Matsushima, its picturesque bay dotted with islands large and small, is the start of the journey to Miyagi Prefecture, a region rich with natural beauty. In the west is a range of mountains stretching from Mt. Zao to Mt. Funagata to Mt. Kurikoma. In the center, rice fields stretch out as far as the eye can see, with a beauty that changes from season to season, and is ideal for experiencing traditional culture. The coastal area was badly damaged by tsunami caused by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, but the coastal and mountain trails are being restored to their former beauty.
Disaster became the opportunity which sparked the creation of the Miyagi Olle Trail, and with assistance from the Jeju Olle Foundation, the Miyagi Olle Trail was created as a sister trail to those in Jeju (Korea), Kyushu and Mongolia.
Miyagi Olle Trail has diverse routes, ranging from trails which travel by the endless stretch of the Pacific Ocean, to the natural richness of forested trails, to country roads with opportunities to meet local residents. While there are similarities to the Jeju Olle and Kyushu Olle, Miyagi has its own unique features. Olle trails are characterized by people coexisting with nature, and this is firmly embedded in Miyagi Olle as well.
Originally from Jeju, Korea, Olle Trails have now begun in Miyagi Prefecture. Olle mean “the alleys that lead home from the main road” in Jeju dialect, but now refer to hiking courses and walking paths. The appeal of Olle is that they both bring you into nature, whether the coast or in the mountains, and bring you close to homes, and are a way to enjoy yourself at your own pace.
The Miyagi Olle was created as a sister to those in Jeju (Korea), Kyushu and Mongolia. Miyagi Olle is a special hiking course that lets you experience the history, landscape and hot springs, and culture of the area with your five senses.
Tourism Division, Miyagi Prefectural Government TEL 022-211-2755