The park extends approximately 220 km to the north and south, with the northern part known as the Alps of the ocean because of its dynamic cliffs. You can see a beautiful coastline with its complex topography to the south. Many people travel to the park to learn about disaster prevention as it is located in the areas worst hit by the 2011 disaster.
Sanriku Fukko National Park, like all of Japan's national parks, has no entrance fees, no opening and closing hours, and a permit is not required to enter or stay in the park. The national parks of Japan differ from national parks worldwide in that the land within the national parks is not exclusively designated for national park use and is made up of private property as well as public and protected areas. Visitors are free to enter and leave at any time.
This national park is unlike any other in Japan as it was created for reconstruction from a disaster. The area has a mix of rocky coasts with scattered rock formations and wide sandy beaches.
Visitors can enjoy fresh seafood at some of Japan’s largest fishing ports, such as Hachinohe, Miyako, Kamaishi, Ofunato and Kesennuma. The coasts are a habitat for a diverse collection of maritime plants that have adapted to the unique coastal environment and visitors can observe wildlife up close.
Areas that were previously campsites are now preserved as memories of the awesome power of nature, and some of the facilities damaged by the tsunami are preserved as remnants of the earthquake disaster. They are used together with facilities employing the wreckage of the disaster.
The coast is full of variety with reefs, grass meadows, sandy beaches and pine forests. A footpath is maintained, where visitors can enjoy the singing sand beach, vast grass meadows and the various flowers that bloom with each season.
There are many fishing ports along the coast and fixed nets are set on the ocean, so visitors can look down at the traffic of fishing boats from the viewpoint. In the bay area of the southern part of the park, where there are ria coasts, there are a multitude of floating rafts for farming oysters and scallops, and buoys for farming wakame seaweed.
The Michinoku Coastal Trail is a long footpath extending from Hachinohe City in Aomori Prefecture to Soma City in Fukushima Prefecture. Experience the warmth of this trail yourself.