If you ever visit Watari in autumn, please take the opportunity to enjoy the local cuisine of Watari-cho, which Masamune Date is said to have also tasted.
Watari boasts superb views of mountains, rivers, and the ocean. At Lake Torinoumi, you will enjoy the starry sky to the fullest. If you look west from the plains, you will have a beautiful view of Mt. Zao. Around Abukuma River, the area is full of crimson clovers in early summer and sunflowers in the summer.
Watari-cho has a mild climate and the largest production of strawberries in the Tohoku area. From winter through spring, you can enjoy strawberry picking at berry farms.
Despite over 90-years of history, Watari-cho's apples are sometimes called the "phantom apple" because they are not distributed in the marketplace. The main brand is "Fuji" and the flesh is honey-like. It is characterized by its juicy and rich flavors.
The rare and only acerola garden in eastern Japan was damaged by the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake but has been successfully restored. Processed goods are also popular as well as fresh acerola.
Surfing started in Arahara about thirty years ago. There are currently two surf shops in Watari-cho and they are still doing business just like before the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake. During summer, they also offer complimentary trial classes for beginners.
The natural hotspring facility is located by the beach and the views from the panoramic baths on the top floor are stunning. You can take a bath as you enjoy the superb views of Mt. Zao to the west and the Pacific Ocean to the east.
During the Warring State Period, Shigezane Date fought like a brave warrior as the right-hand man of Masamune Date. At the age of 35, he became a feudal lord of Watari and worked on building a new community for the new era. Watari gradually prospered more and more as he improved irrigation canals, raised the crop yield, and created new rice fields.
Shomyoji Temple is known for its giant chinquapin tree, a government-designated natural monument. The chinquapin, estimated to be over 700 years old, is 14m in height and 8m in trunk diameter at 1.6m above the ground.
Yurikan is located next to Watari Station. There is a folk museum on the first floor of the large castle-shaped building. You will learn about the history and culture of Watari. Documents and the armor and helmet of Shigezane Date from the feudal era are on display. It also boasts great views from the top floor, where you can overlook all of Watari-cho.