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 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 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.
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 museum is located next to the Daigigakoi shell mounds. It stores and displays many articles excavated from the Daigigakoi shell mounds (a National Historic Site) and other major sites in the town, as well as fishing equipment, farm equipment and other folk materials that depict to us the lifestyle in the olden days in Shichigahama.
JR East Japan's Shinkansen General Rolling Stock Center boasts an area of approximately 530,000 m2 which is used as a repair and inspection dock and a depot for Shinkansen bullet trains. Train parts and model railways are on display in the public relations area.
The Shrines boast a history of over 1,200 years as the top shrine in the former Mutsu Province. Fourteen buildings (including the main hall) and a stone torii gate are nationally designated Important Cultural Properties, while the Shiogama-zakura cherry trees on the premises are a nationally designated Natural Monument. The stone stairway with 202 steps at Omotezaka and the gate in the season of cherry blossoms are popular as photo shooting spots.
This is a core facility for cultural creation, blessed with a natural landform providing a panoramic view over the Pacific Ocean, and based on its history as an international exchange base dating back to the establishment of a foreigners' beach retreat in the town. Equipped with a hall commanding a view of the ocean from spectator seats, and a floating "Amphitheater." Also used as a venue for large-scale concerts by famous artists, this facility is where performing arts are created and shared.
The museum houses approximately 5,000 articles, mainly composed of treasures of Shiogama Shrine and items dedicated by the Date clan. The mikoshi portable shrine, which is paraded in the streets in the three major festivals (the Hote Festival, the Flower Festival and the Minato [Port] Festival), are also on display.
A historic building constructed by the first president of Kamei Shoten (present-day Kamei Corporation). This is one of the few existing buildings that feature a mixed construction style between a traditional Japanese house and a Western-style house, and as such, is quite rare and valuable.