Sanriku Geopark is the largest Geopark in Japan, is 300 kilometer-long includes from Hachinohe-shi, Aomori prefecture, and Iwate prefecture to Kesennuma-shi, Miyagi prefecture. The Geopark is located along the coastline that there are so many great view spots with dynamic natural landscapes formed by Earth’s geological movements. Here are some must-go Geosites in Hachinohe-shi and Hashikami-cho in Aomori prefecture.

 

 

Access to Aomori prefecture

 

 

“Kabushima Island” is an artificial island designated as a national natural monument.(Hachinohe city)

 

This artificial island with a red Torii gate which is a landmark. Going up the stairs from the Torii gate, there is Kabushima Shrine on the top. The shrine has been worshipped by locals for good business and safe fishing. Also, the island is well known as a breeding ground of black-tailed gulls.

 

 

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56-2 Aza Same, Oaza Same-machi, Hachinohe-shi, Aomori prefecture

15 min walk from Same station

Sanriku Geopark Official Website “Kabushima Island”

 

 

 

Breathtaking view can be seen through a year at “Tanesashi Tennen Shibafuchi (Specific difference nature lawn place)”(Hachinohe city)

 

This place is located at Tanesashi Coast which is a part of “Sanriku Fukko (Reconstruction) National Park”. There are many interesting viewing spots and the place is perfect to take a walk. Especially the scenery with geographical feature such as sea cliffs and huge rocks are so beautiful that fascinated famous Japanese authors like Ryotaro Shiba. This is absolutely one of the Must-go Geosites when visiting Hachinohe.

 

 

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Oaza Same-machi, Hachinohe-shi, Aomori prefecture

3 min walk from Tanesashi station

Sanriku Geopark Official Website “Specific difference nature lawn place (tanesashitennenshibafuchi)”

 

 

 

“Itako-maimai Rock” which is a uniquely shaped rock made from magma.(Hachinohe city)

 

It is said that Itako lived in this neighborhood long time ago, used to climb up and danced on the rock for fortune-telling if today’s fishing goes well or not when the sun comes up. It is also located at Tanesashi Coast.

 

 

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Oaza Same-machi, Hachinohe-shi, Aomori prefecture

3 min walk from Tanesashi station

Sanriku Geopark Official Website “Itako-maimai Rock”

 

 

 

Listen to the sound of “Nakisuna (singing sand)”(Hachinohe city)

 

Nakisuna is named because of the sound like singing when walking on the sand. The singing quartz sand can be seen at Shirahama beach of Osuga Coast where has been listed on Japan’s best 100 beaches.

 

 

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Same-machi, Hachinohe-shi, Aomori prefecture

5 min walk from Mutsu-Shirahama station

Sanriku Geopark Official Website “meisa (sand borer)”

 

 

 

“That” is the reason why the rock got white…! “Shiraiwa”(Hachinohe city)

 

The huge white rock was formed by magma and waves of Sanriku. It was originally magma black but it’s been covered by seabird cormorant droppings and getting whiter.

 

 

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Same-machi, Hachinohe-shi, Aomori prefecture

20 min walk from Mutsu-Shirahama station

Sanriku Geopark Official Website “Shiraiwa”

 

 

 

“Yodo-no-Matsubara(Pine Grove)” makes the Geosite more fascinating!(Hachinohe city)

 

The 100-year-old pine trees collaborate with geosite-like coast to uniquely make beautiful scenery. There is some popular places to visit nearby such as Jigokuana Jigoku Ana (Hell Hole) which has been said that it connects to Miyako City in Iwate prefecture.

 

 

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Same-machi, Hachinohe-shi, Aomori prefecture

20 min walk from Mutsu-Shirahama station

Sanriku Geopark Official Website “Matsubara (which Matsubara) of rules”

 

 

 

Valuable ruins having many important cultural properties “Korekawa Ruins (korekawaiseki)”(Hachinohe city)

 

Korekawa Ruins is known as a valuable ruins 5000 articles amazingly excavated such as earthenwares were made during the latter part of the Jomon Period, and wooden articles hadn’t gone rotten to be preserved by special peat beds. The ruins is absolutely a Geosite saved by the local layers.

 

 

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Korekawa, Hachinohe-shi, Aomori prefecture

20 min bus ride from Hon-Hachinohe station

Sanriku Geopark Official Website “Korekawa Ruins”

 

 

 

“Lake Aoba” took 28 years to construct this reservoir and the dam.(Hachinohe city)

 

Lake Aoba, the reservoir, was made by construction of Yomasari dam to be taken 28 years.There used to be a village sunk by the dam construction, where had a legend of “Heike no Ochudo” that when they firstly arrived in this place, they brought “Aoba no Fue (the flute of green leaves)”. The lake was named after this legend.

 

 

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Yomasari Dam, Shimamori , Nango-ku, Hachinohe-Shi, Aomori prefecture

50 min drive from Hachinohe station

Sanriku Geopark Official Website “Lake Aoba”

 

 

 

“Shimin no Mori Mt. Narawazudake” heals citizens.(Hachinohe city)

 

374.9 meter-high Mt. Narawazudake is such a fun place for citizens with camping site, beautiful flowers and more through a year.  Not only plants but also various wildlife can be seen and the mountain is designated as a wildlife sanctuary.

 

 

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Shimin no Mori Mt. Narawazudake, Hachinohe-shi, Aomori prefecture

An hour drive from Hachinohe station

Sanriku Geopark Official Website “Shimin no Mori Mt. Narawazudake”

 

 

 

“Mt. Hashikami” is the great view place nearby Hachinohe.(Hashikamitown)

 

740 meter-high Mt. Hashikami is designated as a part of “Sanriku Fukko (Reconstruction) National Park, that is a very popular place to see the great view such as the scenery from the top of the mountain and 20000 of azarea blooming like a red carpet in June.

 

 

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Hashikami-cho, Sannohe District, Aomori prefecture

30 min drive from the center of Hachinohe City

Sanriku Geopark Official Website “Mt. Hashikami”

 

 

 

The oldest lighthouse in Japan “Terashita Kannon Temple”(Hashikamitown)

 

Terashita Kannon Temple which is known as the first on the Oshu-Nanbu-Nukanobu’s 33 temple pilgrimage route, has a candle hall remain which is said the oldest lighthouse in Japan. It is popular place to visit as sacred place because of the mysterious atmosphere with huge and old trees. There is another Geosite called Terashita falls.

 

 

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Terashita Akabonai, Hashikami-cho, Sannohe District, Aomori prefecture

15 min drive from Hashikami station

Sanriku Geopark Official Website  “Terashita Kannon Temple”

 

 

 

Why don’t you visit Geosites in Hachinohe and Hashikami?

 

 

Photos:aptinet Aomori Sightseeing Guide

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