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.
Ishinomaki is located in the eastern part of Miyagi Prefecture. There are remote islands in the vicinity of Ishinomaki which are best tailored for a sightseeing trip such as Kinkasan and Tashirojima. Fishing industry is flourishing in Ishinomaki with multiple harbors in the city like Ishinomaki fishing port.
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 during the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011 has caused a major damage to Ishinomaki. There are a lot of restoration assistance activities making use of local specialties to help revive the town. Located inside the shopping district of the central Ishinomaki, Ishinomaki Studio provides furnitures with exquisitely simple design. Their business mission is to turn the unfortunate disaster into an opportunity. Their product are favored both in Japan and overseas.
- 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
Ishinomori Manga Museum is a memorial hall of Shotaro Ishinomori, a manga artist from Miyagi Prefecture. Mr. Ishinomori produced a large number of special filming works, for example "Kamen Rider". The museum exhibited original drawings of his works. There are staff speaking foreign languages and brochures written in foreign languages.
- 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 located in Oshikahanto which was once the departure place of a consular ship called San Juan Bautista.
The replica of San Juan Bautista is on display in the museum. There are staff speaking foreign languages and brochures written in foreign languages. Free Wi-Fi is also available in the museum.
- 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
There is a local gourmet called "Ishinomaki Yakisoba" in Ishinomaki. Ishinomaki Yakisoba is characterized by ”double-steamed” brown noodles and the topping fried egg.
This restaurant, which offers "Ishinomaki Yakisoba", is long-established and loved by the locals. It is popular and crowded with regular customers and tourists.
- 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 located in the central district of Ishinomaki. Restaurants in the hotel make use of fresh local ingredients of Ishinomaki. Wi-Fi is available in all rooms. and credit cards can be used for payment. The hotel also has English-speaking staff.
- 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.