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Miyagi Prefecture

Akiu Great Fall    view from below
Banji Rock
Daio-ji Temple
Godaido Temple
Hiyoriyama Park
Houmei Shijyuhachitaki Falls
Ippon-matsu of Rikuzentakata    The last pine tree - symbol to the Tsunami Disaster
Kashima Shrine
Kesennuma Yokocho     This area lost the stores to the Tsunami. They have some replaced by containers.
Kokeshi Dolls   Roadside Attraction
Konpon Temple
Manga Museum
Minamisanriku Area
Mt Zao
Miyagi Shrine
Miyato Island
Okama Crater
Osaki Hachiman Shrine
Sant Juan Bautista Mall with a Pirate Ship
Sendai City   AER Observation Deck
Sendai Shrines and Temples
Sendai Castle
Shintera Area

Drive around and along 55 - countryside - west of Sendai City

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Ōsaki Hachiman Shrine

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Sendai is one of the country's fifteen largest cities. Aoba Street with the towns symbol the Japanese Zelkova trees is referred to as mori no miykao - the forest city. The street goes from Sendai Station to Sendai Castle. During World War II, the buildings got demolished. After the war, in 1954, Aoba Street was developed and Japanese Zelkova trees planted to restore the town. The trees died several times, but got mostly preserved by citizens actions.

Sendai from above

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Shintera Area

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Sendai Castle / Aoba Castle

The castle was built in 1601. Most of it was destroyed during World War II. Today, only the rebuilt stone walls and the Otemon Gate can be visited as well as Gokoku Shrine. The statue of Date Masamune looks over Sendai City.

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Risshakuji Temple     Friday, September 27, 2013
(立石寺)Risshakuji Temple built in 860 by the buddhist Jigaku Daishi, is also known as Yamadera the mountain temple - the temple of breaking bad luck. Most  visitors pray
therefore for good luck. The temple complex is known for  its building standing on the edge of the cliffs. It offers really a nice view over the valley and the town Yamadera.
Upper levels Niomon, rebuilt in 1848, have Nio Statues to watch all people's  mind. There are 4 temples which used for also the house for all monks.  The cliffside were used for the training. Therefore many temples are  located on the cliffs. Monks had to climb up to practice, and those who  had unnecessary desire always fell.
Okunoin and Daibutsuden are  located on the highest level of the temple. Okunoin has Shaka Statues  which Jigaku Daishi took with him during his practice at China. In  Daibutsuden, there is 5m high Great Buddha statue. Godaido and Kaizando are the first temple established by Jigaku Daishi. It has great view of the valley. Driving on the kinda main street through the small town Yamadera. Found parking for
 like 300 yen just few meters next to the entrance to the temple  complex.   From here you have to walk up some steps to the first temple - the lower area is still free of charge.
(立石寺) Risshakuji Temple ist auch bekannt unter dem Namen Yamadera, der  Bergtempel. Die Anlage wurde gebaut in 860 durch Jigaku Daishi. Es ist  bekannt als der Tempel der Unglck bricht. Meist beten die Besucher um  Glck. Diese Tempelanlage ist eher bekannt fr die schne Aussicht und  fr das Bauen auf Felsvorsprnge.

Konpon Chudo Temple
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Dry grass gets put together in different styles. Love this way ...

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Funny Roadside Attraction
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The towns symbol is a huge Shogi (piece for chess).

The town is famous for the Shogi pieces a japanese Style Chess piece. Over 90% of Shogi  Pieces in Japan are made in Tendo. The history of Shogi began with Oda  Nobumichi, the descendant of
Oda Nobunaga. Because current Shogi Style  was invented by Ohashi Soke who is samurai of Nobunaga, and Nobunaga  admired Shogi for Samurai's strategy training, Nobumichi stared  encouraging
all Samurai to make Shogi Pieces without having any dishonoring. Unfortunately, I was driving around to find a Shogi Shop,  but did not find one. Maybe they are not easy to spot. The town is supposed
to be full with shops selling shogi in all different styles.

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Kokeshi Dolls welcoming visitors at Sakunami
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Houmei Shijyuhachitaki Falls

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Akiu Great Waterfall

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Banji Rock

(磐司岩) is a huge rock in the Futakuchi Valley, Sendai. The cliffs are like  80 to 150 m tall and 3 km around. It is a national scenery.

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