Spots in Sanriku Coast Area

  • Jodogahama Visitor Center
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    4.0
    66 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Iwate Pref. Miyakoshi Hitachihamachou 32-69
    This information facility is located inside Rikuchu Kaigan National Park in the Hitachihama-cho area of Miyako City, Iwate Prefecture. It gives you information about various natural areas in the national park such as the Jodogahama rock formations and Sanno Rock. There are exhibits related to the Sanriku coast and also a rest space, making it a place used by many local residents. In addition, it also holds events to maintain the Michinoku Coastal Trail footpath.

    Well designed visitor center next to a stunningly beautiful coastline. Furniture fans will enjoy the upholstered chairs made to look like smooth rocks. Simple, clear exhibits that get the point...

  • Kamaishi Daikannon Statue
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    4.0
    52 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Iwate Pref. Kamaishishi Odairachou 3-9-1
    The Kannon (goddess of mercy) statue holding a fish is 48.5 kilometers in height and stands as if watching over the boats coming and going from Kamaishi Bay. Building of the statue was initiated by Meihozan Sekiosenji Temple praying for peace of the spirit worlds. From the 12th floor inside the statue, 120 meters above sea level, you can see the panorama of Mada-misaki Cape, Ozaki Peninsula and the Pacific Ocean.

    I visited this Temple while in Kamaishi for RWC 2019. It is a magnificent site to explore and is very peaceful and quiet. The views of the bay and Kamaishi from the top are excellent. This city was...

  • Miyako City Fish and Vegetable Market
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    3.5
    37 Reviews
    Shopping
    Iwate Pref. Miyakoshi Satsukichou 1-1
    This market is located in Miyako City, Iwate Prefecture. It sells fresh seafood and processed marine products from the early morning. Their item selection includes not only seafood but vegetables and flowers raised by local farmers. It is known as the community kitchen, and is a market where people interact. In addition, they also pack and ship items purchased as souvenirs.

    コロナウイルスでイライラしていたので、ドライブに出かけました。目当ては毛蟹。蟹祭りをしている魚菜市場で新鮮な蟹をゲットしました。

  • Roadside Station Mitakaibunko
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    4.0
    41 Reviews
    Transportation
    Iwate Pref. Shimoheiguniwaizumichou Kado Mitakai 47-2
    This roadside station is located in the town of Iwaizumi in Shimohei County, Iwate Prefecture. It uses the site of the Mitakai branch school of Iwaizumi Town Kado Elementary School, and is characterized by being built with the remains of the school. In addition to snacks such as grilled rice balls and croquettes, there is a co-op that sells local farm products and processed goods and a school lunchroom where you can eat, making it a place where you can get a sense of nostalgia.

    廃校を活用した、道の駅。木の椅子、机の上で、昔なつかしの給食(日替わりで、イカリングや紙パックの牛乳など)や揚げパンを楽しむことができる。少しばかり童心にかえる時間が持てます。

  • Kuji Amber Museum
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    4.0
    36 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Iwate Pref. Kujishi Kokujichou Dai19chiwari 156-133
    This museum is located in Kuji City, Iwate Prefecture. Among the amber used in jewelry, this is where you can see amber from Kuji, which has the world's oldest deposits. There are exhibits that show the production of amber and artworks using it. With prior reservations, you can also participate in events where you can experience digging amber.

    琥珀好き、石好きの人には良いと思います。 私はまったく興味がないので、ツアーで参加しましたが、ただの時間つぶしです。 案内してくれた若い男性は、知識も乏しく。 観光客からの質問に答えられないというものもありました。 最終的には 見学後、お土産を購入するよう誘導されているような。 まあ、ツアーで良くみる景色です。

  • Ryusendo Cave
    Travel / Tourism
    Iwate Pref. Shimoheiguniwaizumichou Iwaizumi Kannari 1-1
    This massive limestone cave is one of Japan’s three largest, and is designated a National Natural Monument. The cave is over 5,000 meters long overall, and hosts eight underground lakes that are among the clearest in the world. The color of the water, called Dragon Blue, is astonishing and the mystical sight is worth visiting. A 700 meter walking route in the cave and three of the eight lakes are open to the public. One section of the trail is barrier-free, with full wheelchair access. The limestone filtered water has been named one of Japan’s top 100 waters, and is available to drink at the cave entrance.
  • Roadside Station Sanriku
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    4.0
    24 Reviews
    Transportation
    Iwate Pref. Ofunatoshi Sanrikuchouokirai Idobora 95-27
    This roadside station is located along National Route 45 in the Sanriku-cho area of Ofunato City, Iwate Prefecture. Various seasonal seafood such as abalone from Sanriku-cho is sold here. In addition to the fresh fish corner, Persimmon ice cream using the Sanriku specialty, Koeda persimmon, is also popular. With facilities such as a resting area, it is widely used as a place to socialize by both local residents and tourists.

    This is a local food and souvenir shop on Sanriku road. I visited here every time when I come to Ofunato. I tasted the softcream everytime, althought the temperature was under 1 degree.

  • Taro Kanko Hotel
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    4.5
    40 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Iwate Miyako-shi Taro Nohara 80-1
    Located about a 20-minute walk from the Sanriku Railway Rias Line’s Taro Station, the facility was damaged by the tsunami that is said to have exceeded 17 meters in height due to the Great East Japan Earthquake. The building, which was flooded up to the fourth floor, leaving only pillars up to the second floor but not collapsing, is preserved as a tsunami archaeological site to pass on to future generations so memories of the massive damage of not forgotten. You can participate in a guided tour to learn about disaster prevention that is held by the Miyako Tourism Cultural Exchange Association that allows visitors to visit the building and watch tsunami videos taken at the hotel on the day of the earthquake.

    To understand the destruction of the tsunami you need to visit the hotel they have left for that very reason. The smaller buildings were cleared and new ones built. Also watch for buildings with a...

  • Roadside Station Yamabiko-kan
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    3.5
    30 Reviews
    Transportation
    Iwate Pref. Miyakoshi Kawauchi 8-2
    This roadside station is located in Miyako City, Iwate Prefecture. It is in the mountains and sells fresh vegetables in the adjacent direct sales corner. In addition, specialty products from Miyako and local Iwate sake are available for purchase in the product corner. In the food corner, there are spacious restaurants and places to get snacks such as handmade bread, ice cream and fast food.

    This is a larger and more comprehensive “Michi-no-Eki” or Roadside Station in terms of local products, food options and information centre on National Highway 106 between Morioka and Miyako in the...

  • Roadside Station Yamada
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    3.5
    23 Reviews
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    Iwate Pref. Shimoheigunyamadamachi Funakoshi 6-141
    This roadside station is in the town of Yamada in Shimohei County, Iwate Prefecture. It sells special products from the Sanriku area, processed goods using marine products and shiitake mushrooms, and souvenirs. In addition, there are snacks such as frankfurters and French fries and also ramen, udon and soba noodles in the cafeteria, making it a spot to take a rest and eat.

    宮古から釜石に南下した途中の国道沿いに一休みできるところにあります。地元のお土産もあり、軽食も取れます。

  • Roadside Station Noda
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    4.0
    19 Reviews
    Transportation
    Iwate Pref. Kunohegunnodamura Noda 31-31-1
    This roadside station is located along National Route 45. In Noda Farmer's Market Purple, besides fresh seasonal marine and agricultural products, they also sell processed goods such as Shidami Dango (sweet acorn paste-filled dumplings). In addition, souvenirs like the Noda Village specialty Noda Salt and limited edition Noda Salt Ice Cream are also popular. The available rest space makes it a place visited by local residents and many tourists looking to purchase souvenirs.

    NODA is famous for natural sea salt, and salt flavored ice cream is available there, which is just amazing! So simple, nothing special is added but just salt makes the ice cream so mild, thick, salty...

  • Kamaishi City Iron and Steel History Museum
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    4.0
    24 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Iwate Pref. Kamaishishi Odairachou 3-12-7
    This history museum is located in Kamaishi City, Iwate Prefecture. The birthplace of modern steelmaking, it is a facility where you can learn about the history of steel. In addition to exhibiting models of full-sized blast furnaces, they also show the progress of steelmaking using images, sounds and lights. Because there are many visual devices, both children and adults can learn about steel while having fun.

    小高い場所にあり景色もキレイ。釜石の鉄産業の歴史を、資料と映像で紹介しています。大人向けの内容ですが、後半は子供も楽しめるものもあります。

  • Jodogahama Beach
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Roadside Station Kamaishi Sennin-toge
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    3.5
    14 Reviews
    Transportation
    Iwate Pref. Kamaishishi Kasshichou Dai7chiwari 155-4
    This roadside station is located in Kamaishi City, Iwate Prefecture. The shop is popular for the original snacks it sells, and marine products from Kamaishi and souvenirs are available for purchase. In addition, you can also eat Fujiyu Soy Sauce Ice Cream using local Kamaishi soy sauce as a secret ingredient and the roadside station's original Kamaishi Ramen.

    What a great shop. This is a collection of food, drinks, produce, handmade goods, and souvenirs sold by local citizens. If you want to bring your friends back home some very real Japanese things, go...

  • Roadside Station Oritsume
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    3.5
    15 Reviews
    Transportation
    2-28-1 Kuto village Murayamaya, Kudo-gun, Iwate prefecture
    Roadside Station Oritsume is located along Iwate Prefectural Route 22, along the Karumai-Kunohe Line Road. It sells sweet tea, mountain grape juice, and other special products of the village of Kunohe. Visitors can also try regional cuisine, including the Hittsumi Prix Fixe Dinner, which uses young local chicken. Since this roadside station affords a panorama of the prefectural nature park and other sights, many tourists use it as a viewing spot.

    小さな道の駅ですがキレイな建物でした。地元で採れる新鮮な野菜や山菜、特産品などがとても安く売っていました。

  • Sunfish Kamaishi
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    3.5
    21 Reviews
    Shopping
    Iwate Pref. Kamaishishi Suzukochou 2-1
    A shopping complex located a short walk from Kamaishi Station on the Kamaishi Line in Kamaishi City, Iwate Prefecture. Here you'll find shops like Shichibeya Shoten and Azumasengyo-ten which sell dark sleeper, salmon from Sanriku Kamaishi, and other fresh seafood as well as foods like dried fish and pickled fish. There are also numerous restaurants serving Kamaishi ramen, and rice bowls piled high with tasty seafood treats like ikura salted salmon roe and sea urchin. The facility is also connected by skyway to Sea Plaza Kamaishi on the other side of the road, making this a convenient place to pick up all kinds of gifts and souvenirs.

    海鮮が並んだ市場で、その場でBBQができるようです。生うにパック・ホヤパックが並んでいますが、生ものなので持ち帰れず残念でした。

  • Kitayamazaki Nature Guided Trekking
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    3.5
    19 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Iwate Shimohei-gun Tanohata Mura Kitayama 129-10 Kitayamazaki Visitor Center
    Shared tourist taxis run from Tanohata Station. Trekking is available with local guides along the Michinoku Shiokaze Trail, including Kitayamazaki. They know the Tanohata area well, and the treks can be adapted to your fitness level and time available, as well as to your preferred course or theme. You can take in highlights such as earthquake remnants, the Unosu Cliff Nature Trail, and the Kitayamazaki Nature Trail, which has been selected as one of Japan's 100 Best Walks. You'll enjoy hiking in the great outdoors while experiencing the story and background of the area.

    ログハウス風の建物が目印です。 4月に行ったらまだまだ寒いので、ここで暖をとりました。 サッパ船クルーズ常時受付中と表示されてありますが、4月下旬からとのことでした。 観光案内所も兼ねているので、ここで観光情報をもらうとより充実した旅になりますね。

  • Roadside Station Ono
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    4.5
    5 Reviews
    Transportation
    Iwate Pref. Kunohegunhironochou Ono 58-12-30
    This roadside station is located along National Route 395. In the JA Hirono-cho Ono store, they offer items such as fresh seasonal agricultural products. In addition, they also sell souvenirs including Koma-odori and Nanbu Senbei The adjacent Ono-mura Industrial Design Center has a workshop to experience woodworking visited by many tourists.

    農産物直売所の他,宿泊施設や公園などが併設する大きな道の駅です.国道395号沿いにあり休憩には最適です.

  • Kuji Underground Aquarium and Science Museum Moguranpia
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    4.0
    5 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Iwate Pref. Kujishi Samuraihamachoumugio First District 43-7
    This aquarium is located in Kuji City, Iwate Prefecture. It is Japan's first underground aquarium, and uses a tunnel at the National Kuji Storage Base. Besides being able to come into contact with sea creatures, there are also various exhibits and a corner to learn about the oil reserves. You can also see the nanbu moguri (traditional diving technique) and hokugen no ama (northernmost female free divers) underwater demonstrations on weekends and national holidays.

    三陸鉄道リアス線の久慈駅下車、三陸石油備蓄基地のトンネルを使った日本初の地下水族館です。地下水族館すごいです。光るクラゲの水槽は綺麗でしたよ。

  • Kesen Carpentry and Folklore Museum
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    4.5
    10 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Iwate Rikuzentakata-shi Otomocho Myoga 1-237
    A museum located a 90-minute drive from the Ichinoseki Interchange on the Tohoku Expressway. The museum is modeled after early Meiji period Kesen homes and was built to pass on the techniques of Kesen carpentry to future generations. The museum was built exclusively with local materials like Kesen cedar wood. The main building is made of wood and modeled after a single story thatch roof family home. Looking up from beyond the irori sunken hearth, visitors can spot Kesen carpentry techniques everywhere, such as three stage beams. There's also a 3.11 Light of Hope eternally lit gas lamp on the grounds which was lit from the 1.17 Light of Hope in Kobe.

    The Kesen carpentry style is unique to the area and unfortunately there are very few carpenters (if any) left to carry on the techniques. Inside the main building with high ceilings is a...

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