter snow. All can experience all 4 seasonal weather here. Abundance of foods eg. rice ๐Ÿš, fruits ๐ŸŒฝ, vegetables ๐Ÿฅฌetc. to enjoy, while winter time to enjoy the pickles. He has shared that the people here, mainly are farmers ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿปโ€๐ŸŒพ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐ŸŒพ They will bring vegetables & distribute when big harvest time. He loves the heart warming & friendly local people lifestyle in Akita ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’•

Only at Akita Prefecture, the visitors get to enjoy the unique flavour & texture of the luxury food junsai (watershield) by maneuvering a small boat ๐Ÿšฃโ€โ™‚๏ธ , then carefully picking junsai one by one

Tambo art uses rice paddy ๐ŸŒพ as a canvas to paint giant picture with different coloured rice ๐ŸŒพ plants. If you’re on the the Akita Nairiku Junkan Railway, you will pass by & enjoy the beautiful views of Tambo art ๐Ÿ˜

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 ๐Ÿฅพ 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 ๐Ÿ” is known as one of the hundred best mountains for wild flowers ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒธ & also its snow-covered tree ๐ŸŒฒ๐ŸŒณ scenery during the winter โ„๏ธ season

Winter โ„๏ธ sports are popular in Akita with a large number of ski ๐ŸŽฟ resorts & courses, including Tazawako Ski Resort & Mt. Moriyoshi Ani Ski Resort. Do check out this recorded live video by Visit Akita ใ€Fun from Home- Live Streaming from Akita Prefectureใ€‘via ๐ŸŒ https://www.facebook.com/599813696836168/posts/1846775732139952/

The Hydrangeas of Unsho-ji Temple โ›ฉ has gained popularity as a beautiful, picturesque spot to visit at least once in Oga during early summer. Also famously known as the โ€œblue heavenโ€, yes, this temple is a home to more than 1.2K hydrangeas ๐Ÿ’™ This flower represents gratitude, grace & beauty, also further symbolize unity & togetherness

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Lake Tazawa is the deepest lake in Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต with a depth of 423.4m. The beautiful blueness ๐Ÿ’™ & peaceful views to appreciate

Not to miss the Kakunodate Bukeyashiki ่ง’้คจ็”บ 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 ๐Ÿ‘˜ & ride on rickshaws ๐Ÿ›บ . 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 ๐Ÿ“น๐ŸŒ https://fb.watch/8QJ8GCLPTn/

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Ohh ya…There are 7 hot springs โ™จ๏ธ in this Akita Prefecture, each of them has different histories, appearances & spring types ie. Nyuto Onsen ไนณ้ ญๆธฉๆณ‰

Do check out this video captured about this onsen during winter โ„๏ธ via ๐ŸŒ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 ๐Ÿš‚, 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 ๐ŸŒพharvest season, can enjoy the Tambo art as shared above. Clearly view the bright red iron bridge “Omatagawa Bridge ๐ŸŒ‰ that can be seen between Kayakusa Station & Okashinai Station. Do check out more about this train line in these 3 videos via
๐Ÿ“น๐ŸŒ https://fb.watch/8QJhKN43Bq/
๐Ÿ“น๐ŸŒ https://fb.watch/8QEZS0PLzJ/
๐Ÿ“น๐ŸŒ https://fb.watch/8QFBQbMvvq/

Yes โœ…, she ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป will definitely wanna a train ๐Ÿš‚ ride when she is there to appreciate the nostalgic, indelible scenes of Akita, Japan ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ—พ including the tranquil rural landscapes

You may check out more details received from this 1st session on Akita via ๐ŸŒ 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 ๐Ÿ˜

Website ๐ŸŒ : https://www.japan.travel/en/destinations/tohoku/akita/ & https://stayakita.com/

Ohh ya…For travel convenience, you may check out Tocoo! ~ The Japan’s ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ตLeading 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 ๐ŸŒ https://www2.tocoo.jp/en/?asp_id=1679&utm_source=1679&utm_medium=affiliate

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