[:en]This video, that feels like a music video, features a woman who visits the famous places of Murata Town with rap music in the background. There is no detailed explanation, but the atmosphere of the town really comes through.

 

 

Murata Town, located in the southern part of Miyagi Prefecture, is a lush green town surrounded by mountains. The town is located next to Sendai City, and has prospered as a place of traffic since long time ago, but nowadays there are no train stations, and the city can only be accessed by either bus or car. Storehouses remain as a part of the townscape, so you can still imagine how the town used to prosper during the Edo period. Because of the beautiful townscape, and the basin that resembles the geography of Kyōto, it is sometimes called little Kyōto.

 

Access to Murata Town

Arriving by plane:
Approx. 1 hour 15 min. from Narita Airport to Sendai Airport, then approx. 20 min. from Sendai Airport Station to Sendai Station via the Sendai Airport Access Line, and finally approx. 30 min. from Sendai Station West Exit to the front of Murata Town Hall by a bus heading from Sendai City to Active Resorts Miyagi Zaō in Zaō Town.

Arriving by train:
Approx. 1 hour 30 min. from Tōkyō Station to Sendai Station by a Tōhoku Shinkansen train, and then approx. 30 min. by car via Tōhoku Expressway to the town area.

Must-see Spots to Visit When Visiting Murata Town

Townscape with storehouses

The thing that gives you the best idea of what Murata Town is about are the storehouses that stand in line in the town area. During the Edo period, the town served as an important point on the highway that connected Sendai and Yamagata. The traders of Murata used to buy safflowers and indigo from the surrounding areas and send it to the big cities. The storehouses served as both buildings and residences, which shared the same entrance. These types of storehouses are said to be unique to Murata Town.

 

Sportsland SUGO
A race track that also has a circuit of Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile. Tournaments of various sizes are held here. While you can of course watch the races, you may also want to drive on the race track yourself with one of their rental carts, which have a top speed of 80 km/h.

 

Must-get Souvenirs to Buy When Visiting Murata Town

Products made from broad beans
Murata Town is known as a production site of broad beans, and as such you can purchase various products that are made from broad beans. There are many popular products, each with their own characteristics. For example, “broad bean udon noodles”, which are chewy and have the characteristic flavor of broad beans, and “broad bean ice cream”, which is made of top class vanilla flavored with the taste of broad beans.

 

Famous Must-see Festivals To See When Visiting Murata Town

Town of Storehouses Murata, Hotei Festival

A festival that worships “Hotei”, the god of fortune. It is held every year in the beginning of October. More than two-meter-tall gigantic Hotei dolls are accompanied by instruments like flutes and drums, as they parade through the town together with dashi floats. The melody played by the flute is said to be “Aoba no Fue”, which was the favorite melody of the young warrior of the Taira family, Taira no Atsumori, who once escaped to the Tohoku region.

 

Murata Town with its old storehouses, that once used to be busy, is a place that makes you feel nostalgic.

 [:ja]ミュージックビデオのような雰囲気の動画です。ラップのメロディーに乗せて、一人の女性が村田町の名所をめぐります。詳しい解説があるわけではないのですが、町の雰囲気は十分に伝わってきます。

 

 

宮城県の南部にある村田町は、周りを山々に囲まれた自然豊かな町です。大都市の仙台市に接していて、古くから交通の拠点として栄えてきましたが、現在は町内に止まる鉄道駅はなく、バスや自動車が主な交通手段となります。街の中心部には蔵の町並みが残っており、江戸時代の繁栄を今に伝えます。その美しい街並みと京都に似た盆地の地形から、小京都と讃えられることもあります。

 

村田町へのアクセス

飛行機の場合:
成田空港から仙台空港まで約1時間15分。仙台空港アクセス線で仙台空港駅から仙台駅まで約20分。仙台から蔵王アクティブリゾーツ宮城蔵王行きバスで、仙台駅西口から村田町役場前まで約30分。

電車の場合:
東北新幹線で東京駅から仙台駅まで約1時間30分。車で東北自動車道を経由して市街地まで約30分。

 

村田町に来たら!絶対行くべきスポット

蔵の町並み
村田町らしさをもっとも感じられるのが、市街地の蔵が並ぶ町並みでしょう。江戸時代には、仙台と山形を結ぶ街道の要所として栄えました。村田の商人は、紅花や藍を周辺地域から買い集めて、大都市に送っていたとのことです。店舗や住居を兼ねた「店蔵」と門が一対になったつくりの蔵が並ぶ景観は、村田町ならではのものと言われています。

 

スポーツランドSUGO
国際自動車連盟公認のサーキットもあるレース場で、大小さまざまな大会が開催されています。レース観戦はもちろんのこと、最高速度80km/hのレンタルカートで、実際にコースを走ることもできます。

 

村田町に来たら!絶対買うべきおみやげ

そら豆加工品
そら豆の産地としても知られる村田町では、おみやげとしてさまざまなそら豆加工品を購入することができます。コシの強さとそら豆の香りが特徴の「そらまめうどん」や、最高級のバニラにそら豆の風味を加えた「そらまめアイス」など、特徴のある商品が人気です。

村田町で見ておきたい!有名なお祭り

蔵の町むらた布袋まつり
商売の神様「布袋さま」を讃える祭りです。毎年10月上旬に開催されます。背丈2メートルほどある巨大な布袋人形が、笛や太鼓のお囃子に合わせて山車とともに練り歩きます。笛の音色は、かつて東北の地に逃れてきた平家の若武者、平敦盛が好んで吹いていた「青葉の笛」と伝わっています。

 

かつてのにぎわいが感じられる蔵の町並みが、どこか懐かしい気分にさせてくれる場所です。

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