This facility is particularly notable for its concert hall. Look up from the marine-blue seats, and see the sea spread out before you through the glass at the back of the stage. This is the only concert hall in Japan that lets you view the sea.
In the Meiji era, Shichigahama was opened as a summer retreat for foreign residents, and people from many countries came to visit. Even today, a number of foreign nationals have vacation houses here. Against this background of international exchange, Shichigahama International Village was created as a cultural hub. As well as the hall with a sea view, it features an outdoor theater that floats on the water and a romantic café overlooking the pond.
You can also find the Plymouth House here, a recreation of a building in Shichigahama’s sister city of Plymouth in the United States. It has a retro atmosphere reminiscent of the colonial era.
ADDRESS Oyama 1-1, Hanabuchihama, Shichigahama
CLOSE Tuesdays (or the following day, if Tuesday is a holiday) and during the New Year holiday (December 28 to January 4).
PARKING 250 spaces
Using local guides, we provide many tours that let you discover and experience
the wonders of Japan lying hidden in the “everyday” of the nearby area.
With the Pacific Ocean to the south and Matsushima Bay to the north and east, Shichigahama is surrounded by the sea on three sides. Jutting out as if to cradle the bay, the peninsula that the town lies on features seven beaches, from which the name of the town is derived (Shichigahama means seven beaches in Japanese). Since the Jomon era, the town has thrived alongside the sea, and more than 50 shell mounds and ruins—including the Daigigakoi Shell Mound, the largest shell mound in the Tohoku region—have been found here. Shichigahama, the smallest town in Tohoku, features beautiful scenery and a rich bounty from the sea.
Spreading culture from Shichigahama’s beaches!
Art Café Bar SEA SAW／Yasuaki Kubota
The town of Shichigahama has a population of about 18,000 people. By area, it is the smallest town in the Tohoku region. It is well known as a town for marine leisure activities, such as surfing and yachting, and, every year, many swimmers come to visit the Shobuta Swimming Beach, which opened in 1888 as the Tohoku area’s first public swimming beach. During that time, the Takayama Foreigners Beach Retreat, which is known as one of the three main summer retreats for foreign residents in Japan, also opened, beginning the cultivation of Western vegetables. Shichigahama International Village, which is used as a venue for all kinds of international exchanges, is located on the hill next to the summer retreat. The SEA SAW Café, for which I serve as a representative, offers a menu that features Japanese blue crab, nori seaweed, and other specialty Shichigahama produce. In summer, the town hosts an outdoor event called the Seven Beach Festival.
The reefs that are found on the town’s coastline are a habitat for high-quality fish, abalone, and sea urchins, which has developed the town into one of the largest fishing towns in the prefecture. Today, nori seaweed farming is especially active here, and many kinds of seafood—including abalone, sea urchin, flounder, conger eel, mantis shrimp, and sea raven—can be caught here.
The peninsula, which the sea surrounds on three sides, has a rich variety of terrain. Wherever you go, you can find hills, capes, and cliffs, and the long sandy beaches and intricate bays provide beautiful views in the mornings and evenings, enthralling the people who visit. In particular, the view of the islands in Matsushima Bay from Mt. Tamon is one of the Four Great Views of Matsushima.
From Sendai Station
【TRAIN & BUS】 From Sendai Station approx. 60 minutes total to Honshiogama Station on the JR Senseki Line, then from Honshiogama Station bus stop on to Shichigahama International Village on the Shichigahama Citizens' Bus Gururinko
From Sendai City
【RENTAL CAR】 From Sendai City approx. 40 minutes by rental car