"Minato Oasis Marine Gate Shiogama" is a passenger terminal facility. Sightseeing boats to Matsushima, one of the "Three Most Scenic Spots of Japan," and liner ships to Urato Shoto Islands leave from the Boat Pier. In the facility, there are souvenir shops selling local specialty goods from Shiogama and nearby areas including hot and fresh "sasakama" fish cakes, as well as restaurants serving excellent local dishes. This is a place for travelers to enjoy the distinctive features of Shiogama.
Approximately 120 specialty shops operate in the market with an area of 4,950 m2, handling fresh seafood from Shiogama port and processed foods. The market is primarily aimed at professional chefs, but tourists can also purchase high-quality produce at wholesale prices.
Visitors can directly experience the world of Jun Sugimura, an oil painter associated with Shiogama, who was respected as a "still life scholar." He lived in Shiogama after World War II, was fascinated by the scenery of the port town (fresh fish landed at the market, etc.) and its unique atmosphere, and left many works.
An old monument from the Nara Period (eighth century) that is counted as one of the three oldest monuments in Japan. The monument has an inscription of 141 characters, describing the distances from the capital Nara and from other districts, as well as the details about the establishment and reconstruction of Tagajo Castle. Also known as the Tsubo-no-ishibumi monument, which often appears in Japanese poetry. Matsuo Basho, a famous poet from the Edo Period, visited this place and expressed the excitement he felt when he encountered this monument in his book Oku no Hosomichi.
An educational facility offering various hands-on learning programs (making a fire, making magatama stone beads, etc.), so that visitors, children and adults alike, can enjoy experiencing old people's lifestyles and learning about history. In the exhibition room, you can gain an overview of the history of Tagajo from the Jomon Period to the Edo Period with the excavated items.
A temple established along with Tagajo Castle. The temple buildings are arranged in the same way as Dazaifu Kanzeonji Temple, and it is highly likely that the name of the temple was Kannonji Temple. This is the second historic park developed in Japan.
A history museum covering the entire Tohoku region from the Old Stone Age to the modern era. With beautifully arranged water and greenery, the outdoor area of the museum also serves as a wonderful walking course where one can feel seasonal changes.
Blue Impulse, the JASDF's aerobatic demonstration team, enjoys enormous popularity at the air show and other occasions. The team is based in Higashi-Matsushima and its members conduct flight training on a routine basis. People in the city can see their dynamic acrobatic flights and beautiful trail art. The scenery of planes flying over idyllic landscapes is only available in the team's hometown. Spectators can enjoy such sights from their favorite locations.
The museum displays Jomon earthenware, stone artifacts and accessories excavated from Satohama shell mounds, among the largest shell mounds in Japan. Hands-on learning programs (making a fire, making magatama stone beads, etc.) are also available. Furthermore, the museum offers programs to learn about the situation during and after the Great East Japan Earthquake, as well as the relationship between tsunami and prehistoric Jomon people revealed by the shell mounds. These programs are recommended for seminars and school excursions.
The beach is located on the southernmost Miyato Island. The waves are relatively small, and as such, the beach is popular among families with children. During the swimming season, visitors can enjoy riding banana boats and other activities. In the nearby area, there are many private inns serving splendid dishes, so visitors can stay overnight and fully enjoy the appeals of Oku-Matsushima. On a clear night, one can view a beautiful moon on the beach.