Forests of Minamisanriku

Forests of Minamisanriku

Forests of Minamisanriku Fog and winds from the sea and their wealth of minerals produce strong and healthy trees. ; “Fog and winds from the sea and their wealth of minerals produce strong and healthy trees.” Minamisanriku is also known as a “forestry...
“Satoyama” of Iriya Mountainside

“Satoyama” of Iriya Mountainside

“Satoyama” of Iriya Mountainside Traditional Japanese green landscape in the world of Zen. ; “Traditional Japanese green landscape in the world of Zen.” Just five minutes drive from the coastal town of Minamisanriku and you will find yourself amidst a...
Tomarizaki

Tomarizaki

Tomarizaki "A former guard house and 'god of marine safety'." ; “A former guard house and ‘god of marine safety’.” There are harbors and beaches named “Tomari” throughout Japan. Tomari means a wharf, i.e., a good natural harbor. The...
Obandaira

Obandaira

Obandaira A national forest overlooking the ria coast ; “A national forest overlooking the ria coast.” Minamisanriku contacts all adjacent municipalities along mountain ridges. If you look up the mountain on the Tokura Peninsula southeast of town,...
Megaliths at the foot of Mt. Shingyodo

Megaliths at the foot of Mt. Shingyodo

Megaliths at the foot of Mt. Shingyodo The stones of a divine spirit ; “The stones of a divine spirit.” In a mountainous area in the Iriya district of Minamisanriku, there are megaliths that dot the landscape, appearing as if they had come down from the...
Mt. Tatsugane

Mt. Tatsugane

Mt. Tatsugane The mountain of the “dragon god (water & sea god)” ; “The mountain of the ‘dragon god (water & sea god)’.” In spring, the seas off Minamisanriku glisten in quiet beauty. Peach, plum, and cherry trees begin to bloom one...
Cape Kamiwarisaki

Cape Kamiwarisaki

Cape Kamiwarisaki The whale and cape divided by god ; “The whale and cape divided by god.” Cape Kamiwarisaki is on the boundary between Minamisanriku and Ishinomaki. Legend says that a long time ago, people in this area fought with their neighboring...
Areshima Island

Areshima Island

Areshima Island A mystical island with a “miracle” forest ; “A mystical island with a ‘miracle’ forest.” There is a “miracle” forest in Minamisanriku. It lies in an area at the northern limit of the range of broad and glossy leaved evergreen...