The next day, we awoke to sun, but the wind was icy.
The hotel we stayed at had a lot of construction workers, probably people helping Ishinomaki rebuild.
I was impressed with how hearty the breakfast bento was.
Ishinomaki is the second home to artist, Ishinomori Shotaro, creator of characters like Kikaida, Kamen Rider to name a few.
During the tsunami, many of the statues of his characters were washed away.
I'm glad they got this museum up and running again, even though I am not too familiar with all the characters, this was nice to see.
Not too many businesses were open, since it was a national holiday, so we headed back towards Sendai.
We were feeling a little hungry and shared this bacon, cheese taiyaki from Taiseien.
As well as one filled with sweet bean.
Since we were used to the sweet version it was nice to try a savory one.
This tiny shop used to be in the temporary shopping arcade that was put up after the tsunami.
It was nice to see that they were doing business from a permanent shop now.
From Ishinomaki, it is about 40 minutes to Matsushima.
Apparently Matsushima is one of three beautiful spots to see in Japan (the other two are Itsukushijima (Miyajima, Hiroshima) & Amanohashidate (Kyoto)
This photo was taken back in 2001, when we first visited Matsushima.
I was sad to see that most of these trees had been knocked down by the tsunami.
Luckily, the temples, Entsuin and Zuiganji at the end of this walkway were not badly damaged.
At Entsuin, you need to pay admission, but once inside, this cute grandpa, took us on a free tour of the grounds.
His narrative was interesting and fun to listen to.
It made the temple and its grounds more interesting to look at.
And then we headed to Sendai.
I was impressed with Sendai station's vehicle rotaries and pedestrian overpasses.
After putting our things down and resting a bit, we went in search of dinner...
no info online
Royal Mayflower Sendai
1-13-28 Honcho, Aoba-ku