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Miyako City (宮古) in Iwate Prefecture was one of the northernmost cities to suffer devastating damage from the 2011 Tsunami. The rising waters swept across many of the city's coastal districts, destroying homes, businesses, port facilities and a large part of the local fishing fleet. Some of the tsunami's most unforgettable videos were filmed in Miyako, depicting a huge black swell overtaking the seawall protecting the town and sweeping boats and cars and everything in its path along with it.

Miyako is known for its beautiful coastline, especially the popular Jodogahama Beach on a scenic peninsula just north of the city center. Tourist facilities around the beach were heavily damaged, but after three years the seaside promenades have been replaced and improved and the sightseeing attractions fully reopened.

Jodogahama Beach

Beach always open

Miyako Fish Market

Hours: 6:30 to 17:30
Closed: Wednesdays
Admission: Free

Getting there and around

By train

Infrequent local trains on the JR Yamada Line operate between Morioka and Miyako stations. The one way trip takes about two hours, and costs 1980 yen. Trains depart every two to three hours.

By bus

Iwateken Kotsu operates hourly buses between Morioka and Miyako. The one way trip takes about 90 minutes and costs 2000 yen. Sets of two tickets, which can be used in either direction, are available for 3700 yen.

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