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Ishinomori Manga Museum

Meet the 60s, 70s and 80s Japanese superheroes!

At the mouth of the Kitakami River on “Manga Island,” the spaceship-like structure of Ishinomaki Mangattan Museum (also known as Ishinomori Manga Museum), stands as a tribute for beloved manga artist Shotaro Ishinomori. The name might not ring a bell, but he is the brilliant mind behind one of Japan’s popular superhero series.

Photo by: Wiki The late Shotaro Ishinomori.

The museum, located in Ishinomaki city, Miyagi Prefecture, isn’t just an important part of the manga/anime industry. While it’s been around since 2001, the museum’s coastal locale was damaged by the tsunami caused by the Great Earthquake of 2011. However, its structure endured as a symbol of hope and survival. Reopening in 2012, it is stronger than ever today.

The museum is not only for manga but a medium to promote Japanese culture.

Manga time

Before going inside, shaking hands with Ishinomori’s bronze hand is a must! Many believe it’s lucky because after the tsunami the area was badly damaged the museum and washed away most of its stuff, the bronze hand endured its rage.

Details about the life of Shotaro Ishinomori, as well as tributes to his many works, are documented on the walls of the iconic building. You can see features from popular title such as Hotel Palton, Kakaider’s Corner, Seajetter Kaito and the world of Kamen Rider, and, of course, the ultra popular and long-running Cyborg 009. In 1963, Ishinomori created Cyborg 009, which became the first superhero team in Japan.

Photo by: Maureen Del Rosario Shake the hand, man!

While strolling around the three-story museum, visitors can also watch a 15-minute movie about Seajetter Kaito or some of Mangattan’s animation at the theater, as well as check out some of Ishinomori’s original drawings.

After, head up to the 3rd floor and relax at the café, get thrilled with its 6,000 manga collection and read, or draw your own characters at the museum’s multimedia studio!

Things To Know

Hours and fees

For adults, the ticket is ¥800. Junior and senior high school student is ¥500, while Elementary students are at ¥200.  |  From March to November, it is open from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and closed on the 3rd Tuesday of the month. Then on December to February, it is also open from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., but closed on every Tuesday.

Official site


How To Get There


2-7 Nakaze, Ishinomaki-shi, Miyagi-ken 986-0823, Japan

By train

From Sendai Station to Ishinomaki, it will take about an hour and 20 minutes if you’ll take the Senseki Line. But, it’ll only take around 54 minutes by the Senseki Tohoku Line (Express).



By bus

Get on the Miyako Bus from Sendai to Ishinomaki. For schedule, check it out at http://www.miyakou.co.jp/cms/express/desc/34/ (Japanese)

By car

It takes about 15 minutes from Ishinomaki Kanan exit on Sanriku Expressway. Free parking space is available.

However, if there is no free space, visitors can use the paid parking lot. Please visit their website for more details. http://www.mangattan.jp/manga/en/access/

Where To Stay

Value The Hotel Higashimatsushima Yamoto
  • 215 Komatsu, Higashimatsushima-shi, Miyagi, 981-0504 Japan
  • ¥6,300 - ¥13,000
  • 4.08/5 (597 reviews)
  • 9.5 km

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