Minamisanriku is a town living with the ocean in Sanriku. The local fishing port unloads fresh seafood. Unfortunately, a large tsunami struck this coastal region in the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. We'll present Minamisanriku in this article, where you can learn about the beauty and strength of the ocean.

About Minamisanriku, Sanriku

Minamisanriku is located in the northeastern part of Miyagi Prefecture. The city faces Shizugawa Bay and Isatomae-wan, thriving in its fishing industry. However, because of the nature of its sawtooth shoreline, this region has been destroyed by tsunami for many years. Therefore, the city has constantly made a lot of attempts in operations to prevent and restore catastrophe. Public facilities in the city offer free Wi-Fi.

Minamisanriku Tsunami

Minamisanriku suffered a major tsunami hit in the 2011 earthquake. 620 people died and 213 people were missing. A tsunami wave with a height of 15.5m hit the town. There are images that were recorded on the day of the earthquake showing how buildings and trees were swallowed by the tsunami.

Things to do in Minamisanriku, Sanriku

Minamisanriku disaster emergency center

The Minamisanriku disaster prevention center is a ruin of earthquake in Shizugawa district of Minamisanriku. During the Great East Japan Earthquake, a 15.5m tsunami wave hit the government building with a height of 12m. Only its framework remained after the attack of the tsunami.

Spot Information

  • Spot name: Minamisanriku disaster emergency center
  • Street Address: 77 Shioiri, Shizugawa, Minamisanriku, Motoyoshi District, Miyagi
  • Access: About a 5-minute way from Shizugawa Station

Minamisanriku Sun Sun Shopping Village

The shopping village was built by a group of local shop owners who were affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake. It was established as a temporary shopping village in 2012 and became a permanent one in 2017. The shopping village is a symbol of disaster restoration. At the village, you can purchase and attempt local specialties as well.

Spot Information

  • Spot name: Minamisanriku Sun Sun Shopping Village
  • Street Address: 51 Itsukamachi, Shizugawa, Minamisanriku, Motoyoshi-gun, Miyagi
  • Access: In front of Shizugawa Station

Restaurants in Minamisanriku, Sanriku

Shokuraku Shiosai

You can enjoy the specialty of octopus dishes in Shokuraku Shiosai. A famous menu that can even be handed out is Takotsubo Ramen. Minamisanriku is also famous for its kaisen-don (seafood rice bowl) called "Kirakira-don", which means the "sparkling rice bowl" since it uses plenty of fresh local seafood. Don't forget to try this "Kirakira-don" when you come to this restaurant.

Spot Information

  • Spot name: Shokuraku Shiosai
  • Street Address: 51-1 Itsukamachi, Shizugawa, Minamisanriku, Motoyoshi-gun, Miyagi
  • Access: About a 5-minute walk from Shizugawa Station

Hotels in Minamisanriku, Sanriku

Minamisanriku Hotel Kanyo

Free Wi-Fi is available in all rooms. Shizugawa Bay is right in front of the hotel. You might admire a panoramic view of the sea from the hotel building. The view of the sea is breathtakingly spectacular especially from the open-air bath area. Hotel guests can make use of the free shuttle bus running between Sendai Station and the hotel.

Spot Information

  • Spot name: Minamisanriku Hotel Kanyo
  • Street Address: 99-17 Kurosaki, Minamisanriku-cho, Motoyoshi-gun, Miyagi
  • Access: About 2 hours by shuttle bus from Sendai Station. It is also possible to ride on the bus at Rikuzentokura Station

Access to Minamisanriku, Sanriku

The simplest way is to ride on an expressway bus to go to Minamisanriku. There are six expressway buses operating daily  going from Sendai Station to Minamisanriku. The stops in the town are Shitsugawa Station (BRT) and Utatsu-Masuzawa. It takes about 1 hour and 40 minutes.

You can also take trains and route buses or drive to reach Sanriku.