Along a 220-kilometer stretch of coastline from Aomori Prefecture, near Hachinohe, and ending in Kessennuma in Miyagi Prefecture, is the Sanriku Fukko National Park, featuring unparalleled views of towering cliffs jutting from the ocean.
Sanriku Fukko National Park in Aomori is accessible from multiple cities on the Sanriku Railways Northern Line running along the coast. Morioka is the largest station in the region and a key transport hub.
The Jodogahama Visitor Center in the park is a 10-minute taxi ride from the Miyako Station, which is a two-hour train ride from the Morioka Station on the JR Yamada Line, or a bus ride.
The Sanriku Fukko National Park extends along the coastline through 3 prefectures: Aomori, Iwate, and Miyagi. The coastline in this part of Tohoku is jagged, with many points that jut out into the sea, dotted with bizarrely shaped, uninhabited islands.
Sanriku Fukko National Park was formed by the joining of several former national parks and quasi-national parks along the coastline. This was done as part of Tohoku's reconstruction efforts in the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami of March 11, 2011.
A major survey to determine the park's area was conducted by Shunsuke Goto, then a 22-year old student at Waseda University. He walked 400 kilometers, alone, on the field study.
The areas further south in Iwate and Miyagi are just as rugged and majestic, and many areas require a car to get around and explore.
The section of the park near Hachinohe, in Aomori Prefecture, is a bit easier to get to by public transportation. There is a one-day walking course that starts from the JR Same Station and ends at the JR Okuki Station along the Tanesashi Coast. The serene, landscaped beaches and grassy meadows are truly breathtaking.