Recommended course

Relish in the autumn splendour of the Zao mountain range


Recommended course

Day 1
Sendai Airport


about1H10min.


Miyagi Zao Fox Village


about1H10min.


Kumano Taisha


about1H10min. 


Zao Echo Line


about40min.


Zao Onsen
Day 2
Okama


about1H15 min.


Hojusan Risshaku-ji Temple (Yamadera)


about1H15min.


Ginzan Onsen
Day 3
Omoshiroyama Momijigawa Gorge


about1H50 min.


Akiu Falls


about60min.


Sendai Airport

Recommendation tourist attraction

Day 1

Over 100 foxes roam freely in the forest sanctuary. You can see them do cute things you never thought they did, like pulling your clothes.


The shrine has long been a place of worship for local residents. It is said that your wish will be granted if you can find the three rabbit sculptures hidden behind the main sanctuary. Don’t miss the approximately 900-year-old gingko tree (prefectural natural monument).


The road runs across the Zao mountains from east to west. The view ranges from unique geographical features to alpine plants. From late September you will be surrounded by vibrant autumn leaves while you drive through.


Located on the mountainside, Zao Onsen dates back over 1,900 years. The hot spring resort offers accommodation, public baths, footbaths, and bathing facilities for day visitors too.


Day 2

The circular crater lake surrounded by three of Zao’s peaks, namely Kattadake, Kumanodake, and Goshikidake. The emerald green water and the rough crater walls create a romantic contrast.


This ancient temple with a history going back over 1,100 years exudes a sacred atmosphere. The scenery is breathtaking in autumn when the surrounding gorge and mountains are bathed in vibrant colors.


The hot spring village with its wooden inns setting a nostalgic ambience. Enjoy strolling around the village, stopping at the footbaths, souvenir shops, and more. The village gained fame as the setting of “Oshin,” a TV drama series that became popular in many countries.


Day 3

The gorge is located at the foot of Mt. Omoshiro in Yamagata Prefecture. You can enjoy hiking amid superb scenery created by the brilliant autumn colors of broadleaf trees and the dark green of evergreens.


The 55-m-high, 6-m-wide waterfall ranks among the three most beautiful waterfalls in Japan. Enjoy the combination of dynamic waterfall and autumn foliage.