The "Hidden-Beauty" Small Towns / Villages in Japan - "Zao Town" in Miyagi Prefecture

July 17, 2016

The Zao Town has been greatly blessed by the well-known Zao Mountain Ranges in various areas such as tourisms / leisures regardless of seasons, as well as agricultural / farming areas. 


In winter, a lot of skii resort customers visits Zao town for skiing, while many taking trips to the town for cherry-blossoms view in Spring and autumn-leave view in Autumn.


The Zao town has a plenty of natural attractions and values which satisfy visitors every time.



1. The Basic Information on "Zao Town" :


- The Total Area:  152.83 km2

- The Population: 12,209 persons (as of 2016)

- The Density of Population:  79.9 persons / km2

- The Railway:  There is no train station within Zao town.  The nearest JR station is Shiroishi station at Shiroishi city.  

- The Main Roads:  The two National Roads (#4 and #457) available within the town.

- The Bus:  Several local buses are in operation, and the highway bus in connection between Sendai city and several places at Zao town

- The Airport:  The nearest airport is Sendai Domestic Airport in 45-minute drive from the town (about 31km).



2. The Main Industry:


- Agriculture (Zao Town is the highest turnover for "Tsuru-Murasaki" within Japan)

- Fruits Farming (Pear / Peach / Blueberry)

- Tourisms (Mt. Zao)



3. The Recommended Spots for Sightseeing Near "Zao Town":


3-1  Zao Mountain Ranges :


- The well-known "Zao Mountain Ranges" consists of about 15 different mountains, which are sited between Miyagi and Yamagata prefectures.

- The highest mountain among the ranges is "Mt. Kumanodake" (1,841m).

- The overall Zao mountain ranges shows very scenic beauty regardless of seasons.


3-2   Sankai Falls :


- The Sankai Falls has 3-step falls, of which overall gap is about 181m high.

- The Sankai Falls is selected as one of the best 100 falls in Japan.

- Especially, the falls can be seen so beautifully in the back of colourful autumn-leave forest.


3-3  Zao Fruits Farm :


- Zao is renown for various types of fruits such as pears, peaches, blueberries, others.

- There are many fruits farms who is in operation for the fruits picking in different seasons.


3-4  Kattamine Shrine :


- There is a pair of shrines under the same name, "Kattamine Shrine", one at the peak of Kattadake (1,758m) and another near the Kattamine Onsen.

- It is called as "Okumiya" (the inner-resided shrine), while "Satomiya" (the fielded-resided shrine).


3-5  Togatta Onsen  :

- It is said that the hot-spring was found more than 400 years ago (in 1601), which people used to say that the Onsen be good effects for inquiry recovering since then.

- The Togatta Onsen became popular for so-called "Kokeshi doll" (Japanese wooden-made doll) all over Japan.


3-6  Zao Skiing Resort :


- Zao town has more visitors for skiing during winter period every year.

- Zao mountain area is best-known for winter resorts and leisures, especially for young generations as well as families.




< The Zao Mountain Ranges >




< The Okama (Goshikinuma in other word) at Zao Mountain Ranges >




< The Sankai Waterfalls in Autumn Season >




< The Fruits Farming at Zao Town >




< The Kattamine Shrine >




< Toggata Onsen >




< The Flower Park at Zao Town >




< The Highland Drive Highway in Autumn >



< How to Get Zao Town, Miyagi >




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