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  • Hiyoriyama Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Miyagi Pref. Ishinomakishi Hiyorigaoka 2-chome Chinai
    This is a park atop Hiyoriyama hill that is famous for offering a view of all of Ishinomaki. Long ago it was said to have been frequented by the haiku poet Matsuo Basho. On a clear day one can see the Oshika Peninsula and the islands of Matsushima across the water. Known as a place to see cherry blossoms, the Hiyoriyama Cherry Blossom Festival is held every year in April, and is lit up at night for spectacular scenery.
  • Yuzushi Taya Branch
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Miyagi Pref. Kesennumashi Taya 13-7
    A one minute walk from Minami-Kesennuma Station. Established in 1959, Yuzushi is the oldest sushi restaurant in Kesennuma. Yuzushi’s sushi, made with select fresh seafood brought in to Kesennuma Port, is hearty in portion and reasonable in price. The most popular item on the menu is shark fin comparison set, which lets you taste and compare two types of shark fin with differing textures. Other popular choices include the seasonal Kesennuma chef’s choice Sushi Kaido set, prepared with seasonal, local fish caught that very day; and the double shark fin rice bowl, a bowl of rice extravagantly topped with two different tasting shark fins.
  • Ishinomori Mangattan Museum
    Travel / Tourism
    Miyagi Pref. Ishinomakishi Nakaze 2-7
    Opened in 2001, the Ishinomori Mangattan Museum has eagerly adopted and employed the “Manga Declaration”, which represents the creative ideals of Shotaro Ishinomori regarding the expressive potential of manga (comics) as a media. In addition to entertaining and animated displays, standard exhibits, special exhibition rooms, and an original animation theater, this museum even offers you the opportunity to try animation for yourself. The plentiful content is overwhelming. About 10 minutes by car via Ishinomaki Kanan Interchange on the Sanriku Expressway.
  • Ogama-Hanzo, Oreishi
    Travel / Tourism
    Karuwa Town, Kesennuma City, Miyagi ken
    This group of rock formations in Sanriku Fukko (reconstruction) National Park that extends from southern Aomori Prefecture to the Oshika Peninsula in Miyagi Prefecture is one of its officially designated a Place of Scenic Beauty. The cove known as Ogama has been carved out of the rock in the shape of a rounded cooking pot, giving the landform its name (ogama means big pot in Japanese). There's a view of the waves continually breaking against it from Hanzo. Another formation in the shape of a slender stone tower is about 16 meters high. Two meters broke off due to the tsunami that resulted from the 1896 Sanriku earthquake, so it's known as the Oreishi, or broken rock. There is also a promenade between running between Ogama and Hanzo, a rest house, and a parking lot.
  • Restaurant Seaside
    5 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Miyagi Pref. Motoyoshigunminamisanrikuchou Shidugawa Kurosaki 99-17
    A restaurant located inside the Minami Sanriku Hotel Kanyo. Non-guests are also free to make use of the establishment. The restaurant's signature dish is the Minami Sanriku Kirakira-don, invented by the proprietress to help aid the recovery of areas stricken by the Great East Japan Earthquake. This tasty rice bowl is topped with local ingredients which are changed depending on what's in season, such as sea urchin and ikura salted salmon roe. This dish was awarded the 2014 Judge's Special Prize by Food Action Nippon for its role in speeding disaster recovery.


  • Takenoura Hishokaku
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Miyagi Pref. Ishinomakishi Yamashitachou 1-19-6
    A traditional kappo ryotei restaurant serving primarily sushi. The restaurant also operates a gorgeous wedding hall. Dedicated to the concept of local production for local consumption, the restaurant serves sushi primarily made with seafood from the local fishing port of Ishinomaki. In addition to dinner, the restaurant also has a lunch menu as well as a menu for large tour groups. The restaurant also offers a delivery service and can provide delivery catering for events such as a Buddhist memorial service.
  • Takamasa Onagawa Honten Mangoku no Sato
    Miyagi Oshika-gun Onagawacho Urashukuhama Hamada 21
    Mangoku no Sato is a manufacturing plant and outlet store for Miyagi Prefecture's famous Kamaboko (fish sausage). The entire production line is electrified, and visitors can observe the process. No reservations are necessary to walk down the observation hallway and look through the window to see Kamaboko being made. Visitors may also pay to try grilling and eating their own Sasa Kamaboko (a variety of Kamaboko made to resemble a leaf of broad-leafed bamboo) at a table with a tabletop grill. The onsite outlet store offers a full range of varieties of Kamaboko to buy as souvenirs.
  • Roadside Station Joubon no Sato
    51 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Miyagi Pref. Ishinomakishi Kofunakoshi Futagokitashimo 1-1
    A roadside station standing along National Route 45 close to the Kahoku interchange on the Sanriku Expressway. The station is adjoined by the Futago no Yu hot spring bath facility, and visitors can soothe away the fatigue of their journey here. The station's restaurant, Shiori, serves a popular buffet consisting of a variety of local specialty dishes. Manjuya-san, located at the entrance to the station's farm-fresh market, sells Chikuwa Sankyodai chikuwa fish paste skewers and the Ishimaki Oden Burger, which was developed in collaboration with the local Ishinomaki Senshu University.

    This is a relatively new Road Station where you can get some great local treats. Go for the large sweet bean buns- they are delicious! You can also have a buffet dinner with a great variety of...

  • Shiraken Kamaboko Ten Flagship Store
    35 Reviews
    Life / Living / Hospital
    Miyagi Pref. Ishinomakishi Tachimachi 2-4-29
    A shop owned and operated by a company renowned for its kamaboko steamed fish paste, a Miyagi Prefecture specialty. The shop sells fresh kamaboko straight from a factory in Ishimaki City. The company uses only select fish paste, salt, and other flavorings. The company also takes great care in how its kamaboko is made-only master kamaboko makers who are certified according to a national kamaboko making certification as well as the company's own internal certification work on the production line. The shop sells standard sasa kamaboko and satsuma-age as well as kamaboko with cheese and other modern variations.

    the best kamaboko they sale here, kamaboko is fish cake nowhere in Japan you can find this unique taste it is a must to buy

  • Kesennuma Sakana-no-Eki
    Miyagi Pref. Kesennumashi Tanakamae 2-12-3
    A fish market housed in the Kesennuma Food Distribution Center. The market was launched as a Great East Japan Earthquake restoration project under the catchphrase, Kesennuma's health starts with fish. The market consists of six seafood shops as well as two shops selling local liquors and produce. All of the shops are fronted by showcases filled with fresh seafood straight from the port. Volunteer Station in Kesennuma's office is also located here, and the market also serves an important role as a space for local events.
  • Coffee Kobo Ishikawa (Main Shop)
    1 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Miyagi Pref. Ishinomakishi Kitamura Kosakichi 15-3
    A cafe where you can drink proprietary one drip coffee located in Ishinomaki City. The beans the coffee uses for roasting come from 10 countries around the world. The shop also offers coffee blends named after places such as the Hawaii Kau, Mocha Matari, the signature Ishinomaki, and the aromatic Onagawa. The Sendai Blue Coffee set comes with four select coffee blends. Coffee beans and coffee-flavored nut candies are sold at the counter. The Coffee Duke coffee-flavored cakes are particularly popular.

    お店に入った瞬間コーヒーのいい香りが漂って来ます。 ピザを食べましたが、トーストがふわっふわで美味しかったです。 シフォンケーキも絶品でした。

  • Mt. Tokusenjosan
    Travel / Tourism
    Miyagi Prefecture
    This 711-meter mountain is at the boundary between Kesennuma City and the former town of Motoyoshi. It's very famous for viewing azaleas from the middle to the end of May when the whole place bursts into a beautiful scene of red and green. With about 500,000 plants covering a range of 50 hectares, the colorful scenery reaches from the mountain summit to the Pacific Ocean. It takes about 45 minutes from the trail head to the summit, making it accessible to beginners as well, assuming they have the proper clothing and other hiking items. Expect big crowds on Saturdays and Sundays during the season. If you want to take your time and enjoy it, we recommend going on weekdays.
  • Cape Iwaisaki
    Travel / Tourism
    Miyagi Pref. Kesennumashi Hajikamiwaisaki
    This sightseeing spot with a variety of natural landmarks is 25 minutes by car from JR Kesennuma Station. Various fossils have been discovered there dating from the Paleozoic era's Permian period 250 million years ago. It's been designated a Miyagi Prefecture Natural Monument. At the end of the cape there is a blowhole formed by sea water erosion over the eons. It spouts the surf into the air every time they break on the rocks, and when the waves are high, the site is truly impressive. There is also a tree called the Dragon Pine that gained its current dragon-like form from the tsunami after the Great East Japan Earthquake. The statue of the sumo grand champion Hidenoyama Raigoro also survived the tsunami and you can still see it today.
  • Onagawa-cho Regional Wholesale Market
    Miyagi Pref. Oshikagunonagawachou Miyagasaki Miyagasaki 87
    The natural harbor in Onagawa a five minute walk from Onagawa Station on the JR Ishinomaki Line has been renowned since ancient times. Several boat lines connecting to outlying islands leave from here, including Ashi-jima Island, a breeding ground for black-tailed gulls and rhinoceros auklets designated a National Natural Monument; and Enoshima Island, the only inhabited island in the Enoshima Island Archipelago. A scheduled boat also visits Mt. Kinka, one of the Three Holy Sites of Oshu (Mutsu Province), every Sunday and on holidays. Mt. Kinka is a popular mystical power spot. The port boasts one of the greatest hauls of Pacific saury in the country and its waters are used to cultivate oysters and silver salmon. The fresh seafood brought in here is used in town restaurants to make local specialties such as the Onagawa donburi rice bowl.
  • Seapal Pier Onagawa
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Miyagi Pref. Oshikagunonagawachou Onagawahama Ohara 1-4
    A shopping mall hosting 26 establishments located a one minute walk from JR Onagawa Station and adjoining the pedestrian walkway in front of the station. The mall is notable for its many restaurants serving dishes made with seafood caught in the waters off Onagawa, all of which are distinctly colored by local culture, such as a restaurant owned and operated by a tuna boat captain. The mall also hosts establishments tied to the community such as apparel sores and a barber shop, and the mall serves the needs of local residents as well as travelers visiting the area. The mall is adjoined by Hama Terrace, a tourism facility with eight establishments include restaurants and shops selling seafood products.
  • Onagawa Nuclear Power Public Relations Center
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Miyagi Pref. Oshikagunonagawachou Tsukahama Maeda 123
    This facility is approximately 25 minutes by car from Onagawa Town. It is located near the Onagawa Nuclear Power Plant and introduces the process of nuclear power generation through models and images in an easily accessible way. It also presents a detailed exhibition about nuclear power and its perception in society through panel displays and video based on the aftermath of the accident at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant due to the Great East Japan Earthquake. Their Sweet Garden on the premises has 70 varieties of roses, and they hold a rose garden fair from early summer to fall. This facility lets visitors see, feel, and learn while enjoying themselves.
  • Kyukamura Kesennuma-Ohshima
    Travel / Tourism
    Miyagi Pref. Kesennumashi Sotobatake 16
    This hotel is located on Kesennuma's Oshima Island about five minutes by shuttle bus from Uranohama Port. The spacious white-toned lobby-lounge is comfortable, soothing, and exudes a sense of cleanliness. They have a lunch service with lots of gourmet Kesennuma delicacies like abalone and Sendai beef, as well as a large public bath where guests can hear the surf. Both are available to non-staying guests as well. Their shop features an array of items from a long-standing Kesennuma dealer and customers enjoy shopping for items like nori, kombu, and camellia oil. They hold participatory programs as well.
  • Kesennuma Umino-ichi
    22 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Miyagi Pref. Kesennumashi Uoichibamae 7-13
    Approximately ten minutes by car from JR Kesennuma Station, Kesennuma Umino-ichi features fine food, shopping, and learning opportunities tied to the sea off Kesennuma. It has the only shark museum in Japan where visitors learn hands-on about shark ecology and the bonds to the sea that nurture the population. Their enormous replica shark is a highlight. They also have ice projection mapping and ice sculpture displays, testifying to the port town's talent for ice art. A large variety of shops provide processed products and fresh seafood landed at Kesennuma and Sanriku area.

    whether you are new to Japan or leaving here for several years, this is worthwhile stop. It is a newly renovated shopping center - just opened recently up after the tsunami - still has the flowers...

  • Kesennuma Osakanaichiba
    6 Reviews
    Miyagi Pref. Kesennumashi Minatomachi 2-13
    This shopping spot featuring a huge variety of fresh gourmet cuisine is in Kesennuma City's Naiwan area, about 15 minutes on foot from Minami-Kesennuma Station on the Kesennuma Line. Featuring local processed marine products and seasonal fish landed at Kesennuma Port, they offer a host of items only available in Kesennuma for their visitors' enjoyment. They also serve meals featuring a variety of reasonably priced seafood dishes such as their rice bowl and set meals. Their popular aburi sanma saury received the Emperor's Award at the 42nd Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Festival.


  • Rias Ark Museum of Art
    27 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Miyagi Pref. Kesennumashi Akaiwamakisawa 138-5
    This museum is in Kesennuma City, Miyagi Prefecture is a lifelong learning facility dedicated to creating a unique, regional culture through the development of permanent and planned projects. On the first floor they exhibit materials related to their own research conducted over a two-year period after the Great East Japan Earthquake. Visitors can observe about 500 items, including 203 photographs taken of the disaster site since March 11, 2011, 155 disaster related items, and 137 historical documents. The second floor features a permanent exhibition of history and folk culture, as well as a set of illustrated panels called the Ark Diary depicting the lives of local people and how they're supported by a rich food environment.

    Rias has an excellent exhibition (with an English guide book to translate all of the exhibitions Japanese captions) about the 2011 Great Eastern Japan earthquake and tsunami. The standing...

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Lying along the northeastern coast of Japan, Miyagi prefecture is home to lashings of natural parks, oysters, and hot springs. While the bustling city of Sendai offers some simple city entertainment, it’s the Matsushima islands that deserve the most attention, having boosted the prefecture’s reputation as one of Japan’s most scenic views.

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