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Michinoku Coastal Trail

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Enjoy the breathtaking view that can only be seen by walking



The Michinoku Coastal Trail, located in the Tohoku Region's northern Honshu area, connects the Pacific Coast between Hachinohe, Aomori Prefecture and Soma, Fukushima Prefecture.



Opened in 2019, it is one of the Japan's signature long-distance trails, with a total length of over 1,000 kilometers. Maintenance of the trail originally began as a reconstruction project for the severely damaged Tohoku coastal area after the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011.



It has attracted a lot of attention from hikers, as a rare opportunity in the world to be able to walk along a nature trail that stretches close to the sea as opposed to mountainous areas. In particular, the Tanesashi Coast and Mt. Hashikami region are unique in that it is close to the sea and the living areas, and has many gentle paths, making them ideal for beginners.



The route offers a variety of breathtaking views, such as areas with lovely sandy beaches, places where you can feel the power of the rocks, and spots where you can admire beautiful flowers. To really appreciate the ever-changing landscape, traveling the coast by foot is best.





How to get there


From Tokyo Station, take the Shinkansen to Hachinohe Station (2 hours 45 minutes). From there, take the Hachinohe Line to Same Station (20 minutes). The Trail Head is a 15-minute walk from the station.


Aomori-ken, Iwate-ken, Miyagi-ken, Fukushima-ken



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