Satoyama & Seaside Cycling Tours “Ride along the coastline or in the mountain side communities and engage with locals inviting you to let your hair down and enjoy the slow and friendly pace of Minamisanriku.” ; “Ride along the coastline or in the mountain side...
Kimono “Kitsuke” Experience

Kimono “Kitsuke” Experience

Kimono "Kistuke" Experience "Discover Japanese tradition through the art of kimono." ; “Discover Japanese tradition through the art of kimono.” Experience and learn how to wear a kimono the authentic way, and immerse yourself in Japanese tradition. A...
Minasan-kan

Minasan-kan

Minasan-kan "A vast array of products, made with loving care and hard work." ; “A vast array of products, made with loving care and hard work.” “Minamisanriku Minasan-kan,” a group of direct sales shops in the Utatsu district that sells fresh...
Fukko-ichi (Minamisanriku Fukko Market)

Fukko-ichi (Minamisanriku Fukko Market)

Fukko-ichi (Minamisanriku Fukko Market) "Connecting people to people and bringing life to Minamisanriku." ; “Connecting people to people and bringing life to Minamisanriku.” Mr. Masafumi Yamauchi is the President of Yamauchi Inc., which sells fresh fish,...
“Hamare” Utatsu Shopping Area

“Hamare” Utatsu Shopping Area

"Hamare" Utatsu Shopping Area "Shopping area also known for its lively performances and hospitality." ; “Shopping area also known for its lively performances and hospitality.” People from Minamisanriku Hamare Utatsu (Formerly Utatsu-Isatomae Fukko shopping...
Minamisanriku Sun Sun Shopping Village

Minamisanriku Sun Sun Shopping Village

Minamisanriku Sun Sun Shopping Village "Shopping, eating, performances and people's smiles." ; “Shopping, eating, performances and people’s smiles.” Hours: 9:00-17:00   Closed year-end and beginning Tel: 0226-25-9880  Fax: – Email:...
Iriya Uchibayashi Musical Performance

Iriya Uchibayashi Musical Performance

Iriya Uchibayashi Musical Performance "Pass down 'Power' to the next generation." ; “Pass down ‘Power’ to the next generation.” The mountainous rice terraces are colored in golden hues. Autumn in Iriya is picturesque with a landscape of...
Forests of Minamisanriku

Forests of Minamisanriku

Forests of Minamisanriku Fog and winds from the sea and their wealth of minerals produce strong and healthy trees. ; “Fog and winds from the sea and their wealth of minerals produce strong and healthy trees.” Minamisanriku is also known as a “forestry...
“Satoyama” of Iriya Mountainside

“Satoyama” of Iriya Mountainside

“Satoyama” of Iriya Mountainside Traditional Japanese green landscape in the world of Zen. ; “Traditional Japanese green landscape in the world of Zen.” Just five minutes drive from the coastal town of Minamisanriku and you will find yourself amidst a...
Tomarizaki

Tomarizaki

Tomarizaki "A former guard house and 'god of marine safety'." ; “A former guard house and ‘god of marine safety’.” There are harbors and beaches named “Tomari” throughout Japan. Tomari means a wharf, i.e., a good natural harbor. The...
Obandaira

Obandaira

Obandaira A national forest overlooking the ria coast ; “A national forest overlooking the ria coast.” Minamisanriku contacts all adjacent municipalities along mountain ridges. If you look up the mountain on the Tokura Peninsula southeast of town,...
Megaliths at the foot of Mt. Shingyodo

Megaliths at the foot of Mt. Shingyodo

Megaliths at the foot of Mt. Shingyodo The stones of a divine spirit ; “The stones of a divine spirit.” In a mountainous area in the Iriya district of Minamisanriku, there are megaliths that dot the landscape, appearing as if they had come down from the...
Mt. Tatsugane

Mt. Tatsugane

Mt. Tatsugane The mountain of the “dragon god (water & sea god)” ; “The mountain of the ‘dragon god (water & sea god)’.” In spring, the seas off Minamisanriku glisten in quiet beauty. Peach, plum, and cherry trees begin to bloom one...
Cape Kamiwarisaki

Cape Kamiwarisaki

Cape Kamiwarisaki The whale and cape divided by god ; “The whale and cape divided by god.” Cape Kamiwarisaki is on the boundary between Minamisanriku and Ishinomaki. Legend says that a long time ago, people in this area fought with their neighboring...
Areshima Island

Areshima Island

Areshima Island A mystical island with a “miracle” forest ; “A mystical island with a ‘miracle’ forest.” There is a “miracle” forest in Minamisanriku. It lies in an area at the northern limit of the range of broad and glossy leaved evergreen...
Moai “Living for the future”

Moai “Living for the future”

Moai “Living for the future” “Connect with the bonds of friendship across the distant Pacific Ocean.” ; “Connect with the bonds of friendship across the distant Pacific Ocean.” Across a distance of about 17,000 km, the Republic of Chile and the Town of Minamisanriku...
Cocoon Art Crafting

Cocoon Art Crafting

Cocoon Art Crafting “Craft a historical art at a restored Edo-era Samurai dwelling.” ; “Craft a historical art at a restored Edo-era Samurai dwelling.” The Iriya district of Minamisanriku once flourished as a center of silk production and was the...
Daioji Temple

Daioji Temple

Daioji Temple “Discover the Pure Land where Buddha resides.” ; “Discover the Pure Land where Buddha resides.” More than 600 years ago, Daioji Temple was founded by Fujiwara no Takahira who is the son of Fujiwara no Hidehira, the third lord of the Fujiwara...
Kiriko Art

Kiriko Art

Kiriko Art “Explore the beautiful Kiriko reflecting the Heart of Minamisanriku.” ; “Explore the beautiful Kiriko reflecting the Heart of Minamisanriku.” During the New Year, the household Shinto altar of the houses in Minamisanriku became bright with...

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