The beach is located on the southernmost Miyato Island. The waves are relatively small, and as such, the beach is popular among families with children. During the swimming season, visitors can enjoy riding banana boats and other activities. In the nearby area, there are many private inns serving splendid dishes, so visitors can stay overnight and fully enjoy the appeals of Oku-Matsushima. On a clear night, one can view a beautiful moon on the beach.
This was the first swimming beach in the Tohoku region, and the third in Japan, opened in 1888. People gather from Sendai and nearby municipalities, creating a vibrant atmosphere. It used to attract 50,000 visitors every year. Although it was closed after the Great East Japan Earthquake, the swimming beach will resume full-fledged operation in 2017.
Grande 21 (Miyagi Sports Park) is drawing attention as a center for sports and recreation. The arena with a capacity of 10,000 spectators meets international standards for size. Miyagi Stadium, with a capacity of approximately 50,000 spectators, served as the main venue of the National Sports Festival in Miyagi (the first National Sports Festival in the 21st century), and also hosted the 2002 FIFA World Cup.
Kasenuma Park is a vast nature park located in the southwestern part of Miyagi Prefecture. The park, developed around the Kase pond in a rich natural environment, attracts many families on weekends. On the lawn-covered ground are a baseball field, a soccer field, large playground facilities, play facilities for children, and a picnic site with ovens.
Sagakei Gorge, a peninsula jutting out from the southeastern end of Matsushima's largest island, Miyato Island, is one of the three greatest gorges in Japan, along with Geibikei Gorge in Iwate and Yabakei Gorge in Oita. The sea cliff created by the erosion of crashing waves in the Pacific Ocean, along with fierce winds and lashing rain, provides a completely different view from the elegant landscape observed in Matsushima Bay. The rough panorama provides us with endless astonishment and excitement.
The name Umanose ("back of a horse") derives from its appearance resembling the back of a robust horse. Located in the Hamada and Suka districts in the eastern part of Rifu Town, it is considered a natural jetty created by wave erosion. This is a little-known scenic spot where one can view various-shaped islands in the bay.
Tamonzan is a place of scenic beauty in Hachigamori, at an elevation of 56 meters. It houses the Bishamon-do Temple enshrining a Tamonten Buddhist statue. Beautiful islands in Matsushima Bay below, including Mahanashi Island and Jizo Island, resemble garden rocks in a Japanese garden, and are classified as a Dynamic View among the Matsushima Shitaikan. The morning sun rising from the horizon and the glittering sea surface offer a wonderful, truly "Dynamic View."
Otakamori is a mountain in the middle of the largest island in Matsushima Bay, Miyato Island. The mountain is one of the Matsushima Shidaikan (four best viewing spots), together with Tamonzan in Shichigahama Town, and Ogitani and Tomiyama in Matsushima Town. Among these, Otakamori is given the name "Gorgeous View." From the observatory on top of the mountain, one can enjoy a great, 360-degree panoramic view over the beautiful Matsushima Bay with the Zao mountains as its backdrop, and the vast Pacific Ocean.
The Urato Shoto Islands comprise four inhabited islands boasting a rich natural environment: Katsurashima Island, Nonoshima Island, Sabusawajima Island and Hojima Island. Visitors can reach each island from Marine Gate Shiogama by municipal liners. On Hojima Island is a forest of Machilus trees, a rare sight in this region. You will also find field mustard flowers grown to harvest seeds for Sendai Chinese cabbage (a traditional vegetable). If you visit Urato in spring, never miss the field mustard flowers, as well as the camellia tunnel on Nonoshima Island. In summer, a swimming beach opens on Katsurashima Island, while lavender flowers come into full bloom on Nonoshima Island.
A place of scenic beauty recognized as part of the "Landscape of Oku no Hosomichi" and a Japan Heritage. There are two patterns of Chinese characters expressing the island name, one of which reads "bent tree island." This is said to derive from the Magakijima Myojin deity enshrined in a small shrine, who skillfully used bent trees when he constructed Shiogama Shrine. There are many poems themed on this island.