Ishinomaki (Sanriku area) is a city with the second largest population in Miyagi prefecture after Sendai. This town promotes and supports tourism activities with policies such as providing free SIM cards to foreign tourists. In this article, we will introduce what Ishinomaki has to offer you, from gourmet to sightseeing spots.

About Ishinomaki

Ishinomaki is situated in Miyagi Prefecture's eastern portion. In the area of Ishinomaki there are distant islands that are best adapted for a sightseeing journey like Kinkasan and Tashirojima. In Ishinomaki, the fishing industry is thriving with various town harbors such as the fishing port of Ishinomaki.

Free SIM cards are distributed to foreign tourists in Ishinomaki. You can easily get one at the Ishinomaki Tourist Information Center, for example.

Tsunami in Ishinomaki

The tsunami caused significant harm to Ishinomaki during the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. A lot of restauration aid operations are taking advantage of local specialties to assist revive the city. Located in the main Ishinomaki shopping district, Ishinomaki Studio offers exquisitely easy design for furniture. Their company task is to make an chance for the unfortunate catastrophe. Their product is preferred in Japan as well as abroad. 

Spot Information

  • Spot name: Ishinomaki Laboratory (Ishinomaki Kobo)
  • Street Address: 164-3 Sakaeda, Watanoha, Ishinomaki, Miyagi
  • Access: About a 20-minute walk from Watanoha Station

Things to do in Ishinomaki

Ishinomori Manga Museum

The Manga Museum of Ishinomori is a memorial hall of Shotaro Ishinomori, a Miyagi Prefecture manga artist. Mr. Ishinomori has created many unique film works, such as "Kamen Rider." The museum displayed his works ' initial drawings. Foreign language speaking employees and brochures are published in foreign languages.

Spot Information

  • Spot name: Ishinomori Manga Museum
  • Street Address:  2-7 Nakaze, Ishinomaki, Miyagi
  • Access: About a 15-minute walk from Ishinomaki Station

San Juan Bautista Museum

The museum is situated in Oshikahanto, where a consular vessel called San Juan Bautista was once the departure point.

San Juan Bautista's replica is on display at the museum. Foreign language speaking employees and brochures are published in foreign languages. The museum also offers free Wi-Fi.

Spot Information

  • Spot name: San Juan Bautista Museum
  • Street Address: 30-2 Watanoha-Omori, Ishinomaki, Miyagi
  • Access: About 25 minutes on foot or about 5 minutes by taxi from Watanoha Station

Restaurants in Ishinomaki

Fujiya Shokudo

Ishinomaki is home to a local gourmet called "Ishinomaki Yakisoba." Ishinomaki Yakisoba is defined by brown noodles "double-steamed" and the fried egg on top.

This restaurant, offering "Ishinomaki Yakisoba," has been long established and loved by local people. With periodic clients and visitors, it's popular and crowded.

Spot Information

  • Spot name: Fujiya Shokudo
  • Street Address: 2-6-17 Tachimachi, Ishinomaki, Miyagi
  • Access: a 4-minute walk from Ishinomaki Station

Hotels in Ishinomaki

Ishinomaki Grand Hotel

The hotel is situated in Ishinomaki's main area. Hotel restaurants use Ishinomaki's new local ingredients. There is Wi-Fi in all chambers. And it is possible to use credit cards for payment. The hotel has English-speaking employees as well.

Spot Information

  • Spot name: Ishinomaki Grand Hotel
  • Street Address:  2-10 Sengoku-cho, Ishinomaki, Miyagi
  • Access: a 5-minute walk from Ishinomaki Station


  • By train from Tokyo: Take the Tohoku Shinkansen at Tokyo Station and head to Sendai Station. Transfer to the Senseki-Tohoku line at Sendai Station and get off at Ishinomaki Station. Or you can take the expressway bus for Ishinomaki at Sendai Station.
  • By plane: Fly to Sendai Airport and then take the Sendai Airport Access Line at the airport heading to Sendai Station. Take the train route or the bus route at Sendai Station to reach Ishinomaki.