This trail course departs from the Toyosato Community Center and passes by Tome City’s defining rice field landscapes and the majestic flow of the Kyu-kitakami River. It lets visitors experience the area’s history and culture before finishing at the Byodonuma Fureai Park.
See the main gate and stately gardens of the Miyagi Prefecture Cultural Property Korinji Temple, and take a rest at the Byodonuma Agricultural Village Cultural and Natural Learning Center. It has a Miyagi Prefecture Tangible Folk Cultural Property Kitchen God and traditional farming tools and objects from daily life on display. Cross the “Fureai Bridge” which spans Byodonuma Lake, walk through the Byodonuma Ikoi no Mori with its pristine stand of akashide (loose-flowered hornbeam trees), and end at the Byodonuma Fureai Park where you can gaze upon Byodonuma Lake itself. Enjoy the changing views of the seasons.
Toyosato Community Center
This center is a multi-purpose facility with large arena and medium-sized auditoriums, a dedicated judo dojo, and meeting rooms. Part of the facility also serves as a branch city government office for Toyosato Town.
Landscape of rice paddies along the train tracks
Walk along a straight path following the train tracks and enjoy the rice paddy landscape that can be said to define Tome City.
The Kitakami River originates in Yuhazu no Izumi in Iwate-machi (in Iwate Prefecture), and extends 249 km to its mouth at Oppa Bay in Kitakami-cho (Ishinomaki City). It is the longest river in the Tohoku region and the fourth longest in Japan. At Wakiyaaraizeki and Tokinamiaraizeki weirs, the Kyu-kitakami River branches off from the Kitakami River and flows into Ishinomaki Port in Ishinomaki City.
Korinji Temple Main Gate
The sanmon (main gate) of Korinji Temple was relocated here in the latter part of the Muromachi Period (1336 – 1573). It is designated by Miyagi Prefecture as a Tangible Cultural Property and is the second oldest wooden structure in the prefecture. The gate’s shingled roof had been repaired and renovated in 1941, but in 1990 the temple gate was restored to close to its original state and remains so to this day. The pillars, etc. are as they were when it was first relocated here and you can learn from its more than 400 years of history.
Byodonuma Agricultural Village Cultural and Natural Learning Center
The folklore exhibition room of this center has permanent exhibitswith important examples of regional folk culture including traditional farming tools, objects from daily life, a hearth, and a kitchen god that is designated as a Miyagi Prefecture Tangible Folk Cultural Property. This multi-purpose center has a workshop room, exhibition hall, traditional Japanese rooms, and more. In addition, from the first-floor terrace and the second-floor balcony you can observe birds and aquatic plants and enjoy the landscape in different seasons.
Byodonuma Fureai Bridge
The Fureai Bridge (“Bridge of Encounters”) which spans Byodonuma Lake is 188 meters long and offers a complete view of the lake.
Byodonuma Ikoi no Mori
This forest thick with oak and beech has a 3 km-long walking path and a nearly pristine grove of akashide trees, which are ncommon in Miyagi Prefecture.
Byodonuma Fureai Park
The walking trail around Byodonuma Lake has 800 cherry blossom trees planted by the local residents. During cherry blossom season, many visitors from Tome and other places come to view them. At night the trees are illuminated, and their reflections on the water create a magical atmosphere. Byodonuma is known for its renowned fishing spots. Fishing enthusiasts throughout the prefecture come for an annual Japanese white carp fishing competition. In summer, enjoy “forest bathing.” Admiring the fall foliage at Byodonuma in autumn, while winter is the time to see migratory birds come to the lake in the snow-covered park. There is plenty to enjoy in each season.
Room with two meals: ¥8,000 (excl. tax)
Room Only: ¥5,000 (excl. tax)
Hotel Route Inn Tome
Room with breakfast: ¥6,900 (tax incl.) ~
Room with two meals: ¥7,700(tax incl.) ~
* Single room, no bath/shower (use the large communal bath)
Hotel Sunshine Sanuma
Room Only: ¥6,100 (tax incl.) ~
Room with breakfast: ¥7,000 (tax incl.) ~
Room with dinner: ¥8,700 (tax incl.)
Business Hotel Sunflex
Room with breakfast: ¥6,260 (tax incl.) ~
Hotel New Granvia
Room with breakfast: ¥6,930 (tax incl.) ~
Room Only: ¥6,000 (tax incl.)~
Business Hotel Takekawa
Room Only: ¥5,500 (tax incl.)
Breakfast: ¥930 (tax incl.)
Dinner: ¥1,630 ~(tax incl.)(reservation required)
Byodonuma youyou-kan Lodge
Bed Only * Please contact us for prices/ For group guests
Business Hotel Sanroku
Room Only: ¥5,000 (tax incl.) ~
Breakfast: ¥700 (reservation required)
Room Only: ¥6,800 (tax incl.) ~
Room with breakfast: ¥8,010 (tax incl.)~
Room with dinner: ¥9,550 (tax incl.) ~
Room with two meals: ¥10,760 (tax incl.) ~
Room with breakfast: ¥5,800 (excl. tax)
Room with two meals: ¥6,500 (excl. tax)
Room Only: ¥3,500 (excl. tax)
Please note : Courtesy shuttle services are not available
※This information is current as of November 2023. Please contact each facility for more information.
Open Lunch: 11:00-14:00, Dinner: 17:00-22:00
Closed Sundays and irregular days
One-coin value lunch \550, Kara-age set lunch \850,
Stir-fried noodles with sauce \850,
Capacity 50 people
Lunchbox available (negotiable), delivery not available
Parking lot Available / Microbus available (Contact required in advance)
Open Lunch: 11:00-14:00, Dinner: 16:30-20:00
Assorted seafood rice bowl \1000, Chirashi sushi \1200, Nigiri sushi \1000
Capacity 20 people
Lunch box not available
Parking lot available / Microbus not available
Open Lunch 11:30-13:30 Dinner 17:30-23:00
Miso ramen \780, Spicy miso ramen with leeks \880, Sautéed liver with garlic chives \680
Capacity 10 people
Lunchbox not available
Parking lot available/Microbus available
Sato no Chaya Sakura
Open Lunch 11:00-15:00 Dinner 17:00-22:00
Closed Mondays, Tuesdays and irregular holidays
Kakiage soba \650, Torimeshi \700, Kara-age (6 pieces) \700
Capacity 15 people
Lunchbox available (negotiable, depends on number of orders), delivery not available
Parking lot available / Microbus available
Handmade Shop Sowaka
Closed Thursdays, Sundays
Pasta \700, Pilaf \600, Waffles \500
Capacity 15 people
Lunchbox not available, but to-go available for in-store menu items
Parking lot available / Microbus available
Yoneyama Michi-no-Eki Roadside Rest Area
Closed Dec 31st – Jan 3rd
Yokozuna soup curry \1,100, Abura-fu (deep-fried wheat gluten) on rice \650, Yokozuna grilled pork set meal \1100
Lunch box provided (negotiable, depends on number of orders), delivery not available
Parking available / Microbus available
※This information is current as of November 2023.Please contact each facility for more information.
“Kaitenyaki” is a famous local product from Toyosato. It’s comparable to the better known imagawayaki and obanyaki desserts, but is smaller, less expensive, and in addition to the standard an (sweet red bean) and custard cream filling, there are interesting variations like chocolate and even curry. This dessert has been popular with locals for ages.
The Yoneyama Michi-no-Eki Roadside Rest Area makes and sells locally produced softserve ice cream (“soft cream”). The flavors use seasonal ingredients, with the most popular being the ichigo (strawberry) which uses local Yoneyama strawberries.
Abura-fu or “deep-fried fu” are made by kneading and maturing gluten, a protein component of wheat, and then deep-frying it in vegetable oil. It is an uncommon dish in Japan. “Abura-fu-don" is a rice bowl made in a similar fashion to “Katsudon”: topping a bowl of rice with Abura-fu and egg. It is a popular casual dish in the local region.
A popular, easy and convenient teabag-style stock sachet, made using carefully selected ingredients such as shiitake mushrooms from Tome and Japanese kelp from he Sanriku coast. Delicious dashi stock with great umami and aroma can be made in a few minutes in boiling water.
Purchase Abura-fu and Hito-wa-tome-no-dashi from Toyoma Tourism and Local Produce Center, Yoneyama Michi-no-Eki Roadside Rest Area, Toyosato Ganbarukan and other stockists.
Tome City, located in the northeastern part of Miyagi Prefecture, is one of the leading breadbasket regions in the Prefecture and is the main production area of Miyagi rice, such as "Hitomebore".
Tome is also known as the “Village of water and greenery” for its rich natural environment.
It is home to Izunuma and Uchinuma Lakes, which are registered under the Ramsarnvention. Izunuma, Uchinuma, Naganuma, and Byodonuma (which the trail course passes by) are visited by migratory white-fronted geese and swans in winter
In Toyoma Town, there are buildings dating from the Meiji Period (1868-1912) featuring stylish Western-style architecture, including an elementary school, prefectural government office and police station. Also, there are many solidly-built warehouse- style stores and samurai residences remaining from the feudal era. This streetscape is what gives this area the name: “Meiji Village Museum of Miyagi.”
○Toyoma Tourism Information Center (Toyoma Tourism and Local Products Center “Tooyama no Sato”)
Closed Dec 31st – Jan 1st
Address 2 Sakurakoji, Teraike, Toyoma Towni, Tome City
* Multilingual voiced tourism guide is available (free rental).
It works with Japanese, English, Korean and 7 other languages.
“Hatto” is made from wheat flour kneaded well with water and then stretched very thinly by hand. It is cooked in a soy sauce broth or eaten with azuki (sweet red beans) or zunda (sweetened edamame beans).
Each first Sunday in December is the “Japan’s #1 Hatto Festival ” which has
an assortment of more than 30 kinds of hatto with different flavors.
* Restaurants serving “Hatto” from the list of places to eat on the left
Mitsuno Sushi (Reservation required), Yoneyama Michi-no-Eki Roadside Rest Area (Winter
The “Tohoku Food Marathon & Festival” is held at the end of April in Futopia Park by Naganuma Lake. It is one of the largest events in Japan’s northeastern Tohoku region.
The “Tohoku Food Marathon” course is the first full marathon in Miyagi Prefecture and takes runners around the beautiful Naganuma lakeside area. It coincides with related events featuring food and sake from across the region including the “Tome Food Festival,” “Tohoku Sake Festival”.
Tome City, Urban Development Promotion Division,
Tourism City Promotion Department