The longest hiking trail in Japan starts in Hachinohe City
Come hike the Michinoku Shiokaze Trail and discover the untouched nature of Japan’s eastern coast. This walking trail runs the entire length of the Sanriku Fukko National Park, about 1,000km, and is one of the best ways for visitors to see the dynamic beauty of Japan while experiencing how nature, with all its bounties and disasters, has shaped the lifestyle and culture of the Tohoku region. For those who find 1,000km a little too long to walk, the beginning section of the trail that starts in Hachinohe City is a great option. It begins at Kabushima Shrine, a beautiful shrine that seems to float above the ocean, and ends at the Tanesashi Natural Lawn, a picturesque area of sprawling grass that runs right up to the crashing waves. The area is famous for its dynamic scenery, which changes between soft sandy beaches, craggily dramatic cliffs, and windswept pine groves. This section of the trail is good for casual walking, takes less than a full day to complete, and Hachinohe City can be conveniently accessed from Tokyo by bullet train, making it a great choice for everyone!