At a Glance
Adsorbed into Ishinomaki as a part of consolidation, Ogatsu town is a beautiful place - full of nature and wonderful views of the ocean. There are two natural parks here; where visitors can explore nature trails, climb Mount Kenjo, or just relax on the beach.
Ogatsu’s specialty food is the hotate (scallop), and every year in early October, Ogatsu has a Hotate festival. The area is also known for its own special style of ink stone, the crafting of which is said to date back over 600yrs.
Places to Eat
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Things to Do
Centopath for the Ogatsu Hospital Victims
While there are many sad tales interspersed with the 2011 Tsunami, one of the more tragic is the tale of Ogatsu hospital. While most of the region was able to evacuate, there were patients in the hospital who were either too sick to move or incapable of it due to their age. Both on and off-duty nurses and doctors attempted to save those they could, but invariably all lost their lives that day. The memorial lists the names of those lost that day.
Ogatsu Houinkagura - 雄勝法印神楽
Considered an Intangible Cultural Heritage item, the Ogatsu Houinkagura is a kagura performance local to Ogatsu. Heavily impacted by the Great Tohoku Earthquake in 2011, they are slowly rebuilding their stages and props.
Ogatsu Date no Kurofune Taiko - 雄勝町伊達の黒船太鼓
Ogatsu's Taiko group, called Date's Black Ship, was heavily affected by the Great Tohoku Earthquake as well. They were established in 1991. They still put on regular yearly performances.