Ishinomaki Manga Road
Manga Road is the name of the well-known walkway that can be found in Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture. Lined with images of characters created by the esteemed manga artist Shotaro Ishinomori, such as Kamen Rider and Cyborg 009, it’s a fun place and a must visit for lovers of Japanese manga!
What is Manga Road?
Manga Road refers to the roads leading from JR Ishinomaki Station to the Ishinomaki Mangattan Museum, devoted to the life and works of manga artist Shotaro Ishinomori. There are a number of statues of famous characters created by Ishinomori dotted along the route, but that’s not all! If you look carefully you’ll see more Ishinomori characters dotted all over: on benches and mail boxes, and even on manhole covers! Not to mention great places to eat and lots of other groups and facilities all helping to give you a good time while you’re here!
We really hope you get the chance to come visit, and see all our characters. And who knows what else you’ll find…??!
Manga Road Map
What should I see in and around the Manga Road?
Ishinomaki Mangattan Museum
The Japanese characters used to write the name of this facility celebrating the work of manga artist Shotaro Ishinomori are not the usual ones for ‘manga.’ They were specially chosen by Ishinomori himself to reflect the myriad possibilities offered by the medium of manga. It’s easy to appreciate these possibilities by looking at the variety of Ishinomori’s own works on display at the museum. Highly recommended!
|Hours||Mar-Nov: 9:00-18:00 (final ticket sales 17:30), Dec-Feb: 9:00-17:00 (final ticket sales 16:30)|
|Closed||Mar-Nov: every 3rd Tuesday, Dec-Feb: every Tueday|
|Address||2-7 Nakaze, Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture|
|Admission||Adults ¥800, High school students ¥500, Elementary school students ¥200|
Beloved by the citizens of Ishinomaki for 80 years, this beautiful building was initially built as the first department store in the city, and later became a china & ceramics store. A wooden building, it is known for the assorted Spanish and other tiles covering the outer walls in decorative patterns, and also its round and arched windows, reminiscent of European architecture. Its distinctive and remarkable design has become something of a symbol of Ishinomaki’s prosperity over the years, and is one of the most valued structures in the city. The building was donated to the city in 2015 and officially designated as an important cultural asset of Ishinomaki two years later.
|Closed||Tuesdays (or the following day if Tuesday is a holiday), Dec 29 – Jan 3|
|Address||3-6-9 Chuo, Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture|
Located at the top of a centrally located hill, this park has a symbolic existence for the people of Ishinomaki, especially after the city suffered catastrophic damage from the Great East Japan Earthquake and ensuing tsunami of 2011. It offers panoramic views of the city. To the south, you can see the coastal area worst hit by the tsunami and how it is changing as reconstruction projects progress. To the north, you can look over the central city area, notably the Ishinomaki Mangattan Museum on an island in the middle of the Kitakami River.
|Address||2 Hiyorigaoka, Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture|
Where can I eat & drink on the Manga Road?
Conveniently located right by Ishinomaki Station, the delicious sushi here will have you crying with joy. Each one is carefully made by the shy but cheerful master sushi chef.
|Address||8-6 Isenba, Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture|
aki-ishi’s signature ‘hamburg’ meat loaf is well-loved by the people of Ishinomaki. It may surprise you at first, arriving on a ceramic plate covered in a creamy sauce with a mound of vegetables beside it. It even comes with a dipping sauce! But the taste says it all, together with the fragrant seaweed in the accompanying miso soup.
|Address||2-5-10 Chuo, Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture|
A café right on the Manga Road itself, this convenient store is a boon for travelers, offering bathrooms, free wi-fi and electric outlets for charging.
|Hours||10:00-22:00 (Sundays 10:00-19:00)|
|Closed||Open every day (occasionally closed for events)|
|Address||1st floor, 2-10-2 Chuo, Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture|
How can I get there?
|Route||JR Tokyo Station → (Tohoku Shinkansen 90min) → JR Sendai Station → (Senseki Tohoku Line 60min) → JR Ishinomaki Station|
|Route||Tokyo → (Tohoku Expwy 4.5hrs) → Sendai → (Sanriku Expwy 1hr) → Ishinomaki|
|Route||Tokyo, Shinjku Expressway Bus Terminal → (night bus 6hrs) → JR Ishinomaki Station
JR Sendai Station → (Miyakoh Bus 80min) → JR Ishinomaki Station
Public transport in Ishinomaki