Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Pref.


Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, is known as a place associated closely with Shotaro Ishinomori, creator of many comic masterpieces like “Masked Rider” and “Cyborg 009.” The plan to build this museum emerged out of a talk between the comic artist and the then Mayor of Ishinomaki back in 1995. Their intention was to help the city thrive. Ishinomori created the original draft for the architecture. Though the disastrous earthquake and tsunami of 2011 brought serious damage to the museum, it reopened in November 2012, thanks to great help from numerous volunteers. Inside the museum, the permanent exhibits include 3D objects and 2D videos to depict Ishinomori’s creation. The museum also houses a movie hall and a library with some 6,000 comic books available for visitors to read. The museum store carries many items available only here.

Address2-7 Nakaze, Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture
Opening hours9:00am to 5:00pm (Enter by 4:30pm.)
Tuesday of each week
*Refer to the official website for more information.
*Open on Tuesdays during the following
4/29-5/5, 7/21-8/24, 12/24-1/7, 3/25-4/7
Admission feeAdult – 900 yen, junior or high school student – 600 yen, elementary school pupil – 250 yen
Official Site
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Sightseeing Spot in This Area

Home to one of the three largest fishing grounds in the world, Sanriku Kinkasan Oki, Ishinomaki is a top fisheries city in Japan. “Sasa Kamaboko” bamboo leaf-shaped fish cakes and seafood are famous delicacies there, as is the “Ishinomaki Yakisoba”, a dish which is made with double-steamed brown noodles. As for tourist attractions, the Miyagi Sant Juan Bautista Museum (as pictured) is especially popular, where visitors can find the “San Juan Bautista”, the ship which Masamune Date used to send his envoys to Europe, faithfully restored and exhibited in the museum. Also, don’t miss the famous Manga Island accommodations on “Cat Island” (Tashirojima), a collection of lodges designed by manga artists such as Chiba Tetsuya and Satonaka Machiko, with campground facilities.