Preview for the Nonoshima Canoeing Trip

Out of the blue, a friend of mine messaged me on Facebook Messanger asking if would like to go visit one of the Urato Islands in Matsushima Bay. He then told me that he was planning on going around the islands either by canoe or kayak.

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Nonoshima sits in the middle of the Urato Islands near the Oku-Matsushima peninsula. We canoed for a total of 5km (about 3.5miles) around the islands finding fun things to explore along the way.

(Click on image for video!!)

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Nonshima has many small islands surrounding it and the natural beauty around the island is breathtaking.

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Nonoshima was hit hard by the earthquake and tsunami of March 2011. Rebuilding efforts are underway and the people there are resilient. There are many things to see along the way.

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If you want to go to Nonoshima, you need to go to Marine Gate in Shiogama, Miyagi Prefecture, and get a ticket for the ferry to the island. If you are coming by train from Sendai or Ishinomaki, your stop is Hon-Shiogama Station. For the ferry it costs ¥1100 for adults. Coincidentally, for each parent/adult ticket purchased, one child can accompany for free. After, you need to purchase more tickets.

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Walking around Fukuurashima in Matsushima.

I was able to get out of the house with my family the other day and we decided to go for a walk around Fukuurashima. The island is located near the heart of the sightseeing area in Matsushima in Miyagi Prefecture. It is fun nature walk with earthy beauty all around.

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Matsushima is known for its bay with many islands. When you walk around the island, many are visible from the walking path. Not only that, there are a few beaches on the island where you can stick your feet in the ocean and see the spectacular scenery around you.

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A word of caution though. The city maintains the island, however, there are a series of access points to the beaches requiring you to traverse slippery sandstone. Though I would recommend seeing the beaches, make sure you are able to climb down or carry your children down.

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On more than one occasion, you find yourself completely engulfed in the forest around you. While the main trails are well maintained, there are a few trails that are unmaintained that would be more fun for people that enjoy a little hiking.

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One thing to keep in mind is that this would not be an ideal location to visit at night. The island doesn’t have lighting and therefore you would be walking around in the dark.

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Cost:
¥200 for adults
¥100 for elementary school students
Free for kids under 6
Free after 6 pm

(Click on the picture below to access the album.)

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Bishamon Tenou Sai: Festival in Sendai

Japan has many festivals throughout the year, but summer is where you see many of them. Follow along as we look at Bishamon Tenou Sai in Aramachi in Sendai. This is a great way to get involved with the local community and participate in carrying the Omikoshi.

For a quick look at the location.

Takiguchi Orchard

So today we are talking about cherry picking. No not the kind where you keep the info you like. No, actual cherry picking in Yamagata Prefecture in Northern Japan.

Come with us as we explore the many All-You-Can-Eat orchards in the summer.

Koei Suisan Part 1 Oysters from Matsushima

There is a little fishing shop in the Isozaki harbor in the City of Matsushima with the best oysters in Japan. Follow along with us as we look at what they sell at Koei Suisan and how they process their goods on site. This place comes highly recommended if you are traveling in or around Miyagi Prefecture in Japan.

Uchi Guesthouse in Matsushima

Uchi guesthouse is an amazing place to stay in Matsushima in Miyagi Prefecture. Not only are the prices significantly less than those of a business hotel. Eiju the owner is very fluent in English making it easy for anyone traveling in and around Matsushima. The guesthouse has many other extras, but you can see them in the video, or you can check them out on the Uchi website in English.

http://www.uchi-matsushima.com/

Sabakoyu Public Bath

Sabakoyu is a public bath that has been in Izaka Onsen in Fukushima city since the 17th century. We will explore this public bath, tell you what a public bath is, give you some history not commonly known, and even show you proper Japanese etiquette. Don’t worry, there is no nudity featured in the video.

There are travel costs and directions given in the video.
Sources for people who want more information on the radiation in Fukushima:
http://blog.safecast.org/
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201612060039.html
http://www.fukushimaminponews.com/news.html?id=772

Zao’s Fox Village is out

Up high in the mountains on Mt. Zao in Miyagi Prefecture sits a little animal reserve. This animal reserve specializes in foxes. Though they do research on canine diseases, they also open the park up to the public where you can play, interact, feed, and even hold the foxes. Come join us on an adventure you’ll never forget.