5 off-the-beaten-track places to visit in Japan and Taiwan


Located in northern Japan, Miyagi is part of the Tohoku region which also includes Akita, Aomori, Fukushima, Iwate and Yamagata.

From Tokyo, you can get to the capital Sendai in about two hours by bullet train.

In autumn, the region’s lush vegetation changes color, painting the landscape in stunning red, orange and yellow hues.

Highlights in Miyagi include Akiu Otaki Falls, a 55m waterfall surrounded by foliage, and Naruko Gorge.

Stroll along Sendai’s tree-lined streets and sample its famous beef tongue dishes, or take the Sendai Loople sightseeing bus and visit historical sites related to warlord Date Masamune.

From Sendai, take a day trip to see Matsushima Bay, considered one of the most scenic spots in Japan. Take in its 260 pine-covered islands on a sightseeing cruise, or head higher up for more scenic views.

Want a more unique experience? Try a hot air balloon ride at sunset over the bay for a bird’s eye view of the islands.

Alternatively, you can get closer to your furry friends at Zao Fox Village, a forest inhabited by foxes that visitors can walk through.

Feed them in a special feeding area and there are two sessions per day where you are allowed to hold a fox during this shutter time.



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