What you'll do
Arrive at Kesennuma Station, where I'll be waiting for you out front to pick you up. We'll then begin our walking tour of from the roof of the Fish Market. This vantage point will give you the best view of all the fishing vessels coming into port, from 400-ton deep-sea tuna boats to much smaller local fishing boats and everything in between. I'll also explain about the industries related to the fisheries industry which help make Kesennuma such a productive port, from shipyards to commercial ice factories. In the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake, the height of the tsunami in the port area was eight meters high. I'll go into detail about the scale of the damage in 2011, and how the town has recovered since then. From the Fish Market, we'll walk along the pier into the center of town. I'll describe how the landscape was changed by the tsunami, and how the survivors got themselves back up on their feet after the disaster. We'll finish our tour in the Minamimachi area where there are plenty of excellent restaurants I can recommend you for lunch!
I'm an American living in Tohoku and working for the Kesennuma Tourism Bureau. I've lived in Kesennuma since 2014, and I'm a registered tour guide for Kesennuma Fish Market. Japan's seafood is renowned throughout the world for its supreme quality and attention to detail. But great food doesn't start at that fancy restaurant in Tokyo; it starts here, at the source. Kesennuma is one of Japan's 13 National Fishing Ports, so a tour of the areas around the market will give you insight into how the best food in Japan comes from the ocean to your table! Over 5 years, I've collected the best stories from port: from adventurous tales of fishermen sailing the high seas, to the inspiring stories of the people who worked to bring life back into the city in the days following the 2011 tsunami. I look forward to sharing them with you on our tour!
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Where you'll be
Kesennuma Port is one of Japan's 13 National Fishing Ports, famous for bringing in 50% of the country's bonito (skipjack tuna) and 70% of the swordfish. The ships coming into the port come from all over Japan and they sail all over the world. The port suffered extensive damage during the 2011 tsunami, but has recovered dramatically over the past eight years. For hundreds of years, this Kesennuma Port has been the heart and soul of this city.
Things to keep in mind
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Up to 3 guests ages 16 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.
Please Note: Starting time of this tour is set for 11am to accommodate guests coming from Sendai. For seeing the action at the market, it's best to arrive earlier in the morning (around 7-8am). If it's possible for you to arrive earlier, and you're interested in seeing the auction, just message me
Kesennuma Fish Market & Port Walk