Sanriku Fukko (reconstruction) National Park

Experience the coexistence of man and nature

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.

Visiting Japan's National Parks

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.

Park Highlights

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.

DON'T MISS

  • The distinctive jagged coastline 
  • The "Miracle Lone Pine Tree" monument—the only tree in an Iwate pine forest to survive the disaster 
  • Walking along the Michinoku Coastal Trail dedicated to the recovery of the area

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.

TSUNAMI MEMORIAL PARK NAKANOHAMA

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.

TANESASHI COAST

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.

INDUSTRIAL LANDSCAPE

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.

TREKKING (MICHINOKU COASTAL TRAIL)

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.

About the Park 

The Sanriku Fukko (Reconstruction) National Park was created in May 2013 to contribute to the reconstruction of the Sanriku region that was devastated by the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011.

FACTS & FIGURES

  • Date of National Park Designation: May 2, 1955 (as Rikuchukaigan National Park) / May 24, 2013 (as the reconstructed Sanriku Fukko National Park)
  • Area: 28,537 ha (285.37 square kilometers)
  • Location: Aomori, Iwate and Miyagi prefectures

PARKS RULES & SAFETY 

As with any national park or conservation area, visitors to Sanriku Fukko National Park are required to observe the following rules for safety and to protect the area's natural biodiversity:

  • Carry in, carry out: Take all of your trash with you. 
  • Do not pick wildflowers or damage plants. 
  • Do not feed the wild animals. 
  • Hunting is not permitted. 
  • No fishing unless with a certified guide.
  • No smoking while walking. 
  • Campfires are only permitted in designated areas. 
  • Watch your step (Danger of falling).
  • Beware of high and rough waves and gusty winds (Beware of changes in tide and sea level).
  • Danger of landslides when raining
  • Beware of earthquakes and tsunami (If you feel a strong tremor, immediately evacuate to higher ground).
  • Caution: bears about! 
  • Greet other visitors and local people with a smile.
  • Do not leave the pathway and enter the forest, fields, and residential properties.