Are you the adventurous type? Are you looking for that spot that is not highly traveled? Maybe you are just a nature nut and love the beauty of the forest and ocean combined. Well have we got a place for you. This peninsula is located off the beaten path and offers an exquisite look into the natural beauty of the Matsushima Bay.
We changed the Intro video for the channel. Before uploading, I thought it would be great, but afterward, I realized that I needed to do some voice over explanation. Check it out here.
Yamadera is a location of a mountain temple. Climb to the top and view the entire valley below. Get detailed direction to the location for those traveling by train and those by car. Find out about the temple’s long history and even its special spiritual power.
We are planning on visiting three places, weather permitted, two of which are in Miyagi Prefecture, and one that is in Yamagata Prefecture. Thank you for your patience, I have been waiting for the necessary equipment to arrive after purchasing.
The Places in Miyagi are:
蔵王キツネ村 The Zao Fox Village
Located near Shiroishi
The fox village is a wildlife reserve where they keep around 100 foxes that you can interact with. They have a special time where you can actually hold one in your lap. They also have treats you can buy to feed them.
馬の背 The Horse’s Back
Located between Shiogama and Matsushima
This location is an outdoor trail you can take to hike around the peninsula. It is has very narrow paths but gives an excellent view of the Matsushima Bay area.
The place in Yamagata is:
山寺 The Mountain Temple
Located in Yamadera
This is an actual temple on a mountain. You must climb the stairs from the foot to reach the top. Once you are there, there is a breathtaking view of the valley and surrounding mountains.
Kitchen Jagaimo is a little restaurant that has been in business for many years in the city of Ishinomaki. The food there is amazing. It is a small and quiet place but has a warm homelike feeling. The owner also speaks English, so if you are worried that your Japanese will not be good enough, worry not. Mieko is very nice and patient. Her menus are also in English/Japanese.
My birthday was not too long ago, and I spent it in Kitchen Jagaimo with my family and friends.
Some advice before going:
Call ahead and make sure there isn’t a reservation.
Be prepared to wait. She does everything alone and the pizzas take about 15min each.
Follow us as we show you around one of the coolest cat islands in Japan. Find out some neat history about the island, and also some need-to-know information before planning a trip.
Check out all the cute little kitties as well as some fun places you can stay when you are there.
If you are looking for an amazing place to get food while you are in Ishinomaki. Kitchen Jagaimo is the place to go. Mieko will treat you very well and will make you some of the best hand made dishes I’ve ever had. We will have a video on how to get there from Ishinomaki Station. Check it out. We will be uploading soon. soon. Like and Subscribe too.
It is also a wonderful place to stop if you are just returning from Tashirojima.
We visited a small island in eastern Miyagi on November 12th, 2016. It is one of the many different cat islands around Japan. If you want to see more also how to get there with costs, and times. Check back on YouTube for more information. We will be uploading soon.
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