The 10 Best Things to Do in Ishinomaki, Japan

February 24, 2018 Jasper Kershner

Ishinomaki is a city located in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. As of 28 February 2017, the city has an estimated population of 146,993, and a population density of 269 persons per km² in 61,233 households.
Restaurants in Ishinomaki

1. Hiyoriyama Park

2 Hiyorigaoka, Ishinomaki 986-0833, Miyagi Prefecture
Excellent
48%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 51 reviews

Hiyoriyama Park

Reviewed By vdv - Los Angeles, California

Walked up the steps/road to Hiyori-yama. Having stayed at Kikuchi Ryokan, the steps/road were located literally around the corner from the inn. It's about a a 20-minute hike to the top. You will be rewarded with sweeping views of the ocean and the river. There are benches placed throughout and lots of signs in Japanese and English that show some of the "before" and "after" photos of various vantage points (pre-quake/tsunami and after). It is sobering to look down upon the flatlands adjacent to the ocean/river and realize the magnitude of the tragedy that struck this community. Well worth the hike up, take a moment to sit and reflect and pray for peace on earth, and never forget March 11, 2011.

2. Tashiro Island

Tashirohama, Ishinomaki 986-0023, Miyagi Prefecture
Excellent
48%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 47 reviews

Tashiro Island

Reviewed By HiltonHeadIslandNavy - Hilton Head Island

Just got off the ferry after a day of feeding the stray cats. I researched this island & flew to Sendai from Tokyo just to see the cats. One hour taxi from Sendai to the Ishinomaki ferry then a 45 minute ferry ride to the island. A lot of planning & money to feed stray cats but I wasn't disappointed. I just felt so sad to see the condition they were in. I brought two huge totes of cat milk, dry & wet cat food along with bowls to feed them all & can say my Mission was a success! Too bad they don't have a veterinary clinic that would go to the island to take care of them. There were several that needed medical attention. Lots of kittens that didn't look so well. I used a syringe to feed one little kitten who could hardly eat. Another one had tape wrapped around its neck too tight. I cut it off for the poor cat & it seemed happy to be free of it. If I lived near the island, I'd be over feeding them all the time. If you go make sure you bring lots of cat food with you. I could tell they preferred the wet food. Probably because their teeth are in bad condition. There were no fights when I put several bowls of wet food out for them. If fact several shared bowls with each other. They were starving! I am so glad I took the extra time & money to go to "Cat Island"! No English spoken but several people from the ferry were amazed at all the food I brought to feed the cats that I started giving out food & bowls to them to help me feed all the cats. In the end you don't need a common language but a common goal!

3. Ishinomori Mangakan

2-7 Nakaze, Ishinomaki 986-0823, Miyagi Prefecture +81 225-96-5055
Excellent
16%
Good
59%
Satisfactory
24%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 65 reviews

Ishinomori Mangakan

Reviewed By Tidak-Apa-Apa - Toshima, Japan

The museum for Shotaro Ishinomori, famous comic author. It is very interesting if you are familiar to Japanese comic culture. If not, it sometimes looks boring but you should go and see the location in the middle of river. It was heavily damaged by tsunami in 2011.

4. Michi-no-Eki Jobonnosato

1-1 Kofunakoshi, Ishinomaki 986-0132, Miyagi Prefecture +81 225-62-3670
Excellent
17%
Good
52%
Satisfactory
27%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 40 reviews

Michi-no-Eki Jobonnosato

Reviewed By saoriengaru

ランチはブュッフェもあり、お昼時には大変混雑していました。
アジ丼を食べましたが美味しかったです。
温泉施設や野菜などの販売所もありました。
お花が安くて、近ければ購入したかったです。

5. Kinkasan Koganeyama Shrine

5 Ayukawahama Kinkasan, Ishinomaki 986-2523, Miyagi Prefecture +81 225-45-2301
Excellent
51%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
0%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 22 reviews

Kinkasan Koganeyama Shrine

Reviewed By Rita V - Antwerp Province, Belgium

During my husband went to visit the Kinkasan island ,
There are a lot of deer, I went shopping in Ishinomaki near the river where there is a shop very close to manga museum where there is local food and things from Ishinomaki, upstairs there is a restaurant with a few on the river,it is near the utsumibashi bridge, the shop name was Ishinomaki genii ichiban
I bought there amazing fresh fish,and Ishinomaki soba very nice taste ,also bought kamaboko,,fish cake

6. Kashimamiko Shrine

2-1-10 Hiyorigaoka, Ishinomaki 986-0833, Miyagi Prefecture +81 225-22-1216
Excellent
20%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
32%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 25 reviews

Kashimamiko Shrine

Reviewed By niwatoriusagi - Ishinomaki, Japan

From here you have an overview of Ishinomaki, there is a lot of crow always around there, but you have an amazing view over Ishinomaki and the bay

7. Ishinomaki Manga Road

2-7 Nakase, Ishinomaki 986-0823, Miyagi Prefecture +81 225-96-5055
Excellent
12%
Good
52%
Satisfactory
28%
Poor
4%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 50 reviews

Ishinomaki Manga Road

Reviewed By vdv - Los Angeles, California

The Manga Museum is definitely one of the biggest tourist draws to Ishinomaki. The route from the train station to the Manga Museum is easy to follow--just follow all the Manga characters along the route. It's about a 15-20 min. walk, but you'll want to stop and take photos of all the characters along the way.

8. Gobansho Park

Ayukawahama, Ishinomaki 986-2523, Miyagi Prefecture
Excellent
31%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
31%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 16 reviews

Gobansho Park

Reviewed By Mamapickels

We drove out here from a fabulous visit to oharahama, to see the bay below this hill top lookout. Apparently during the 2011 tsunami, the entire bay emptied out, the waves gathering force before devastating the Oshika peninsula. Unfortunately the day we finally get to visit, the view is almost completely obscured by the incoming mist. It is still a peaceful, beautiful spot well worth a visit. There was a coffee, cider and hotdog van onsite when we visited.

9. Kamiwarizaki Natural Park

Ishioi Kitakamicho Jusanhama, Ishinomaki 986-0201, Miyagi Prefecture
Excellent
37%
Good
63%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 8 reviews

Kamiwarizaki Natural Park

Reviewed By やまだやまお - Ishinomaki, Japan

宮城県石巻市と南三陸町の境界にあり、
2つに割れた岩から波が押し寄せる景色を見ることができます。
岩と緑に囲まれたその場所だけ、海水の色がエメラルドグリーン。
とても美しい場所です。

10. Tsuriishi Shrine

Jusanhama Kitakamicho, Ishinomaki 986-0201, Miyagi Prefecture +81 225-25-6345
Excellent
16%
Good
68%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 12 reviews

Tsuriishi Shrine

Reviewed By やまだやまお - Ishinomaki, Japan

1年ぶりに訪問。
以前は津波被害で仮設の社務所でしたが、
社務所は復旧していました。
今回の地震でも落ちなかった、
落ちそうで落ちない岩がパワースポット。
合格祈願のご利益があるそうで、
合格祈願の鉛筆などが買えます。

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