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Coast / Beach Spots in Iwate Area

  • Kosode Coast
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    Iwate Pref. Kujishi Ubechou Short sleeve
    This coast is in the southeast section of Kuji Bay, and is made up of eroded cliffs and unusual stone formations, along with brown reefs. The amazing spectacle of the ocean with Fishhook Cave, Helmet Rock and more make it one of Iwate Prefecture’s most famous sightseeing spots. The Kosode Ama Center is also here, and every summer they hold seven exhibition dives. You can also try skin diving yourself (reservations required). This spot is also popular with surf fishers.
  • Jodogahama Beach
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    Iwate Pref. Miyakoshi Hitachihamachou 32
    This beach is adorned with sharp white rock formations, creating an other-worldly atmosphere. The name Jodogahama refers to the Buddhist “Pure Land.” The beach is filled with bathers in summer. The rock formations visible include flow structures formed by rolling lava, and plate shaped fractures called “joints” formed when magma cools rapidly. The unusual geology led to this area being designated a Sanriku Fukko (reconstruction) National Park & Sanriku Geopark.
  • English Coast
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    Iwate Pref. Hanamakishi Kamikobunato
    This coast stretches south of the junction of the Kitakami River and Sarugaishi River, on the west bank of the Kitakami River. Author Miyazawa Kenji named this the English Coast because the exposed mudstone rocks reminded him of England’s Strait of Dover. It also serves as the setting for his novella “English Coast,” and is one of the Scenic Areas of Ihatov.
  • Goishi Coast
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    Iwate Pref. Ofunatoshi Massakichou Ohama
    Goishi is a coast over 6 kilometers long where you can enjoy a beach of black stone stones like those used for the game of “go” (a strategy board game), a rock with three large holes eroded by the rough waves, and a rock called “Kaminari Iwa” (thunder rock) where the waves breaking sound like the roar of thunder. In 1931, it was designated as a National Place of Scenic Beauty and Natural Monument. At the Goishi Coast Rest House, you can taste Ofunato’s Class B gourmet “Sanma (fish) ramen” and a dish of seafood and rice.
  • Sanrikufukkokokuritu Park
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    Iwate Pref. Miyakoshi Hitachihamachou
  • Sagabe
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    Iwate Miyako-shi Taro Mukaiyama
  • Tofugaura Kaigan
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    Iwate Kunohe-gun Nodamura
  • Senmaru Kaigan
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    Iwate Ofunato-shi Akasakicho
  • Takatamatsubara
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    Iwate Rikuzentakata-shi Takatacho-Kesencho
  • Kirikiri Kaigan
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    Iwate Kamihei-gun Otsuchicho Kirikiri
  • Namiita Kaigan
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    Iwate Kamihei-gun Otsuchicho Namiita

Iwate Main Areas


A northern Tohoku prefecture promising peace and quiet, Iwate is sparsely populated, replacing people with snow-capped mountains, history-rich sites, and fields of crops that are to thank for the region’s delicious local cuisine. Meander along the three-city Golden Route, where you’ll visit the grand Buddhist temples of Hiraizumi and the Tono folk villages before tasting the three famed noodle dishes of Morioka.

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