The Abukuma river in Miyagi Japan is a nice area to visit for a drive or a train ride. It is scenic and is near the terraced rice fields posted in the previous post. It seems to be a nice place to go riding on a mountain bike as there are many small roads one could explore.
The railway station is interesting and not very busy, and there is a small restaurant there also. You can take trains from Sendai and from Fukushima.