Join me on a bus ride through the mountains of Miyagi Prefecture.
It's a sunny day in May when the bus departs from the remote Zao Fox Village, weaving its way down winding mountain roads, passing through small villages. Only stopping half way down so the bus driver can take a cigarette break.
VIDEO: Bus Ride Through the Mountains of Miyagi Prefecture
The northern Tōhoku region
Miyagi Prefecture is in the northern Tōhoku region, on the main Japanese island Honshu.
Tōhoku has a reputation with the Japanese for being somewhat backward, remote and harsh compared with much of rest of Japan - particularly the urban areas.
But what, for some, may seem like a backwater, for others is an unspoilt region that richly rewards the adventurous.
However, this perception is slowly changing as tourism (both national and international) helps boost its traditionally rural economy.
Japan's indigenous population - the Ainu - occupied the area before they were forced out of the region, surviving only the the northern most island of Hokkaido.
Sendai: capital of Miyagi Prefecture
Sendai is the capital of Miyagi and is the largest city in the prefecture. For more on exploring Sendai in the spring read this post.
Top 100 places to stay in Sendai
Enjoy the ride. Have you been to Miyagi Prefecture? If so, where? Tell me about it by leaving a comment below...
Miyagi Location Map
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A writer and publisher from England, Rob has been exploring Japan’s 6,800 islands since 2000. He specialises in travelling off the beaten track, whether on remote atolls or in the hidden streets of major cities. He’s the founder of TheRealJapan.com.
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Nice! Miyagi pref reminds me of the rural and drier areas of the Pacific northwest!
Really!? I’ve not been to the Pacific northwest so wouldn’t know. Have you been to Miyagi then @guzzoline:disqus?
No I have not been to Japan at all but dream of going someday! :D
That would be very cool!
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