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Home - Travel - Sightseeing Guide - Tohoku
Sanriku Coast 
# 151   of 177 destinations
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The Sanriku Coast (OC, Sanriku Kaigan) is a dramatic, rocky shoreline with countless bays, cliffs and coves that stretches for over 200 kilometers along the Pacific Coast of the Tohoku Region, spanning Aomori, Iwate and Miyagi prefectures. Due to its natural beauty, the coastline has long been a popular tourist attraction, and a considerable part of it has been designated as national park (Sanriku Recovery National Park).

The Sanriku Coast has periodically been struck by large tsunami. On March 11, 2011, the strongest ever recorded earthquake in Japan triggered a huge tsunami that hit the Pacific Coast of northeastern Japan and was particularly destructive along the Sanriku Coast. In total, nearly 20,000 lives were lost, and tens of thousands of buildings were washed away. Many cities along the Sanriku Coast lost entire districts, while several towns and villages were almost completely destroyed.

The reconstruction process is ongoing and will take many more years, as many displaced residents continue to live in temporary housing. On the other hand, roads and utilities were restored within months, and services such as shopping centers and restaurants reopened in temporary structures. Many tourist sites also reopened within just a few months of the disaster, and tourism is considered one of the best ways to revitalize the area.

Attractions
 1  Jodogahama
Beautiful beach on a nice peninsula.
User rating: 83/100 (7 votes)
Visited by: 14 users
 2  Tashiro Island
Small, rural island with a large cat population.
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Visited by: 2 users
 2  Kitayamazaki Coast
Most spectacular section of the Sanriku Coast.
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Visited by: 2 users
 2  Shiogama Fish Market
A large fish market open to visiting tourists.
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Visited by: 2 users
 5  Ishinomaki
Port city badly affected by the tsunami.
User rating: 83/100 (6 votes)
Visited by: 15 users
 6  Kesennuma
Fishing port town heavily hit by the tsunami.
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Visited by: 12 users
 7  Shiogama
Fishing town between Sendai and Matsushima.
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Visited by: 10 users
 8  Minamisanriku
One of the worst hit towns along the coast.
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Visited by: 9 users
 9  Ryusendo Cave
One of Japan's best limestone caves.
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Visited by: 8 users
 9  Manga Museum
Commemorating manga artist Ishinomori Shotaro.
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Visited by: 8 users
 11  Rikuzentakata
Home city of the miracle pine tree.
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Visited by: 6 users
 12  Hiyoriyama Park
Hilltop park in central Ishinomaki City.
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Visited by: 4 users
 12  Shiogama Shrine
One of the region's most important shrines.
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Visited by: 4 users
 14  Goishi Coast
Nice coastline south of Ofunato.
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Visited by: 3 users
 15  Iron Museum
Dedicated to the local iron and steel industry.
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Visited by: 2 users
 15  Rias Ark Museum
Contemporary art and history museum.
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Visited by: 2 users
 17  Miyako
Port city known for its Jodogahama Beach.
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Visited by: 1 user
 17  Miyako Fish Market
Public market for fresh seafood and produce.
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Visited by: 1 user
 17  Kamaishi
The birthplace of the iron industry in Japan.
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Visited by: 1 user
 17  Kamaishi Daikannon
Roughly 50 meter tall statue of Kannon.
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Visited by: 1 user
 17  Sant Juan Bautista
Replica of an Japanese built Western style ship.
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Visited by: 1 user

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Sanriku Fukko National Park
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