"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.
In the pear garden, tourists can enjoy picking sweet and juicy Rifu Japanese Pears. There is also a direct selling market in the facility. A tourist-friendly pear picking site.
Shiogama has one of the largest fishing ports in Japan. Utilizing many kinds of fish landed, sushi restaurant owners are making efforts to make Shiogama the No. 1 sushi city by competing with each other, highlighting each restaurant's unique taste and techniques. Please enjoy the sushi of Shiogama, featuring Sasanishiki rice from the famous rice production prefecture of Miyagi.
Among the fresh bigeye tuna landed at Shiogama port from early autumn to winter, only those that meet all the conditions of size, freshness, color, gloss, taste, etc., and that are certified by the country's strictest professional fish marketers in Shiogama, are allowed to represent this high-grade brand.
Moshio salt of Shiogama is produced with traditional manufacturing techniques, emulating the Moshioyaki Shinto Rites at Okama Shrine and using furnaces made from local Shiogama stones. The salt is sold at the Tourist Information Center and various shops in the city, and makes a good souvenir.
In Shiogama, a holy place where the deity of salt making is enshrined, there are various moshio (seaweed salt) sweets produced. Moshio salt containing minerals from the sea makes the sweets more sweet, and provides a deeper flavor. Confectionery shops in the city produce their own unique products; why not try them?
Sake breweries in Shiogama started their history when they made and dedicated sake to Shiogama Shrine. They improved their techniques by having many shrine visitors evaluate their products. Some breweries provide tours of the brewery (reservation required) and sake tasting services, allowing visitors to experience the appeal of local sake.
A long-established sake brewery since 1716. Produces high quality sake including Abekan (derived from the brewery's name), Omotaka and Shiki-no-Matsushima.
Ticket holders are able to receive favorable treatment (local sake tasting, etc.) at approximately 20 member shops on the Monzenmachi Shopping Street. The ticket is available at JR Hon-Shiogama Station, Shiogama Tourist Information Center, and member shops. Enjoy the historic streetscape and warm hospitality on the shopping street.