Naruko (鳴子) is a small town in Osaki, Miyagi.
By trainNaruko is accessible by train on the JR East Rikū-Tōsen Line, some 40 minutes from Furukawa, an interchange station with the Tohoku Shinkansen line.
By busDirect shuttle buses to Sendai and its airport run several times a day for a cost of around ¥1500.
By carTwo national highways, Route 47 and Route 108, pass through the area.
Naruko GorgeThis is a steep 2.5-km-long ravine famous for its fall colors in October and November.
Taki no Yuaddress: 鳴子温泉湯元A small traditional old wooden bathhouse with waters blended from two springs, one milky white, the other clear. Several pipes create artificial waterfalls, which are comfortable to sit under.
SkiingSeveral ski resorts operate in the winter, especially around the hot spring resort of Onikōbe.
KokeshiNaruko is one among many places to claim to have originated this cylindrical wooden doll, emblematic of Tohoku. The Japan Kokeshi Museum is in Naruko, and some 80 craftsmen work there full-time.
Sobadokoro KobanaA basic noodle joint, locally known for its free-range chicken namban (southern barbarian) style.
Kābehorieaddress: 鳴子温泉字新屋敷６３−１This small bakery makes its own bread and rolls. It also sells soft serve ice cream.
BudgetOther than camping, there are few budget options here.
address: 鳴子温泉字赤湯34This ryokan stands out from the crowd by offering eight separate baths to sample — one outdoors and many privately reservable.