Miyako in Sanriku has been recognized as the largest Geopark in Japan. Miyako is a charming destination where you can experience ancient nature. In this article, we will introduce Miyako where lies the pristine beauty of nature.
About Miyako, Sanriku
Miyako is a northeastern city of Japan, which is the home to Cape Todo - the easternmost point of Honshu island. This city is also famous for the rare sawtooth coastline in the world. Its complex terrain is suitable for harbor and fishing activities. However, it is due to this terrestrial complexion that has repeatedly led to tsunami disasters to Miyako. Therefore, the local government has been running a lot of memorial events to help pass down stories of disaster survivors to the next generations.
Things to do in Miyako, Sanriku
Jodogahama beach is a scenic spot that represents Miyako. There are rows of adjoining sharp white volcanic rocks in a color-contrasted combination with the aqua blue sea, making a spectacular view. There is also a tour boat operating at Jodogahama beach. From the boat, you can see a rod-shaped giant rock “candle rock” with a height of 40 m and “Spouting hole” where sea water blows up when waves hit it. You may also enjoying feeding the black-tailed gulls on the ship.
- Spot name: Jodogahama beach
- Street Address: 32 Hitachihamacho, Miyako, Iwate 027-0001
- 10 minutes by car from Miyako Station. 10~15-minute walk from 1st to 3rd parking lot.
- 20 minutes by bus from Miyako Station. Get off at "Oku Jodogahama" bus stop.
Taro Kanko Hotel
This hotel was damaged by the tsunami in the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011 and now is preserved as earthquake ruins. Inside the hotel, you can watch the documentary videos of the tsunami that took place on the disaster day. Note that if you want to join the hotel tour, it is necessary to participate in "Disaster Prevention Tour Guide" (学ぶ防災ガイド) held by the Miyako Tourism Cultural Exchange Association.
- Spot name: Taro Kanko Hotel
- Street Address: 80 Taronohara, Miyako, Iwate 027-0323
- Access: Take the Sanriku Railway Kita-Rias line from Miyako Station and get off at Taro Station. It takes approximately a 20-minute walk from Taro Station.
Restaurants in Miyako, Sanriku
Miyako is well-known for milk bottles stuffed with sea urchin. At this restaurant, you can eat "BIN DON", a milk bottle in which fresh seafood such as sea urchin and salmon roe are stuffed. You should try this kind of bottle-stuffed seafood with a bowl of rice, they are a good match. Customizing your own favorite kaisen-don (seafood rice bowl) is also a very popular tourist activity.
- Spot name: Gyosaitei Sumiyoshi
- Street Address: 2-10 Sakaecho, Miyako, Iwate 027-0076
- Access: 30-second walk from Miyako Station
Hotels in Miyako, Sanriku
The Park Hotel Jodogahama
This hotel is located on a hill with a view down Jodogahama Beach. You can overlook magnificent scenery such as Miyako Bay and Japanese pine from the guest room. There is also a large public bath surrounded with red pine forest inside the hotel. You can admire the pines while taking a bath.
- Spot name: The Park Hotel Jodogahama
- Street Address: 32-4 Hitachihamacho, Miyako, Iwate 027-0001
- Access: About 15 minutes by bus from Miyako Station to the hotel. If you make a reservation in advance, you can take a free shuttle bus from Miyako station to the hotel.
Access to Miyako, Sanriku
Going from Tokyo
Take the Tohoku Shinkansen from Tokyo Station to Morioka Station. Change to JR Yamada Line at Morioka Station and get off at Miyako Station.
Going from Sapporo, Nagoya, Osaka, Fukuoka
Head to Iwate Hanamaki Airport by plane. Take a bus to Morioka Station from the aiport. At Morioka Station, take JR Yamada Line and get off at Miyako Station.