Spots in Sanriku Coast Area

  • Miyako Jodogahama Boat Cruise
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    4.5
    82 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Iwate Pref. Miyakoshi Hitachihamachou 32-69
    This very popular pleasure cruise will take you around Miyako Bay in about 40 minutes. You’ll be able to enjoy some of the best sights in Sanriku Geopark, not to mention several famous sights such as National Scenic Beauty Jodogahama Beach, the Natural Monuments Rosoku-iwa Rock, the Shiofukiana blowhole, Hidejima Island, and others. You can even feed the black-tailed gulls as you take in the scenery.

    Very short boat ride to visit the blue cave. 1500 yen per person plus a small bag of crab chips to feed the sea gulls. The sea gulls will poop on you, happened to a few people in my boat. It would...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 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。

  • 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 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...

  • Yoshi-zushi
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    4.0
    26 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Iwate Miyako-shi Hokuda 4-27
    This long-established sushi restaurant is located about a five-minute walk from JR Miyako Station, and provides fresh seafood brought in at Sanriku Miyako Port. You can enjoy seasonal ingredients at reasonable prices. Their “miyabi” sushi set with 11 pieces, made in the spirit of encouraging the revitalization of the Sanriku region, is especially recommended. In addition to counter seating with the fresh ingredients lined up in front of you, there is also table and tatami room seating that can be used for banquets. Besides their nigiri and chirashi sushi selections, they also have rolled and inari sushi, and even a children’s menu.

    No english menu and no english speaking but a very good traditional japanese sushi restaurant. People here is very friendly

  • Ryusendo Rest House
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    4.0
    27 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Iwate Shimohei-gun Iwaizumicho Iwaizumi Kannari 1-1
    This resthouse, located inside Ryusendo Cave Tourist Center, is one of the facilities established around Ryusendo Cave. It has a calm and relaxing atmosphere and quaint appearance,as well as a shop that sells souvenirs and other goods focusing mainly on Ryusendo Cave and Iwaizumi. At the restaurant, visitors can enjoy dishes made with local and seasonal ingredients from Iwaizumi. The restaurant also has terrace seating, and when the weather is pleasant, many visitors enjoy sitting outside on the terrace. It is also attractive in that visitors can enjoy skewer dishes such as dengakudofu and seasonal salt-grilled fish, that can be eaten inside the restaurant or while walking.

    龍泉洞入口の横にあるレストハウスです。 お土産やさん、レストラン、観光協会など様々な施設が入っているので、充実した施設になっています。 ちょっとした休憩もでき、龍泉洞観光後の休憩やお買い物はここです。

  • 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。

  • 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.

  • Roadside Station Yamada
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    3.5
    23 Reviews
    Transportation
    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。

  • 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。

  • Roadside Station Kuzakai Kogen
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    3.5
    21 Reviews
    Transportation
    Iwate Pref. Miyakoshi Kadoma Tashiro 2-434-2
    This roadside station is located along National Route 106. They offer various specialty products such as perilla and black beans. In the restaurant Beef Village Kuzakai that features a yellow and white appearance, you can get a taste of dishes including Miso Katsudon (pork cutlet rice bowl with thick miso bean sauce) and homemade soba buckwheat noodles. The facility is used not only by tourists but many local residents.

    This is one of the two michi-no-eki or roadside station on National Highway 106 between Morioka and Miyako. The other one is Yamabiko-kan, located a little closer to the Miyako or the east side...

  • 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...

  • Ramen Chigusa
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    4.0
    18 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Iwate Kuji-shi Nijuhachinichimachi 1-10
    This restaurant is located a three-minute walk from Kuji Stationon the Sanriku Railway Riasu Line (Miyako - Kuji). It is a popular ramen restaurant that has been loved by residents of Kuji City for many years. The handmade noodles are made only with Okinawan natural salt, flour, water and the kansui method of preparing noodles. They blend perfectly with the translucent amber soup that is made with whole chicken and contains no potherbs. The chashu, also made from chicken, is chewy, and when chewed, the flavor spreads throughout one's mouth. The ramen, topped with chicken chashu, spring onion and bamboo shoots, and the curry ramen, topped with pork cutlets, are well-recommended. Take-out is also available.

    観光客も地元の人も大好きなラーメン店。 カツラーメンがおいしかいです。 駐車場は店の後ろ側にあります。 行列ができることもありますが、それでも食べたいラーメンです。

  • 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 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。

  • 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...

  • 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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