& ISLANDS 牡鹿
Kinkasan Island: An old Shinto shrine is on the island; there are also many deer and monkeys wandering the island. Do not buy cookies and feed the deer, or you may be trampled in an infamous cookie stampede, which will ensue. Ferries leave from the tourist pier in Ayukawa; 1800 yen round trip.
Ajishima Island: A sparsely populated island that is just off the coast of the Ayukawa pier. Ferries to this island are cheap (450 yen one way). The beach that faces the Pacific is one of the cleanest in the prefecture and draws a big crowd in summer.
Oshika Ramen Recommendations:
Kan-chan Ramen / Manpuku Maru Ramen
Both located on the Oshika Peninsula. Dinner service only. From Kan-chan I recommend the Miso Ramen or the Kan-chan Ramen; from Manpuku Maru I recommend the Kara- Miso Ramen or (if you think you can handle it) the Cho-Kara-Miso-Ramen. These are the spicy and super spicy ramens respectively. Manpuku also has some of the best gyoza Iʼve ever eaten.
Both located in Ohara off the 2.
Gobansho Park: This park is the pride and joy of the Oshika Peninsula. There is a bunch of little picnic areas, a little restaurant at the top of the hill where you can get some food, a rather large roller slide, sleds, swings, rideable pandas and a number of other fun things. You can hike down to the shore if you choose though it gets rather treacherous at times. Magnificent view of Kinkasan Island. You can get there on the 2 that goes from Ishinomaki past Ayukawa or you can take the Cobalt Line that originates in Onagawa. There is a large wodden sign that reads 「御番所公園」。 Itʼs pretty much the only attraction on the tip of the peninsula left open so it isnʼt all that hard to find.
Norihama Beach: A rather small beach, so not a lot of people go there, but is really nice, and some caves to explore.
Oto Camping Ground: This place has a wonderful view of Kinkasan Island, but needs a reservation.
Oshika Deer Antler Cutting Festival: Held twice in October on Kinkasan Island. Entrance to the festival is free but you have to pay for the ferry.
New Year’s Dragon Dance: Held in January 1st on Kinkasan Island every year.