Vegetarian's Japan Guide

Tōhoku Region

Aomori, Iwate, Miyagi, Akita, Yamagata, Fukushima

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The Top 10 Places to Visit or Stay in Sakunami Onsen

Besides the famous Akiu Onsen, if you are looking to enjoy a hot spring session in Sendai, Sakunami Onsen (作並温泉) is another great option to consider. Although the hot spring town has less exciting things to see and do, the weakly alkaline onsen is gentle on the skin and is nicknamed the Beauty-Making Onsen (美女づくりの湯)!

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The Best Traditional Japanese Dessert Cafes in Sendai

When you visit Sendai, the capital of the kingdom built by the famous samurai, Date Masamune, you will notice that wherever you go, supermarkets, restaurants, and cafes are all selling a particular traditional dessert with a creamy light green topping. That mysterious light green colored topping can also be found in various types of drinks!

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Tsutsujigaoka Tenmangū and the Plum and Cherry Blossoms

If you visit Sendai between late February to late March, head to Tsutsujigaoka Tenmangū Shrine (榴岡天満宮) to adore the lovely plum blossoms. Just like all the Tenmangū in Japan, Tsutsujigaoka Tenmangū enshrines Sugawara no Michizane (菅原道真). Because plum blossom is Michizane’s favorite flower, plum trees are planted here and there in the shrine’s precinct.

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The Best Guide to Akiu Ōtaki Fall and Futakuchi Gorge

Akiu Ōtaki Fall (秋保大滝), also known as the Akiu Great Fall, is the must-see spot in Akiu Onsen. The 55-meter tall waterfall is just spectacular no matter which season you visit. It was thus chosen to be one of Japan’s Top 100 Waterfalls and a designated National Place of Scenery Beauty.