Sanriku Geopark - Evolving from 500 million years ago and still changing

sanriku_shichosonIn September 2013, the Sanriku Geopark was certified as one of the Japan Geoparks. The Sanriku Geopark covers the area from Hachinohe-shi of Aomori Prefecture, through the coast of Iwate Prefecture and down to Kesennuma-shi of Miyagi Prefecture. It stretches 220km from north to south and 80km from east to west. It is the largest Geopark in Japan.

One of the charms of geoparks is that visitors can go and explore; nature and culture, history and habitat, and discover human ties. Behind the wonderful sceneries, livelihoods and culture, there lies hidden yet visible history of how the ground we walk on came to be.

We hope that visitors will be able to acknowledge the mountains, the rivers, the ocean, the whole atmosphere and life, and reach out to space. Please visit us and enjoy Sanriku Geopark where Earth (geo) itself can be experienced.

 

 

Kabushima Island (Hachinohe-shi)

Kabushima Island (Hachinohe-shi)

Kitayama Cape (Tanohata-mura)

Kitayama Cape (Tanohata-mura)

Oreishi (Kesennuma-shi)

Oreishi (Kesennuma-shi)

 

 

 

Highlight No.1 Passing down memories of disasters and learning from it

Miracle Lone Pine Tree (Rikuzentakata-shi)

Miracle Lone Pine Tree (Rikuzentakata-shi)

The 2011 earthquake and tsunami reestablished our minds of how threatening nature can be.
The Sanriku Geopark has a main goal to let people reconsider how to coexist with nature and to remember and pass down the disaster to prevent it from ever happening again.
Please come and take a look at the damaged buildings and sea walls and experience nature's power up close. Hear real experiences and listen to the lessons learnt, and see how we are coming back to build a disaster preventive/mitigating city.

Highlight No.2 Earth's story of 500 million years

Ryusendo Cave (Iwaizumi-cho)

Ryusendo Cave (Iwaizumi-cho)

Kitayama Cape, where never-ending cliffs extend; Jodogahama Beach, where pearl white rocks gleam in the Pacific; Ryusendo Cave, a mystical underground chamber; Kuji Amber, capsuling history inside ・・・. The dynamic nature and well as the story of Earth and life from 500 million years ago can be seen and experienced at Sanriku Geopark.
Kabushima Island, where tens of thousands of black tailed gulls swarm; Mount Hayachine, where valuable and rare alpine plants grow; please come and see Sanriku Geopark where it will tickle your curiosity and please discover the story of Earth.

Highlight No. 3 Rich marine life

I who served seafood bowl (Otsuchi-cho)

Oraga-don - a bowl of rice full of rich seafood.
(Otsuchi-cho)

Most of all, rich sea life is available at Sanriku Geopark.
The currents that pass through the coast of Sanriku are Kuroshio Current (warm), Tsugaru Warm Current (warm) and Oyashio Current (cold). These currents nurture the diverse ecosystem around Sanriku and make it one of the best fishing areas in the world. The complex shoreline of ria coasts gives a rich environment for marine life to prosper such as abalones, sea urchins, persimmons, and sea weeds.
Please come and not only see but also fulfill your taste buds with our splendid rich seafood at Sanriku Geopark.

Highlight No.4 Abundant natural Rrsources that supported livelihoods

Hashino Blast Furnace Site (Kamaishi-shi)

Hashino Blast Furnace Site (Kamaishi-shi)

There are rich mining resources such as iron, copper, and limestone in the Kitakami Mountains which spreads out to the Pacific. This developed Japan's first iron works and the local mining industry. It is said that the gold mines scattered across the Kesen region had opened the doors to the golden age culture of Hiraizumi led by the Northern Fujiwara (Oshu Fujiwara-shi in Japanese). We are proud of the culture and history deeply rooted here in Sanriku.