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Home - Travel - Sightseeing Guide - Tohoku - Sanriku Coast - Miyako
Jodogahama Beach 
# 2   of 21 most visited sights
in Sanriku Coast

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Sunrise at Jodogahama Beach

Jodogahama Beach (yl, Jōdogahama, lit. "Pure Land Beach") is a beautiful beach just outside of central Miyako City in Iwate Prefecture. It is one of the more famous tourist sites along the Sanriku Coast and part of the Sanriku Recovery National Park. Jodogahama features a beautiful white pebble shoreline and clear, calm waters punctuated by jagged, rocky islands. This memorable landscape invokes images of the "Pure Land", a Buddhist concept of paradise, which the beach derives its name from.

Ranked one of the one hundred best beaches and swimming spots in Japan, Jodogahama Beach is particularly popular in summer. It attracts visitors with its clear inlet that is sheltered from the open ocean. A rest house near the beach provides showers, toilets, changing rooms, a shop and a dining hall. The rest house and several other tourist facilities in the area were destroyed by the 2011 tsunami, but were rebuilt in the meantime.

A Visitor Center is located at the main parking lot of Jodogahama Beach. The center has a small, free museum about the coastline and its natural features. Several short walking trails lead from the visitor center to the beach, the boat piers and to a few viewpoints in the pine forests around the area.

Blue Cave Cruise

Two different sightseeing cruises are offered around Jodogahama. The 20 minute long Blue Cave Cruise departs from the Marine House which is located between the main parking lot and the beach. These tours are by small motorboats and give visitors a close up view of the sharp, rocky islands opposite Jodogahama Beach. The cruise also visits the Blue Cave (Aonodokutsu), a small cave that is only accessible from the sea and is named for its cobalt blue water. Passengers are given a bag of crackers that can be fed to the seagulls that follow the boats.

The Miyako Jodogahama Boat Cruise uses larger sightseeing ship and departs from a dock just below the main parking lot. This 40 minute long cruise takes passengers up the Sanriku Coast, passing by the rugged coastline and sharp rocky islands along the way before returning to Jodogahama. The ship visits several interesting rock formations, such as the towering Candle Rock, and a large blowhole.

Miyako Jodogahama Boat Cruise

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How to get there
Iwate Kenpoku Bus operates buses between Miyako Station and Jodogahama Beach. Take a bus bound for Oku Jodogashima and get off at the Jodogashima Terminal bus stop (15 minutes, 180 yen, 1-2 departures per hour). The beach is a further ten minute walk from there. The road leading from the parking lot to the beach is closed to private vehicles from April through October. A shuttle bus operates to the beach during the busy seasons.

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Hours and Fees
Blue Cave Cruise
Hours:8:30 to 17:00 (reservations not required)
Closed:December to February
Admission:1500 yen

Miyako Jodogahama Boat Cruise
Hours:4-5 departures per day on weekends, public holidays and Mondays from early March to November; every day during Golden Week and summer holidays. Additional, irregular departures are scheduled on selected other days of the year, including weekends in December and early January (see official website for details).
Closed:Mid January to early March and some weekdays during the rest of the year
Admission:1250 yen

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Japanese Links
Jodogahama Beach
Official website of Miyako City.
Jodogahama Rest House
Official website.
Jodogahama Marine House
Official website of the operator of the Blue Cave Cruises.
Miyako Jodogahama Boat Cruise
Official website of the operator of the Miyako Jodogahama Boat Cruises.

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