A saw-toothed coastline at the entrance to Sanriku Fukko National Park.
Kesennuma is located at the most northeastern point of Miyagi. It is also the south entrance to Sanriku Fukko National Park, which stretches up to the Pacific coast of Iwate Prefecture. The saw-toothed coastline is full of inlets and cliffs, which form natural harbors. The splendor of the coastline makes it one of Miyagi's top beautiful sightseeing spots.
The rocks towering at Iwaizaki Point have been worn away over the years by rough waves that crash against them, producing spray from between the gaps. This particular natural spectacle has been designated a natural monument. The height of the seawater that splashes up often reaches over 10 meters. Oshima Island in Kesennuma Bay is a small island just 22 km in circumference, but from its 235 m high Mt. Kameyama, you can see a magnificent view of the Sanriku Fukko National Park and the Kinkasan Islet.
Kesennuma is one of the large-scaled fishing ports located along the Sanriku Coast. A large variety of fish are brought into this port, including bonito, tuna and Pacific saury. This area also boasts the largest landing of sharks in Japan. Sample the fresh seafood at any of the fine restaurants you will find wherever you go in town.
[Rail] 2 hours 40 minutes to Ichinoseki Station on the Tohoku Shinkansen (bullet train)
1 hour 25 minutes from Ichinoseki Station to Kesennuma Station on the JR Ofunato Line