AreaSanriku Coast

Mishione Yokocho

みしおね横丁 | Mishione Yokocho

A Muslim-friendly yokocho complete with prayer room and bathouse

Photo by Najwa Mohd

Photo by Najwa Mohd

Photo by Najwa Mohd

Photo by Najwa Mohd

  • Najwa Mohd

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    Last Update
    March 13, 2020

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  • Mishione Yokocho is a small cluster of restaurants built on a site where a factory once stood, a factory destroyed in the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami. Each establishment occupies its own trailer house, and collectively they serve a wide range of cuisine.

    Mishione Yokocho houses a total of six businesses:

    1. Warung Mahal (ワルンマハール), an Indonesian restaurant
    2. Tsurukame Shokudo (鶴亀食堂), a breakfast joint serving Japanese teishoku made with local seafood
    3. TEN(T), an Okinawan restaurant
    4. Cheers, a Texas-themed bar
    5. Prism, a bar serving cocktails, beer, etc.
    6. Tsurukame no Yu (鶴亀の湯), a sento (public bathouse)

    Surprisingly, there is also a generous Muslim prayer room facility here. The prayer room was originally built for Indonesian laborers living and working in Kesennuma. After the tsunami, many laborers from Indonesia came to Kesennuma to help with disaster recovery efforts and the rebuilding of the local economy and infrastructure.

    The prayer room here is free for use by anyone. The space can accommodate up to fifteen people at a time, and it is properly cleaned and taken care of. You can take wudu in the space provided just outside the prayer room. Prayer mats and clothes are provided. There is also a dividing wall that can be used in case people of different genders are praying at the same time.

    Last time I was in Kesennuma, I went to Warung Mahal and had their nasi goreng for lunch. Warung Mahal serves Indonesian cuisine made using halal ingredients. The chicken meat used here is halal, so is safe to be eaten by Muslims. Dishes include nasi goreng, satay, and many other Indonesian specialties. You can enjoy your meal in the shop or on the patio outside.

    WEBSITEhttps://www.facebook.com/kesennuma.mishioneyokocho/

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Details

ADDRESS

Uoichiba-Mae 4-5, Kesennuma-shi, Miyagi-ken, 988-0037

ACCESS BY PUBLIC TRANSIT

10 minutes by bus from Kesennuma Station (気仙沼駅), followed by a 2-minute walk. Board clockwise city loop (市内循環) bus, alight at Umi no Ichi-mae (海の市前) bus stop. Timetable here.

ADMISSION

Yokocho & prayer room: Free
Tsurukame no Yu sento: ¥440 adults, ¥140 children ages elementary school to preschool, ¥80 children ages preschool & under

CREDIT CARDS

Policy varies by shop
Warung Mahal: accepted
Tsurukame no Yu: Not accepted

LANGUAGES

Warung Mahal: English
Other shops: Japanese only

HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE

No

HOURS

Varies by shop
Warung Mahal: 11:00–14:00, 17:00–21:00
Prayer room: Always open
Tsurukame no Yu: 6:00–15:00 May-October, 7:00–15:00 November–April*
*November–April open weekends & holidays only

RESERVATION

Not necessary

CLOSED DAYS

Varies by shop
Warung Mahal: Tuesdays
Prayer room: Always open
Tsurukame no Yu sento: Weekdays November–April & every day during the New Year's holiday period

PHONE

Varies by shop
Warung Mahal: 080-8704-5203
Prayer room: 0226-25-8834
Tsurukame no Yu sento: 0226-25-8834

Food & Drink Details

VEGETARIAN/VEGAN

Varies by shop. At Warung Mahal, yes.

HALAL

Varies by shop. At Warung Mahal, yes.

FOREIGN-LANGUAGE MENU

Varies by shop. At Warung Mahal, no.

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