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Sightseeing in Ishinomaki


 Ishinomaki City is very close to Matsushima, which is said to be one of the most beautiful places in Japan. Within Ishinomaki there are also many interesting attractions, which are unique to our city. Also, you can enjoy a wide range of high quality sushi, sashimi, oyster and other seafood, fresh from the Ishinomaki port.

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The Ishinomaki Kawabiraki Festival

 The Ishinomaki Kawabiraki Festival is held on August 1st and 2nd every year. This festival celebrates Kawamura Magobei, a civil engineer and Samurai during the Edo Period, whose improvements to the Kitakami-gawa River helped Ishinomaki to develop and prosper.

 On the first night of the two-day-festival there is a spectacular fireworks display; one of largest in northern Japan(, with about 15,000 separate rounds fired into the sky). During the festival there are many exciting events including the Magobeisen rowing race, and the Tairyo-odori dance parade, where Ishinomaki residents perform traditional, local dances in costume.

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The Ishinomori Manga Museum

 The Ishinomori Manga Museum is a mysterious-looking building shaped like a flying saucer. It’s located on a small island on the Kitakami-gawa River, just a short walk from the train station. This museum is dedicated to the works of Manga (comic) artist Ishinomori Shotaro. He was called the Emperor of Manga because he created hundreds of different Manga including the Kamen Rider series, and Cyborg 009.

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San Juan Bautista Museum 

 This Museum displays information on the San Juan Bautista, a Spanish style galleon built in the 17th century. A replica of the ship is on display at the museum which you can board, and walk through the many rooms and decks. The museum provides detailed information on the ship’s history and technologies, and you can experience for yourself the ship’s journey via a simulated movie. The San Juan Bautista was built in 1613 by Date Masamune, the lord of the Sendai clan. The ship transported an envoy to the Pope in Rome, stopping at Acapulco, Mexico on the way.


Hiyori-yama Park

 Hiyori-yama Park is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the scenery. During spring the cherry blossoms are beautiful, as are the azaleas during summer. Many writers have visited this beautiful spot in the past to gain inspiration for their writing. You can also see deer and geese in the park, and Hiyori-yama Shrine just next to the park. Hiyori-yama Park is located on top of Hiyori-yama, a 56-meter-high hill in the center of Ishinomaki City.


Tashirojima Island and Ajishima Island

 Tashirojima Island and Ajishima Island are both close to Oshika Peninsula, in the southeast corner of Ishinomaki. Both islands have temperate weather and subtropical plants. Tashirojima is 17 km away from the center of Ishinomaki City. There are two uniquely designed camping lodges on Tashirojima, which were designed by two famous cartoonists. These lodges can be used from April to November each year. The neighboring island, Ajishima, is surrounded by clean, clear water, and is one of the most popular swimming beaches within the Ishinomaki area. You can also enjoy sea kayaking and cycling at Ajishima.


Kinkasan Island

 Kinkasan Island lies near the Oshika peninsula on the Pacific Ocean side of Japan. It is one of the three great holy areas of northern Japan, and the whole island is part of the sanctuary of Koganeyama Shrine. According to legend, if you visit the island to worship for three consecutive years, you will not be bothered by money problems rest of your life. The island is inhabited by deer said to be the messengers of Gods.


Roadside Station “Jobon no sato”

 one of more than 800 roadside station (Michinoeki) throughout Japan. Many locally grown agricultural products are sold here, and there is also a restaurant and a hot spring. It’s the perfect place for you to stop and rest on your next journey to or from Ishinomaki.


Saito Family Garden

 This Japanese style garden belonged to the Saito family, a prominent and wealthy farming family in northern Japan throughout the middle and modern ages. There is a museum exhibiting the Jomon earthen wares excavated from the site. Jomon earth ware is a straw-rope patterned pottery made in the ancient Jomon Period.



 There were once two villages in Kitakami that had been arguing about the border between their villages for a long time. One day, a huge whale landed on the beach, close to the border. That night as they fought for possession of the whale, the headland split in two. They thought it was verdict from the Gods, and stopped the quarrel. Now it is a beautiful place with the waves washing rocks of the split headland.