About a 25-minute drive west of Sendai Station takes you to a hot spring area along the upper reaches of the Natori River. Akiu Onsen in Miyagi Prefecture is an old hot springs, the history of which dates back to about 1,500 years ago. It is said that when Emperor Kinmei, who was affected by skin disease, was bathed in water brought from Akiu, he was completely cured. Date Masamune (1567-1636), the first lord of the Sendai clan, often visited Akiu. Akiu Onsen has been widely popular among people as a therapeutic bath for a long time. The surrounding area is blessed with magnificent natural scenic beauty. Rairai Gorge, which is
created by the water of the Natori River that flows between the steep cliffs, presents wonderful scenery with gigantic, strange-shaped rocks. Walk along a promenade near Nozoki Bridge, and see the gorge close-up. Futakuchi Gorge stretches for a distance of about 8 km and is a good trail for forest bathing. Banji-iwa Rock offers an overwhelming view of huge rock walls of 80-150 meters in height and 3 km in length standing from the valley bottom. Akiu-otaki Falls is a dynamic waterfall 55 meters high and 6 meters wide. At Akiu Kogei no Sato (Akiu Traditional Crafts Village) and Sendai Kaleidoscopes Art Museum, you can enjoy traditional crafts of Sendai. Rental bicycles are available at Akiu Sato Center from April to November.
※Illumination at Rairai Gorge: Saturdays in June, from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. In the case of inclement weather, it will be canceled.