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LEARN ABOUT OUR TSUNAMI STORY

LEARN ABOUT OUR TSUNAMI STORY

The story of the tsunami continues even now. Gaze on the ocean, and learn how Kesennuma has overcome its fury time and again, and come back stronger every time! The resilience can be felt in the local artwork and stories, as well the newly rebuilt shops and restaurants on this course.

About 7h

DESTINATION LIST

Course details

11:00 START

Kesennuma Station

About 12 minutes

11:12

12:12

Rias Ark Museum of Art

1. Rias Ark Museum of Art

This is a fantastic museum, situated high above the city, to take in both the distant and recent history of Kesennuma at a leisurely pace. The Rias Ark Museum gives a glimpse the origins of the deep-seeded fishing culture in this region, as well as modern works by artists, and a solemn yet invaluabl...

About 18 minutes

12:30

13:30

Ruins of the Great East Japan Earthquake Kesennuma City Memorial Museum

2. Ruins of the Great East Japan Earthquake Kesennuma City Memorial Museum

The Ruins of the Great East Japan Earthquake Kesennuma City Memorial Museum, also called “Denshoukan”, is the building of Koya high school as it still remains after withstanding the tsunami in 2011. Both the building’s exterior and interior are left as they were, and it now remains as a tangib...

About 5 minutes

13:35

13:50

Iwai-saki

3. Iwai-saki

Traveling toward the coast from the Denshoukan will take you to a grassy and rocky point looking over the bay where the tsunami funneled into the area south of Kesennuma. It’s a beautiful place to overlook the sea, but it has a deeper significance as well. You’ll find two unique monument...

About 16 minutes

14:06

15:06

Seiryou-in Temple

4. Seiryou-in Temple

Seiryou-in sits on high ground overlooking the Koizumi coastline below. Shrouded in beautiful nature, it’s the perfect place to put your mind at ease with “zazen” meditation. This was an important place during the tsunami in 2011, as it served as an evacuation zone for the residents nearby. Te...

About 21 minutes

15:27

15:57

Shark Museum

5. Shark Museum

Kesennuma has always been a prosperous fishing port of the Sanriku Coastline, blessed with fruitful bounties from the ocean. In particular, sharks are a historically famous catch in the area. Being the number one catcher of sharks in Japan, Kesennuma is of course known as well for its many dishes us...

About 2 minutes

15:59

16:59

K-port

6. K-port

This cafe was actually built by actor Ken Watanabe with the concept “connection” in mind. He wanted it to be a place of communion for the people in Kesennuma and beyond, with events and menu items to bring smiles across any border....

About 2 minutes

17:03

19:03

Mishione Yokocho

7. Mishione Yokocho

In a nook right behind the main port area, this small, friendly enclave of restaurants and bars gives you everything you need to kick off or top off your day. It has become both a popular place for a typical night out, but also a beacon of light for fisherman or truckers finishing their work in the ...


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