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  • 1. Chuson-ji

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Founded in AD 850, this temple's highlight is its Konjikido (Golden Hall), which was completed in 1124. The first Ou Fujiwara lord, Kiyohara...Read More

  • 2. Ginzan

    Historic District/Site

    Ginzan Onsen is known for its unique landscape and distinguished Taisho period (1912–26) architectural design. A flood once destroyed the village...Read More

  • 3. Ginzan Onsen

    Hot Spring

    Ginzan is another relaxing hot spring close to both Yamagata and Sendai, but this one is more isolated than Sakunami. It's about two to three...Read More

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  • 4. Ho-Onji

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    On the outskirts of Mt. Atagoyama is a temple district where a dozen temples are clustered. This one houses 499 statues of Buddha's disciples...Read More

  • 5. Risshaku-ji

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Yamadera is like something conjured out of the ethereal mists of an ancient Japanese charcoal painting. Built in the year AD 860, Yamadera's...Read More

  • 6. Zuihoden

    Aoba-ku | Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    The grand mausoleum of Masamune Date, the most revered daimyo of ancient Sendai, was made in the style of the Momoyama Period (16th century...Read More

  • 7. Akita City Folklore and Performing Arts Center

    Museum/Gallery

    If you are not in town for Akita's famous Kanto Festival, this museum is the next best thing. Try balancing one of the poles topped with paper...Read More

  • 8. Ando House

    Notable Building

    A visit to this miso and soy sauce business, still located in the historic home of the Ando merchant family, is a treat for both the eyes and...Read More

  • 9. Chosho-ji

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Thirty-three of the Soto Sect's Zen temples line up along Zenrin-gai (Zen Forest Street), at the end of which Chosho-ji temple stands with great...Read More

  • 10. Godaido

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Just to the right of the ferry pier in Matsu-shima is this small temple constructed in 1609 at the behest of daimyo Masamune Date. The temple...Read More

  • 11. Gozaku Store

    Store/Mall

    This wealthy merchant's house was built sometime between the Edo and Meiji periods (1600–1868) and has a distinguished historical presence....Read More

  • 12. Haguro-san

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The climb up Mt. Haguro begins at the red Zuishin Gate (Zuishin-mon), then goes up 2,446 or so stone steps to the summit. The strenuous ascent...Read More

  • 13. Hanamaki Onsenkyo

    Resort

    Among 14 onsen that collectively make up these gorges of hot water gushers, Osawa and Namari stand out for their quality and well-kept ryokan...Read More

  • 14. Hirosaki-jo

    Castle/Palace

    Guarded by deep moats, over which a red wooden bridge crosses in a picturesque curve, Hirosaki-jo is atop a high stone base. The original castle...Read More

  • 15. Ishiguro Samurai House

    Araya-omotemachi | Historic Home

    Direct descendents of the Ishiguro family open part of their residence to let people in to observe the oldest samurai house in Kakunodate. They...Read More

  • 16. Kaba Craft Densho Kan

    Araya-omotemachi | Museum/Gallery

    A hall in front of a cluster of samurai houses serves as a museum and a workshop for the local cherry-bark veneer handicrafts that became the...Read More

  • 17. Motsu-ji

    Garden

    A UNESCO World Heritage site, Motsu Temple's main buildings were destroyed by the fire that consumed much of the area in 1226. Nevertheless...Read More

  • 18. Nyuto Onsen

    Hot Spring

    Inside Towada-Hachimantai National Park, Nyuto consists of seven different hinabita onsen—all charming—characterized by their milky water...Read More

  • 19. Osaki Hachiman-gu

    Aoba-ku | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    One of the few structures left standing in Sendai after World War II, this shrine houses the guardian deity of military families. As such, the...Read More

  • 20. Rinno-ji

    Aoba-ku | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Interested in Zen meditation? This temple, with a quintessentially Japanese garden, holds free zazen-kai (seated meditation class) on Saturday...Read More

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