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Frequently Asked Questions
How do I exchange currency in Kesennuma?
Currency exchange is available at 77 Bank, Kesennuma Branch and Nainowaki Branch (Monday-Friday 9am-3am).
Seven Eleven also allows usage of foreign credit/debit cards to withdraw Japanese Yen.
How can I withdraw money (ATM)?
Withdrawal of money is available at the Seven-Eleven convenience stores. Japan’s Seven Bank, related to Seven-Eleven, accepts foreign-issued ATM and credit cards. Cards that apply are accepted for yen withdrawal (handling charges are applicable). Language options for the ATM screen and receipts include English, Korean, Chinese, and Portuguese.
Another option useful for travelers all over Japan is the Japan Post Bank. ATMs are located in most post offices, accept foreign-issued ATM and major credit cards, and have English menus.
Virtually, no ATMs are open 24 hours a day in Japan, and withdrawals from foreign issued cards often must be made before 5:00pm.
How can I get around Kesennuma?
The BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) bus as well as rental bicycles are not only inexpensive options but are memorable ways for getting around Kesennuma. If you would like to take it easy and do not mind the cost, local taxis and car rental services are also available.
Kesennuma Line BRT (Bus)
After a large section of the tracks and stations of the Kesennuma Line passing through Kesennuma were damaged or completely washed away by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami, Japan Railway began the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service in December 2011.
Kesennuma Rent-a-cycle: 0226-22-4669 (Kesennuma Station-front Tourist Information Center, 1-5-23 Furumachi, Kesennuma)
One-day rental 9:00-15:00 ＊Return by 17:00 (Standard 500 yen / EV 700 yen)
- Gojuuban Taxi: 0226-22-0050
- Kesennuma Kanko Taxi: 0226-22-6000
- Kesennuma Haitaku: 0226-24-0026
- Motoyoshi Taxi: 0226-42-3110
- Minato Taxi: 0226-23-3720
- Nasuya Taxi: 0226-22-1512
- Shishiori Kihansen Taxi: 0226-22-1234
- Wako Taxi: 0226-42-3800
Car Rental (examples)
- Toyota Rent-a-car, Kesennuma Shop: 0226-25-3230 (4-1-5 Tanaka-mae, Kesennuma)
- Niko Niko Rent-a-car, Kesennuma Kamiyama Shop: 0226-22-0100 (2-4 Kamiyama, Kesennuma)
I have the JR East Pass, but can I use it to get to and around?
Yes, The JR BRT lines go through Kesennuma, and the JR East Pass can be used.
Where do I go for medical needs in Kesennuma?
Kesennuma City Hospital
Tel: (Weekdays・Day time) 0226-22-7100 / (Holidays・Night time) 0226-22-7106
Address: 184 Tanaka, Kesennuma
Kesennuma City Motoyoshi Hospital
Address: 222-2 Tsuyaakedo, Motoyoshicho, Kesennuma
What do I do in case of an emergency?
The police can be reached by calling 110 or the local numbers listed below.
- Kesennuma Police Station: 0226-22-7171 (47-6 Akaiwasuginosawa, Kesennuma)
- Minamimachi Police Box: 0226-22-6733 (2-1-9 Yokamachi, Kesennuma)
- Shishiori Police Box (temporary): 0226-22-6732 (30-1 Nishiyawatamachi, Kesennuma)
- Matsuiwa Police Box: 0226-22-7138 (165-1 Matsuzakikamata, Kesennuma)
- Niizuki Police Box : 0226-24-1177 (133 Matsukawamae, Kesennuma)
- Hashikami Police Box: 0226-27-2709 (73 Nagaisomaebayashi, Kesennuma)
- Oshima Police Box: 0226-28-2619 (120-5 Mawaridate, Kesennuma)
- Karakuwa Police Box: 0226-32-3107 (215-1 Akedo, Karakuwacho, Kesennuma)
- Koharagi Police Box: 0226-34-3616 (103-1 Iwaisawa, Karakuwacho, Kesennuma)
- Motoyoshi Police Box: 0226-42-2614 (97-1 Tsuyatateoka, Motoyoshicho, Kesennuma)
- Otani Police Box: 0226-44-2104 (21-11 Teragai, Motoyoshicho, Kesennuma)
For non-criminal emergencies, the direct-dial free phone number is 119.
In the event of a medical emergency, you can reach the fire department at this number (in Japan, calls for emergency medical services are patched through from the 119 dispatch center in the fire department).
How to use the 110 and 119 emergency number:
- Dial the number on any phone (the call is free of charge from public and mobile phones)
- Describe clearly what has occurred
- Communicate the location and if possible, the address of the place where the emergency has occurred or is occurring
When is the best season to visit?
Typically, a popular season to visit Kesennuma is summer time where you can enjoy the gentle sun shining on your face as well as crisp ocean breeze. In spring, you can experience an extraordinary view where Mt. Tokusenjosan turns bright red with the azalea in full bloom. And autumn is just as amazing and a popular time for tourists to enjoy the scenery of the autumn leaves and foliage against the blue ocean.
The lowest time for tourism is during the winter months of December, January and February because of the cold season, but if you ask any local, you’ll learn the secret that the winter time is actually one of the most spectacular times to be in Kesennuma, where you will be astonished by the clear night sky and dazzling stars, as well as some of the freshest seafood you will ever taste!
What is the temperature?
Record high 27 degrees celcius (August)
Record low -3.5 degrees celcius (January)
(as of 2015)
What kind of clothing shall I prepare?
Summer: Dress lightly, as summer time is warm. Hats are helpful to escape from the strong sunlight outdoors. A light long sleeve shirt or cardigan may come in handy when you are out in the sea breeze in the evening.
Winter: Thick jackets or coats are a necessity; hats, scarves and gloves will come in very handy and will help you enjoy a better time outside. Winters are very cold in this region, especially by the coast with the sea breeze. However, most indoor facilities such as hotels and restaurants are heated, so it will be a good idea to include these stops in your itinerary for a break from the cold.
Spring and Fall: A light coat or sweater should be appropriate. You can expect mild temperatures but some days colder, with rainy season each year.
Other tips: Especially if you are thinking of cycling or enjoying other nature activities such as fishing and farming, it is best you bring rain gear with you so that the slightest rain will not have to interfere with your special experience.