Tanabata Festival (Copyright)City of Sendai
Matsushima (Copyright)town of Matsushima
Okama (Copyright)town of Zao
Naruko Onsen (Copyright)Tourism Division Miyagi Prefecture
fields that yield ideal Japanese rice (Copyright)Tourism Division Miyagi Prefecture
The 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake led to the loss of over 10,000 lives and 80,000 homes in Miyagi Prefecture, but with support from around the world, Miyagi is carrying out recovery efforts. The people of Miyagi are eternally grateful for all the support, and welcome the world to come see the progress they’ve made.
Miyagi is approximately 300 km northeast of Tokyo, about 90 minutes away on the Tohoku Shinkansen (high speed rail). The international airport and seaport make it accessible from abroad. Miyagi’s capital and the Tohoku region’s largest city and economic center, Sendai, has many medical institutions offering foreign language services.
Miyagi is a sports-rich area that has been well represented by great Olympians and Paralympians, having produced 12 medalists including 2014 figure skating gold medal winner Yuzuru Hanyu. Mami Sato, who impressed the world with her speech at the IOC session for Tokyo’s 2020 bid, and seven members of the wheelchair basketball team, who have established Miyagi as the sport’s national base, represented Japan at the 2012 Paralympics in London. Miyagi has also hosted the 2002 FIFA World Cup and the FIVB Volleyball World Cup 2015.
The prefecture has many tourist attractions. Matsushima with its bay and approximately 260 isles is one of the three most scenic spots in Japan. Equally spectacular is Mt. Zao’s Okama Crater Lake. Every corner of Miyagi boasts refreshing onsen (hot springs). Sakunami and Akiu Onsens are near central Sendai. Osaki City’s Naruko Onsen was crowned Champion of Eastern Japan. For modern culture, the Shotaro Ishinomori Memorial Museum in Tome and Mangattan Museum in Ishinomaki share the world of the famous Miyagi cartoonist. Sendai’s preeminent event is the annual Tanabata Festival, which dates back approximately 400 years. Over two million visitors behold the spectacle each August.