Kamaishi in Sanriku, Japan: A town that has raised its diverse culture after the tsunami

In Sanriku, Kamaishi has flourished both in the steel industry and in fishing. Kamaishi has lots of local specialties and destinations for tourists. In this article we're going to present Kamaishi's varied culture.

About Kamaishi, Sanriku

Kamaishi is situated in Iwate Prefecture's southeastern portion. Kamaishi has flourished as a steel industry city -it is the birthplace of contemporary steel and iron industries. In this steelworks, a rugby corporate team was also set up ; therefore, Kamaishi is also renowned as a rugby town.

While at Kamaishi Port on the shoreline an abundance of seafood goods is unloaded, Kamaishi has suffered from the tsunami for many years.

Kamaishi Tsunami

Kamaishi suffered tsunami damage in the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. Although the Kamaishi Bay had the world's largest breakwater, the tsunami was so powerful that it destroyed a part of the breakwater.

The local government, on the other side, was very supportive of disaster prevention education. Immediately after the earthquake, junior high school students in the town were evacuated to elevated ground. According to their actions, neighboring primary school learners and residents also took shelter. We now call it "Kamaishi's miracle" to celebrate this event in which, thanks to fast evacuation, many lives had been saved.

What to do in Kamaishi, Sanriku

Kamaishi Unosumai Memorial Stadium

Following the earthquake, a stadium was built as part of the reconstruction scheme. The stadium will be the venue for the 2019 World Cup of Rugby. There will be numerous occurrences after the World Cup, particularly sporting contests.

Spot Information

  • Spot name: Kamaishi Unosumai Memorial Stadium
  • Street Address: Dai 18 Chiwari-5-1, Unosumaicho, Kamaishi, Iwate
  • Access: About a 15-minute ride on a shuttle bus departing from Kamaishi Station

Kamaishi Daikannon

Kamaishi Daikannon is a 48.5m-high "Daibutsu" or gigantic Buddha. Kamaishi Daikannon, with a fish in hand, is a rare Kannon. The statue's chest is an observatory where Kamaishi Bay can be overlooked. You may be praying here for a secure ocean trip or nice test outcomes.

Spot Information

  • Spot name: Kamaishi Daikannon
  • Street Address: 3-9-1 Odairacho, Kamaishi, Iwate
  • Access: Take a bus at Kamaishi Station and get off at "Kannon Iriguchi". About a 10-minute walk from the bus stop

Restaurants in Kamaishi, Sanriku

Shinkaen Honten

Kamaishi is home to a local gourmet called Kamaishi Ramen. It is said that Shinkaen Honten is Kamaishi Ramen's birthplace. Kamaishi Ramen features good curly noodles and light amber-colored soup based on soysauce. The ramen is chewy and the soup matches perfectly.

Spot Information

  • Spot name: Shinkaen Honten
  • Street Address: 2-1-20 Omachi, Kamaishi, Iwate
  • Access: a 10-minute walk from Kamaishi Station

Hotels in Kamaishi, Sanriku

Hotel Folkloro Sanrikukamaishi

The Kamaishi Line, which crosses Kamaishi, is the stage for Kenji Miyazawa's fictional tale "Night on the Galactic Railroad." The hotel has theme rooms or "Concept Room" that replicate the SL Ginga train world. In these guest rooms, the retro location from Showa to Taisho era where the author resided is on display. All rooms have free Wi-Fi.

Spot Information

  • Spot name: Hotel Folkloro Sanrikukamaishi
  • Street Address: 22-4 Suzukocho, Kamaishi, Iwate
  • Access: In front of Kamaishi Station

Access from Tokyo to Kamaishi, Sanriku

  • By train from Tokyo: take the Tohoku Shinkansen at Tokyo Station heading to Shinhanamaki Station. Transfer to the Kamaishi Line at Shinhanamaki Station and get off at Kamaishi Station.
  • By plane: head for Iwate Hanamaki Airport by plane. Take a taxi to go to Shinhanamaki Station at the airport. Take the Kamaishi Line at Shinhanamaki Station and get off at Kamaishi Station.