Rikuchu-kaigan Coast (Iwate）
The saw-toothed coastline of Rikuchu-kaigan coast, creates a breathtaking backdrop to the traditional fishing area.
The Rikuchu-kaigan Coast in the east of Iwate is a shoreline with a variety of scenic beauty along the Pacific Ocean between Kuji and Kesen'numa in Miyagi, and is a part of the Rikuchu-Kaigan National Park. 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.
≪Impact of the East Japan Great Earthquake≫
All information on this page is based on data before the disaster. Since the area has been strongly damaged, access to the area could be difficult by public transportation, and the landscape has changed drastically. It is recommended to check latest information in advance.
From Tokyo:[Rail]Take JR Tohoku Shinkansen Line for 2 hours and 30 minutes from Tokyo Station to Morioka Station, transfer to a bus for 2 hours from Morioka Station to Miyako Station, transfer to the Sanriku Tetsudo Kita-Rias Line for 1 hour 40 minutes to Kuji Station.