Sanriku Geopark extends over three prefectures, namely Aomori Prefecture, Iwate Prefecture and Miyagi Prefecture. We would like to introduce carefully selected must-see Geosites from Miyako City and Tanohata Village. Sheer cliffs of the large-scale ria coast and the beautiful ocean makes breathtaking views here and there. Also, the heartbeat and life of the earth can be felt with its crustal activities. Let’s see the fascinations of the Geosites!

 

 

Access to Iwate Prefecture

 

 

 

“Haipe and Koikorobe” the layers to show history of the earth

 

Haipe and Koikorobe is a coast located at a peninsula in Tanohata village, is known as a place where fossils of Cretaceous period have been often found, is very valuable Geosite both historically and geologically.

 

 

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Wano, Tanohata Village, Shimohei District, Iwate Prefecture

10 min walk from Shimanokoshi station

Sanriku Geopark Official Website “Haipe and Koikorobe”

 

 

 

Great view spot of ria coast “Hiraname Coast Bentenjima, Bentenzaki”

 

It is designated as a prefectural natural monument as “the Cretaceous fossil production center” with Haipe and Koikorobe. There is a lighthouse on Bentenzaki where is a popular scenic spot especially sunrise. Also “Geo-food”, the food related Geosites, can be eaten around Geosites in Tanohata village.

 

 

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Tanohata Village, Shimohei District, Iwate Prefecture

5 min drive from Tanohata Village

Sanriku Geopark Official Website “Hiraname Coast Bentenjima, Bentenzaki”

 

 

 

An unending stretch of sheer cliffs “Kitayamazaki”

 

Kitayamazaki is one of the best scenic spot to see an unending stretch of 200 meter-high and 8 kilometers long sheer cliffs. The geological formation was formed by crustal movements and volcanic activity 130 million years ago. Taking a small boat called “Sappa-sen” is the best way to enjoy the scenery around here. You can look up the cliffs from the ocean and the tour is exciting and thrilling.

 

 

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Kitayama, Tanohata Village, Shimohei District, Iwate Prefecture

15 min drive from Tanohata station

Sanriku Geopark Official Website “Kitayamazaki”

 

 

 

One of the top scenic spots in Iwate along with Kitayamazaki “Unosudangai Cliffs”

 

Unosudangai cliffs is must-see place where is one of the best scenic places in Sanriku region. Many different amazing sceneries when walking path to the beach.

 

 

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Magisawa, Tanohata Village, Shimohei District, Iwate Prefecture

25 min drive from Shimanokoshi station

Sanriku Geopark Official Website “Unosudangai Cliffs”

 

 

 

Do not forget the tragedy “Seawall of Akedo District”

 

We have learned the lessons from the disaster. This seawall was designated as a geosite not to forget the tragedy and will be a memorial park in future. This Geosite tells us prodigies of nature.

 

 

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Akedo coast, Tanohata Village, Shimohei District, Iwate Prefecture

5 min drive from Tanohata station

Sanriku Geopark Official Website “Seawall (akedochikunobochotei) of Aketo district”

 

 

 

“Jodogahama Beach” created by action of magma 40 million years ago

 

Jodogahama Beach is one of the most famous scenic places in Sanriku region, was created by action of magma and sea erosion 40 million years ago. “Jodo” means heaven in Japanese. Yes, the beach is amazingly beautiful like heaven. Also, Blue cave is a must-see place when visiting Jodogahama. Blue cave offers unforgettable experience, is only accessible by a boat. It is photogenic, mysterious and wonderful place!

 

 

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Hitachihamacho, Miyako city, Iwate prefecture

20 min bus ride from Miyako station

Sanriku Geopark Official Website “Jodogahama Beach”

 

 

 

“Shiofukiana” is simply overwhelming!

 

When waves are rough, the water blows from huge hole reaches 3o meters high. The hole was created 110 million years ago. Shiofukiana is designated as national natural monument.

 

 

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17-20 Akigasaki, Miyako city, Iwate prefecture

20 min bus ride from Miyako station

Sanriku Geopark Official Website “Shiofukiana”

 

 

 

Uninhabited island also known as gunkanjima “Hidejima island”

 

Hidejima island, the uninhabited island, was formed by deposited layers on the bottom of the sea 110 million years ago. Bivalve, roll-shell, coral, various kinds of fossils including ammonite are discovered, and there are many types discovered for the first time in Hidejima island.

 

 

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18-56 Kuwagasaki, Miyako city, Iwate prefecture

20 min bus ride from Miyako station

Sanriku Geopark Official Website  “Hidejima island”

 

 

 

40 meter-high massive rock “Candle rock”

 

It is uniquely massive rock with 40 meters high which is designated as a national natural monument. The shape of the rock looks like a huge candle.

 

 

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12-1 Kuwagasaki, Miyako city, Iwate prefecture

20 min bus ride from Miyako station

Sanriku Geopark Official Website “Candle rock”

 

 

 

Easternmost land of main island Japan “Todogasaki”

 

Todogasaki is a cape located at the easternmost tip made with rough rocks. These rocks were formed by volcanic activity 130 million years ago. This place is popular to see photogenic scenery with the lighthouse and other geosites nearby.

 

 

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Omoe, Miyako city, Iwate prefecture

An hour and 10 min bus ride from Miyako station

Sanriku Geopark Official Website “Todogasaki”

 

 

 

“The tsunami remains Taro Kanko Hotel” tells us the destructive power of tsunami

 

First and second floor of six floors building of Taro Kanko Hotel were destroyed and sunk till fourth floor by tsunami of Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011. It was designated as a geosite not to forget the tragedy and to learn power of nature.

 

 

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80-1 Taronohara, Miyako city, Iwate prefecture

20 min walk from Taro station

Sanriku Geopark Official Website “taro tourist hotel trace”

 

 

 

Overwhelming uniquely shaped rocks of Sanriku “Sanno-Iwa Rock”

 

The 50 meter-high giant rock like a pillar is called Otoko-iwa and Onna-iwa and Taiko-iwa are beside of Otoko-iwa. These uniquely shaped rocks are called Sanno-iwa was formed by erosion of waves and wind. It is a natural art and is designated as prefectural natural monument.

 

 

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Taro-Aozari, Miyako city, Iwate prefecture

20 min walk from Taro station

Sanriku Geopark Official Website “Sanno-iwa Rock (sannouiwa)”

 

 

 

“Harataiko-no-konzai-iwa” the mixture rocks shows active movement of the earth

 

Various type of rocks such as basalt, limestone, sandstone, mudstone and more can be seen at Heigawa-river flows Miyako city. These rocks were brought from distant ocean by crustal movement 150 million years ago.

 

 

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Harataiko, Miyako city, Iwate prefecture

10 min walk from Harataiko station

Sanriku Geopark Official Website “Mixture rock (haratainokonzaiiwa) of belly band”

 

 

 

“Kuromori Shrine” a hidden shrine in the dark forest

 

The shrine is located in Mt. Kuromori where is always dark because of deep forest, and has been worshipped as a sacred mountain. Kuromori Shrine is also known as valuable historic site with many important cultural properties such as Kuromori-Kagura, Gongen-sama and more.

 

 

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4 Yamaguchi, Miyako city, Iwate prefecture

10 min drive from Miyako station

Sanriku Geopark Official Website “Kuromori Shrine”

 

 

 

Why don’t you visit Sanriku Geopark to feel the living earth?

 

 

Photos:Iwate Prefecture Official Travel Guide “Iwate-no-tabi”

https://iwatetabi.jp/index.php