Located in northeastern Miyagi Prefecture, Ishinomaki is a port city facing the Pacific Ocean. Having prospered as a waterborne distribution center during the Edo Period, Ishinomaki has always been closely tied to the sea.
Ishinomaki has several notable landmarks: Ishinomaki Mangattan Museum—featuring the works of native-born manga artist Shotaro Ishinomori, the cat island of Tashirojima, and the 1250-year-old Kinkasan Koganeyama Shrine.
Ishinomaki Fish Market is the largest fish market in Japan, acting as a conduit for the Minami-sanriku coastal region – one of the world's largest fishing grounds. This local market features fresh and processed seafood, seasonal vegetables, sake, and more on the first floor. You will also find a plethora of great gifts.
The fish market was reconstructed after the Great East Japan Earthquake which hit the area harshly in 2015. At 876 meters long, it is 1.4 times the size of its predecessor.
The market is a thoroughly modern development equipped with latest technologies, reflecting both the importance of the industry here but also its aggressive ambitions. Ishinomaki now enjoys an expanded distribution network abroad with international exports growing. These global ambitions necessitate greater compliance, with new systems—such as HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point), zoning and airtight facilities—installed to ensure the highest adherence to safety standards and industry regulations.
Individual visitors can generally guide themselves around the entrance and viewing deck areas, though groups (such as students or tourists) can arrange for a guided tour from a staff member. Due to vehicles and other dangers, some areas may be off-limits.
According to japantravel