Kesennuma in Sanriku is the major port town in Japan. Fresh seafood is unloaded at the fishing port every morning. We're going to introduce you to Kesennuma today-a town that boasts a lot of fish catches.

About Kesennuma, Sanriku 

Kesennuma in Sanriku is situated in Miyagi Prefecture's northwestern portion. Oshima, the biggest island in the Tohoku region, is at the entrance of Kesennuma Bay. At Kesennuma fishing port, many marine products are supplied. This town also leads Japan in the quantity of seafood fish catches like bonitos, sharks and sauries. Free Wi-Fi is available in significant tourist and government installations in  Miyagi prefecture.

Tsunami in Kesennuma

Kesennuma suffered a major tsunami damage in the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. An approximately 13-meter high tsunami hit a building at Kesennuma Koyo High School. The Memorial Museum was built on the site of that high school to retain the state of the damage at that time. Tourists can freely tour the school. The explanations for the exhibits are offered in foreign languages like English.

Spot Information

  • Spot name:  Ruins of the Great East Japan Earthquake Kesennuma City Memorial Museum
  • Street Address: 9-1 Hajikamisemukai, Kesennuma, Miyagi
  • Access: About 3 minutes by taxi from Rikuzenhashikami Station

Things to do in Kesennuma, Sanriku

Kesennuma Fish Market

Every day a lot of seafood is transferred to the fish market. Fish auctions begin in the morning on display inside the house with rows of fish. There is a 354 m long trip deck on the building's second floor. From the deck you can watch the market.

Spot Information

  • Spot name: Kesennuma Fish Market
  • Street Address: 8-25 Uoichibamae, Kesennuma, Miyagi
  • Access: About 10 minutes by car from Kesennuma Station

Kesennuma Shark Museum

Kesennuma Shark Museum is the only shark museum in Japan. Shark specimens are on display. You can also learn about the sea of Kesennuma, which has been resurrected after the earthquake.

The museum is located on the second floor of a tourism product manufacturer named "Umi no Ichi". There are also restaurants and souvenir shops that provide the specialties of Kesennuma. Credit card payments are not accepted. There is free Wi-Fi.

Spot Information

  • Spot name: Kesennuma Shark Museum
  • Street Address: 7-13 Uoichibamae, Kesennuma, Miyagi
  • Access: About 10 minutes by bus or car from Kesennuma Station

Restaurants in Kesennuma

Ramen Hormone Tsukasa

Kesennuma is a popular shark fins manufacturing region. You can eat shark fins ramen in this restaurant. There is also a menu that uses bowel meals, which is Kesennuma's soul food. Tourists are popular with "Kesennuma horumon teishoku" (intestine set meal).

Spot Information

  • Spot name: Ramen Hormone Tsukasa
  • Street Address: 12-2 Taya, Kesennuma, Miyagi
  • Access: About a 3-minute walk from Minami-Kesennuma Station

Hotels in Kesennuma

Kesennuma Plaza Hotel

From the hotel, you can see the complete operation of the fishing port. There is a hot spring in the hotel where you can experience a "floating bath." Free Wi-Fi is available in the guest space. The hotel has employees talking English.

Spot Information

  • Spot name: Kesennuma Plaza Hotel
  • Street Address: 1-1 Kashizaki, Kesennuma, Miyagi
  • Access: About 10 minutes by car from Kesennuma Station. There is free shuttle bus service to the station.

Access to Kesennuma, Sanriku

  • By train from Tokyo: take Tohoku Shinkansen from Tokyo Station to Ichinoseki Station. Change to Ofunato Line at Ichinoseki Station and get off at Kesennuma Station.
  • By plane: depart for Sendai Airport by plane. Take Sendai Airport Access Line at the airport and get off at Sendai Station. Take an expressway bus for Kesennuma at Sendai Station.