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Kanto Tokai Kansai Chugoku Shikoku Kyushu Okinawa Islands SAPPORO TOKYO NAGOYA OSAKA FUKUOKA FURANO KUSHIRO AOMORI SENDAI FUKUSHIMA NIKKO HAKONE SADO TAKAYAMA KANAZAWA ISE KYOTO NARA HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI KAGOSHIMA NAHA
Hokkaido
Hokkaido
  • Hokkaido
Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
Tohoku
Tohoku
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare
Kanto
Kanto
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving
Kyushu
Kyushu
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings

Nature

Sanriku Fukko National Park (Aomori) 三陸復興国立公園

Breathtaking landscapes rising high from the Pacific Ocean

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.

Don't Miss

  • Unosudangai Cliff, rising 200-meters high and overlooking the sea
  • Jodogahama, a rocky group of islands that jut ominously out of reach from the beach
  • Tanesashi Coast, with picturesque grassy meadows and rocky beaches

How to Get There

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.

Miles of incredible natural sculptures

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.

The reconstruction of Tohoku

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 400-kilometer walk

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.

Rocky cliffs and uninhabitable islands of Sanriku Fukko National Park

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.

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