Introducing places of interest: Rikuchukaigan National Park
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- Black-Tailed Gull breeding site at Miyako on the Sanriku Coast
Kosode Coast (Kuji City)
Visitors can see a range of strange rock formations, including Tsurigane-do and Kabuto-iwa, and copper-colored shore reefs along the Kosode Coast.
Samurai-ishi (Kuji City)
A heavily wave-eroded landscape located nearby can be seen from this spot.
Tofugaura Coast (Noda Village)
A captivating location where pale purple sand resembling grains of adzuki beans extend in a gentle arc formation, the Tofugaura Coast appears often in classical Japanese verse through references made to Tofu-no-Ura and Tofu-no-Sugagomo and is a singular place of scenic beauty.
Eboshi-iwa (Noda Village)
Eboshi-iwa is an especially unique rock formation even when compared to the many oddly shaped rocks that can be found along the Tamagawa Coast. The formation resembles an eboshi (formal headwear for court nobles) in terms of several details ranging from the fabric creases to the narrow, pinched section of the real article.
Kurosaki (Fudai Village)
Cliffs rising more than 100 meters in vertical height extend along the coast in the Kurosaki area. Around Anmoura, a waterfall consisting of a thin thread of water plunging from the heavens into the Pacific Ocean can be seen. Developed with a vertical drop of over 100 meters above the surface of the water below, the Kurosaki Observatory affords a sweeping view of Nedari Beach, Fudai Beach, Noda, and Kuji. At the beginning of summer, the Yamase (winds from the northeast) give rise to a mystical landscape.
Kitayamazaki (Tanohata Village)
Comprising a line of 200-meter sheer cliffs stretching across 8 kilometers of coastline, Kitayamazaki is a scenic hallmark feature of the Rikuchu Coast. In June, the neat and simple white flowers of the Rhododendron brachycarpum var. roseum plant, an alpine species that is rarely seen in coastal areas, adorn bare rocks with color. A promenade has been built in the Kitayamazaki area. Visitors can enjoy a panoramic view from an observatory established atop these cliffs or peer up at these impressive cliffs from the water's edge. Sightseeing boats are in service and afford breathtaking sights from a vantage point in the ocean.
Unosu Dangai (Cormorant Nesting Cliff) (Tanohata Village)
This cliff was given its name for the nests made halfway up its face by cormorants. The manner in which 5 columns of 200-meter-high cliffs are laid out evokes an image of a giant Japanese folding screen.
Moshi Coast (Iwaizumi Town)
Ammonites and other fossil seashells dating back 100 million years have been discovered here in large numbers. In 1978, Japan's first-ever fossil find, corresponding to a large herbivorous dinosaur species, was discovered along this coast. Named after this region, the fossil is referred to as "Moshisaurus."
Kuma-no-Hana (Iwaizumi Town)
Kuma-no-Hana is a peninsula jutting out into the sea around the southern section of the Omoto Coast and was given its name due to its resemblance to the face and snout of a bear.
Jodogahama (Miyako City)
Named when a Buddhist priest by the name of Reikyo likened this area to Gokuraku-Jodo (Western Paradise), Jodogahama is a magnificent coast defined by an exceptional contrast among the sharp, white rocks, green pines, and the deep blue sea in the area. It is a place of scenic beauty considered to be a signature element of Rikuchukaigan National Park. Many visitors arrive in the summer to go swimming in the ocean.
Shiofukiana (Miyako City)
A shiofukiana (a crevice created as a result of wave erosion) is a unique formation that causes large incoming waves to be forced out through a crevice from below and into the air with a tremendous roar. This particular shiofukiana is among the country's foremost examples of this phenomenon in terms of sheer size, such that geyser-like sprays will sometimes reach as high as 30 meters above the surface of the rock.
Sanno-iwa (Miyako City)
Sanno-iwa is the collective name given to a formation of three rocks—Otokoiwa, Onnaiwa, and Taikoiwa—that were created by the repetitive actions of waves and wind over the course of 100 million years. The rock face is streaked with horizontal stripes comprising chalky sandstone and conglomerate strata.
Shijuyasaka (Yamada Town)
Shijuhassaka ("forty-eight hills") was named for the fact that this area, which had in the past been considered a dangerous spot for travelers, features numerous winding slopes in succession. A national highway now passes through this location, which can be seen from a nearby observatory.
Akahira-Kongo (Yamada Town)
Akahira-Kongo is a large promontory that was created when a section halfway up Mt. Karoga-dake (504.2 meters above sea level) on the Funakoshi Peninsula suddenly broke off and crashed into the sea. One of the most notable attributes of this formation is its extensive reddish-brown rock face.
Goishi Coast (Ofunato City)
The Goishi Coast is a scenic location that is representative of the best of what the southern section of Rikuchukaigan National Park has to offer. A walking trail has been built here that leads to a number of places of interest: the Ranboya channel, a cliff known as Kaminari-iwa, the Chiyoshima early-summer breeding ground for black-tailed gulls, and the Goishi Promontory with its famous lighthouse. Anatoshiiso, an oddly shaped rock formation in the sea, features three openings through which small pleasure crafts (known as sappa-bune boats) can pass.
Hakozaki Peninsula, Ozaki Peninsula (Kamaishi City)
Walking trails have been built on these peninsulas that jut out into the Pacific Ocean to allow visitors to explore northern and southern species of coastal vegetation growing at this location as a result of the influence of the passing Kurile Current and Kuroshio Current.
Takatamatsubara (Rikuzentakata City)
A sandy beach and a black pine windbreak forest occupy a two-kilometer stretch of coast in the Takatamatsubara area. During the summer months, Takatamatsubara is transformed into one of the finest swimming beaches in Iwate Prefecture.
Hirota Peninsula (Rikuzentakata City)
Year-round accessible walking trails have been built along the coast of the Hirota Peninsula to give visitors an opportunity to explore dogtooth violets in the spring and Hemerocallis middendorffii var. esculenta (daylilies) plants and other species of vegetation in the summer.
Namiita Coast (Otsuchi Town)
Young people having fun surfing in the ocean can be seen along the Namiita Coast. Horaijima, an islet based on the old television show Hyokkori Hyotan-jima ("Madcap Island"), floats in Otsuchi Bay.
Karakuwa Peninsula (Kesennuma City)
A cliff known as Ogama-Hanzo is the site of Ore-iwa, a distinctive rock, and rock funnel formations that act as waterspouts.
Kesennuma Oshima Island (Kesennuma City)
Koda-no-Hama, selected one of the best beach 100 in Japan, and Kugunari Beach, where "musical" sand can be found, are situated on Kesennuma Oshima Island. The vicinity of Omaemi Island has been designated a Marine Park. The entire island of Kesennuma Oshima is surrounded by ocean water that is almost completely transparent.