Spots in Ishinomaki / Kesennuma Area

  • Kesennuma Umino-ichi
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    4.0
    25 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...

  • Ishinomaki Genki Ichiba
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    4.0
    35 Reviews
    Shopping
    Miyagi Pref. Ishinomakishi Chuou 2-11-11
    This large market is located about 12 minutes on foot from Ishinomaki Station on the JR Senseki Line. Every day they offer fresh Ishinomaki caught seafood on the first floor, and visitors love their fresh picked vegetables and just-baked bread. They also sell local specialties and unique items, letting guests shop to their hearts' content in the spacious, high ceilinged store. The second floor is a food court where you can dine on dishes that showcase Ishinomaki seafood like their Kinkazan Rice Bowl heaped with fresh local toppings and their Anago Tempura Rice Bowl topped with an enormous portion of conger eel, crispy on the outside and tender within.

    石巻のマンガッタン近くにある物産の市場でお買い物。そのあとその2階にある食堂で食事。テラス席があり、目の前にはマンガッタンが見えるという景色も素敵❗ 石巻ならやはり海鮮も欠かせない。ということで食べたのはオススメの元気丼(海鮮丼)1350円。 エビ、帆立、マグロ、中トロ、ほっき、さばなど、あれこれ乗った丼でした。 ごちそうさまでした(^o^)

  • Restaurant Seaside
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    4.0
    286 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.

    Be prepared for a huge, touristy hotel. If you prefer small ryokans with personal touch services, this place isnt for you. Most of their customers come from tour groups. Service was very good and we...

  • Sant Juan Bautista Museum
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    4.0
    28 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Miyagi Pref. Ishinomakishi Watanoha Omori 30-2
    This museum is located about five minutes by car from JR Watanoha Station. The San Juan Bautista was a galleon ship that went back and forth across the Pacific Ocean in the 1600s. A replica of it is moored here, and visitors learn about the achievements of the Keicho Envoy and sailing culture during the Age of Discovery. The design of the adjacent San Juan Park is based on an Italian plaza the Keicho Envoy's Hasekura Tsunenaga might have seen, and it hosts outdoor events. *Due to restoration work, the ship is currently closed to tours.

    Ive visited this site several times since 2014. However, its been over two years since my last visit. Now you cannot go to the dock around the ship. You cannot board the ship. I talked to the women...

  • Roadside Station Joubon no Sato
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    4.0
    8 Reviews
    Transportation
    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.

    鯖漬け丼が美味しそうだったので入りました。鯖はしっかり処理されており臭みがなく甘く、酢飯との相性抜群でした! バイキング料理も美味しそうだったので、是非また来てみたいです。

  • Rias Ark Museum of Art
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    4.5
    28 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...

  • Kesennuma Fish Market
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    3.5
    7 Reviews
    Shopping
    Miyagi Kesennuma-shi 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.

    気仙沼プラザホテルに宿泊した折、エレベーターで1階まで行くと、すぐ目の前にあったので寄った。新鮮な魚介類や地元ならではの加工品や土産が多数並んでいるが、雨のウィークディ、コロナ禍のただ中ということもあり、店内は閑散としていた。 最近、港町にありがちな業態で、いわゆる「市場」ではない。鮮魚を扱う土産物屋といった風であまり魅力は感じなかった。

  • Tsuriishi Shrine
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    4.0
    17 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Miyagi Pref. Ishinomakishi Kitakamichoujusanhama Shoubuta 305
    Approximately 40 minutes from the Kawakita Interchange off the Sanriku Expressway, this shrine is known as the shrine of wisdom and academic knowledge in which the Amenokoyane god is enshrined. The shrine gets its name from its object of worship, which is an immense rock that appears as though it is hanging from ropes in midair. It gained popularity as the god of academic entrance examinations, because it may seem as though you will fail but you won’t, when the cords of the rock did not fail but the rock did not fall and survived the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011 and many other disasters. Every year from mid-December the new year’s decorations of a large hoop, an Ashi-no-Wa, and gate post decorations made from special reeds are placed at the entrance as a welcome to many worshipers.

    2011年の大震災の影響で周辺の集落や道路、神社の鳥居などが流されてしまった為、現在は道路の工事中でかなりの回り道をしないと辿り着けません。 鳥居や社務所も仮設のものとなっています。 拝殿(というか祠)や釣石は上部にあるので無事だったようです。 ここの由来ともなっている「釣石」は落ちそうで落ちないことから「受験の神」として崇められており、他にも釣石を男石として、下にある巨石を女石として夫婦円満の神...

  • Karakuwa Peninsula Visitors Center / Experiencing Tsunami House
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    4.0
    11 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Miyagi Pref. Kesennumashi Karakuwachousakihama 4-3
    This experience facility at the tip of Karakuwa Peninsula provides visitors with an accessible introduction to the environment and culture of the area through photos, video and more. The center's main draw is its Tsunami Museum. Built after the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami, it creates a simulated tsunami experience through images, sound, vibration, and simulated wind. It also displays numerous photographs and video taken by local residents in the aftermath of the disaster.

    若かりし頃一度見学した記憶があり、再訪してみました。 震災後に映像は作り替えられているようですが、設備は昔のまま? 津波の映像に合わせて、座席がガタガタと揺れたり、風が前方から吹いてきたり、 壁のカーテンが開き、映像が鏡で広げられたりと、懐かしみのある演出。 古くてもそれなりに体験させてもらいました。

  • Onagawa Nuclear Power Public Relations Center
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    3.5
    11 Reviews
    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.

    女川町にある原子力発電の啓発センターです。模型やパネル、映像から原子力の仕組みをしっかり学ぶことができました。

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Sushi Horai
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    4.5
    25 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Miyagi Ishinomaki-shi Sengokucho 1-3
    This sushi restaurant is located in Sengoku-cho, Ishinomaki City. Guests can enjoy nigiri sushi made with fresh seafood from the Sanriku Coast and Sasanishiki rice grown in Miyagi Prefecture paired with local sake. Their popular conger eel oshizushi (pressed sushi) is accented with the pungent bite of Japanese pepper.

    石巻駅の近くにあるおいしいお寿司屋さんです。駐車場もあります。 店内は11席しかない小さなお店ですが、ここのお寿司はすばらしくおいしいです。 海鮮丼・握りどれもおいしいです。 海外からのお客さんも来ているぐらいおいしいです。 そして、値段もリーズナブル。遠いのでなかなかいけませんがまたいつか必ず行きたいと思います。

  • 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.
  • Otokoyama Honten
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    4.5
    2 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Miyagi Kesennuma-shi Irisawa 3-8
    Established in 1912, this sake brewery is located in 3-Chome, Irisawa, Kesennuma City. It uses Miyagi's own sake rice, Kura no Hana to brew famous sake such as Kesennuma Otokoyama, Sotenden and Biroku. Brewery tours are also available (a reservation is required).

    Ive been on the guided tour of Otokoyama Honten brewery many times. (When friends from abroad come to visit Kesennuma, its one of the first places that I like to take them!) The guided tour...

  • 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.
  • Koganeyama-jinja Shrine
    Travel / Tourism
    Miyagi Ishinomaki-shi Ayukawahama Kinkasan 5
    This shrine is located in Kinkasan, Ayukawahama, Ishinomaki City. The shrine was built in celebration of the discovery of the first gold mine in Japan in 749 in what is now Wakuya Town. The first gold mined there was then presented to the imperial court. The shrine, which stands on Mt. Kinkaoff the shores of the Oshika Peninsula, enshrines Kanayamahiko-no-kami and Kanayamahime-no-kami, the Shinto deities of gold. The shrine has also venerated the Buddhist deity Benzaiten ever since the age of syncretism of kami and buddhas. Many have come to worship Benzaiten as the deity of luck and economic fortune.
  • Hokkatsu Maguroya Tanakamae Branch
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    4.5
    8 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Miyagi Kesennuma-shi Tanakamae 1-3-18
    This restaurant specializing in tuna dishes is located in Tanakamae 1-Chome, Kesennuma City. The restaurant is operated by the Northern Miyagi Prefecture Tuna Fisheries Cooperative. It serves a variety of dishes featuring wild-caught tuna brought in by the cooperative’s own deep-sea tuna boats including donburi (rice bowls) and sashimi. Another popular offering is their kamatorosteak, which is made with swordfish caught locally in Kesennuma. During dinner service the restaurant offers a number of full-course meals such as their maguro-zanmai, which features several different cuts of tuna to enjoy (reservation required).

    カマトロステーキが本当においしかった! 脂の乗った柔らかい身の味が口の中に甦ります! 本当に美味しいので是非食べてみてくださいね。

  • Sanriku Fukko National Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Miyagi prefecture, Iwate prefecture, Aomori prefecture
    This is a national park which was established in May 2013 in order to contribute to the reconstruction of the Sanriku region which was damaged by the Great East Japan Earthquake, and preserves the “Miracle Lone Pine Tree” and other remnants of the disaster. Visitors can see nature and geographical features unique to the coastal areas such as a rare sea shore (the Tanesashi Coast) where the “sand squeaks”, colonies of rugose rose and sweat pea etc., and the scenic spot of Ohakozaki Senjojiki representing Kamaishi City. There are some visitor centers and museums in the area, exhibiting materials related to nature, ecosystems and the disaster in each area, providing tourist information and multilingual brochures.
  • Horumon Ofuku
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    4.5
    6 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Miyagi Kesennuma-shi Matsuzakinakaze 291-3
    This horumonyaki (grilled offal) restaurant is located in Matsuzakinakaze, Kesennuma City. It serves Kesennuma horumon, a local cuisine of Kesennuma that features intestines, heart, liver, and other pork offal marinated in a garlicky miso-based sauce. The offal is char-grilled and served topped with Worcestershire sauce and a side of shredded cabbage.

    祝日の、午後1時半頃に入店しました。 ホルモン定食のご飯大盛りを注文しました。 約1分後には、ホルモン、ご飯、味噌汁、お新香、そして炭火焼きセットが運ばれてきました。 ホルモンはタレが非常に美味しく、ご飯大盛りでも、なんなく完食しました。 ただ、目の前が炭火ですので、当然ですが、汗が、流れます。

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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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