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!

05.For the next generation… Learn about disaster risk reduction

This route will take you by areas and facilities that will you teach you about the memories and lessons learned from the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.
Visit with local guides who can tell you about their experiences of that time, go to facilities that offer disaster risk reduction education, and make a trip that will help you be prepared for the future.

For the next generation… Learn about disaster risk reduction


From Hachinohe/Kuji

By car 1 hr 50 min from Hachinohe, 40 min from Kuji

Fudai Water Gate〔Fudai Village〕

This water gate was completed in 1984 at a height of 15.5 meters, making it the tallest water gate in Tohoku at the time. When the 2011 tsunami struck, this sea gate protected the main part of the town.

By car 25 min

Raga/Shimanokoshi〔Tanohata Village〕

Here you can see the “Tsunami Stone,” a 2 ton rock (3 meters long, 2 meters wide) that was washed up from a tsunami in the Meiji period (1868-1912).

By car 40 min

Taro Seawall〔Miyako City〕

From on top of this seawall, a guide will talk to you about what happened during the disaster as well as teach you the lessons they learned.

By car 1 hr 10 min

Otsuchi Town Culture Exchange Center “Oshacchi”〔Otsuchi Town〕

There is a display room here that has a collection of video clips that show off the region’s reconstruction. You can also see how victims lived before the disaster, and see the extent of the damage.

By car 10 min

Unosumai Tomosu〔Kamaishi City〕

Includes a memorial spot as well as a facility where you can learn more about the tsunami and disaster risk reduction.

By car 1 hr 10 min

Tsubaki no Sato / Ofunato Guides〔Ofunato City〕

These guides can tell you about sightseeing spots in the area as well as their experiences of the disaster.

By car 15 min

Museum of Kesen Carpentry〔Rikuzentakata City〕

The 3.11 Light of Hope burns here, with the flame shared from a monument to the Hanshin Awaji Earthquake of 1995.

By car 15 min

The Miraculous Lone Pine Tree〔Rikuzentakata City〕

Only one tree was left standing after the tsunami wiped out this forest of pine trees, and has been conserved to remain as a monument.

By car 10 min

Roadside Station Takata Matsubara〔Rikuzentakata City〕

This roadside station was completely destroyed by the tsunami, but the ruins remain as a memorial to teach about the disaster and how to be prepared.

By car 25 min to Kesennuma, 1 hr 20 min to Ichinoseki

To Kesennuma/Ichinoseki