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Sanriku Fukko National Park (Iwate)

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The saw-toothed coastline of Sanriku Fukko National Park, creates a breathtaking backdrop to the traditional fishing area.

The Sanriku Fukko National Park (former Rikuchu Kaigan National Park) extends for 220km (137 mi.) along the Pacific coast from Hachinohe in Aomori Prefecture to Kesen’numa in Miyagi Prefecture. The northern part exhibits spectacular views of keen-cut cliffs and a row of oddly shaped rocks. It is characterized by the dynamic Kitayama-zaki Point with sheer cliffs that rise steeply from the surf, Unosudangai Cliff where columns of 200-meter tall precipices layer one another.

The center of the coastline offers moderate scenery with many picturesque beauties. Jodo-ga-hama Beach gives a beautiful contrast between long, white beaches and precipitous oddly shaped rocks as well as verdant pine trees. On Nami-ita-kaigan Beach, rough grains of sand absorb incoming waves and outgoing waves vanish. Miyako, your starting point to tour through the scenic beauties of the coastline, is a port town known for its abundant hauls of seafood, and there are numerous eating houses where you can enjoy fresh shrimp, sea urchins, crabs, and other delicacies of the sea.

The southern coastline is an irregular saw-toothed coast. It has Goishi-kaigan Beach with a row of oddly shaped rocks and grottos, Takata-Matsubara with white sand beaches, Hanzo with entangled rows of marble rocks carved into unique shapes by sea erosion, and Ogama with a keen rock pillar, that stretches from them, and many other scenic spots. Rikuzen-Takata and Ofunato are also famous fishing ports where you can enjoy fresh seafood.

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To Jodogahama Visitor Center: 2 hrs from Morioka Station to Miyako Station by a bus or JR Yamada Line. About 10 min by a taxi or about 17 min by a bus from the Miyako Station to the visitor center.

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