Getting there & around
From Sendai, the JR Senseki line runs to Ishinomaki (kaisoku ¥820, one hour and 24 minutes) via Matsushima-kaigan and Nobiru.
From bus stop 2 outside Ishinomaki station, seven buses run daily to Ayukawa between 7am and 6pm (¥1460, 1½ hours). It’s a wonderfully scenic trip.
Rental bikes (per two hours ¥500), available right outside the station, make a great way to see the town, even though most of the sights are within walking distance.