IWATE WANKO de MANPUKU drive passport

The 2019 Sanriku Disaster Risk Reduction and Reconstruction Project - Road Trips on the Sanriku Coast of Iwate

Here are some sample routes for you to enjoy the best Iwate has to offer!

03.Gorgeous views of the Iwate Coast! – Tour the Sanriku Geopark

The Sanriku Geopark is the largest geopark in Japan. There are a ton of geosites for you to visit,
which are basically records of the earth’s movement and development over the past 500 million years.

Gorgeous views of the Iwate Coast! – Tour the Sanriku Geopark

route

Start!!
From Hanamaki

By car 1 hr 10 min

Spot
01
Rokando Cave〔Sumita Town〕

This limestone cave is home to the tallest subterranean waterfall in Japan at 29 meters. You can also see fossilized ocean life.

By car 50 min

Spot
02
Hashino Iron Mining Site〔Kamaishi City〕

This is one of the sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution (a World Heritage Site). You can see the ruins of the first western-style blast furnace in Japan.

By car 1 hr 10 min

Spot
03
Yamada Bay〔Yamada Town〕

A beautiful bay with white rocky islands, large and small. These islands have verdant green pines growing on top.

By car 45 min

Spot
04
Jodogahama Beach〔Miyako City〕

This beach is one of the most famous points of the Sanriku Geopark, with jagged, rocky outcroppings formed by magma activity and the churn of the ocean water over the course of 40 million years.

By car 50 min

Spot
05
Unosu Cliffs〔Tanohata Village〕

This line of 200 meter tall cliffs was formed by seismic activity in the Cretaceous period, and is one of the most gorgeous areas on the northern Sanriku coast.

By car 35 min

Spot
06
Kitayamazaki Cliffs〔Tanohata Village〕

Some of the most breathtaking sights in the whole country, with 200 meter high cliffs jutting out of the ocean for a distance of around 8 kilometers.

By car 10 min

Spot
07
Kurozaki〔Fudai Town〕

A dynamic view of 200 meter tall cliffs rising out of the Pacific ocean.

By car 25 min

Spot
08
Tofugaura Coast〔Noda Village〕

A gentle, arching coastline that stretches 3.5 kilometers long. The beach, with its lilac-colored sand, has long been known as a scenic spot.

By car 20 min

Spot
09
Kosode Coast〔Kuji City〕

Here you’ll see sunken rocks and mysterious rocky outcroppings that were formed by seismic activity and erosion of ocean waves.

By car 30 min

Spot
10
Ono Campus〔Hirono Town〕

This is on top of the Ono marine terrace (the oldest such terrace in Japan), and includes a park golf course that makes use of the local terrain.

By car 30 min

Spot
11
Taneichi Beachside Park〔Hirono Town〕

The complex terrain of this coastline was formed 85 million years ago.

By car 40 min

Goal!!
To Hachinohe