Plan ID
: 32045

【Iwate・Rikuzen】Reflecting on recovery: Guided tsunami memorial visit

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  • Beginners welcome - First try
  • Empty-hands OK
  • Meal included
  • Operate rain or shine
  • Children welcome
  • Possible number of bookings
  • Participating age
    5Age ~ 90 Age
  • Duration
    1~2 hours
Plan description

Tour Highlights:
✔ Visit the newly opened Iwate Tsunami Memorial Museum with a local guide
✔ Learn how the people of Rikuzentakata have faced and overcome past natural disaster, and how they look to the future
✔ Visit the “Miracle Pine” (Kiseki-no-ippon-matsu), a symbol of resilience and hope for the region
✔ Place an offering of flowers on the memorial to honour those who lost their lives on March 11, 2011

On March 3, 2011, a magnitude 9 earthquake and devastating tsunami hit the coast of North-Eastern Japan, taking with it entire cities and communities. The coastal town of Rikuzentakata in Iwate Prefecture was one of the most heavily affected areas, with the entire town centre destroyed by the waves and thousands of lives lost.

In 2019, a new memorial museum was opened in Rikuzentakata to function both as an educational centre to spread the message of disaster prevention to future generations, as well as a provide a spiritual space to honor the memory of all those whose lives were lost or whose lives were changed forever.

On this tour, you will have the opportunity to hear first-hand stories of survival and recovery from a local guide as you tour the memorial museum.

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    Detailed information of this plan

    Required minimum number of participants 2 Person(s)
    Possible number of bookings 2~8
    About duration
    1~2 hours
    1.5 hours
    Operating period All-year-round
    Assembly time 10:00
    Booking deadline until 11:59 3 days before

    Changing room Toilet
    Shower Parking

    Dress code - Must bring items 特にありませんが、冬場などは暖かい服装でご参加ください。

    Time schedule

    Meet at the stained-glass windows of Sendai Sta.

    Meet at the stained-glass windows of Sendai Sta. 12:30 Visit'Date no Komichi' local produce and souvenir area of Sendai Station to sample some local Japanese sake!

    Visit'Sendai's Kitchen', Sendai Morning Market.

    Visit'Sendai's Kitchen', Sendai Morning Market. This market is always buzzing with local shoppers and restaurant owners searching for the freshest local produce from the many fish-mongers, vegetable and fruit stands and specialty stores.

    Taiyaki store (fish shaped sweet pancake)

    Taiyaki store (fish shaped sweet pancake) You can enjoy Taiyaki across Japan, but Sendai's'Taikichi' store is famous for its unique filling flavours, including some Sendai-limited flavours like'Zunda-mochi' or even beef-tongue curry!


    Visit'Mitaki Fudoson', a temple hidden within the busy shopping arcade. Hear the story of'Sendai Shiro' and make a prayer for good fortune!

    Drop-in to Abehei Kamaboko

    Drop-in to Abehei Kamaboko Here you can try grilling your own Sasa-kama to enjoy it at its best – straight off the grill!

    Sendai's oldest department store, Fujisaki

    Sendai's oldest department store, Fujisaki After feasting your eyes on all of the tasty goods in the'Depa-chika' basement, discover another mysterious shrine in an unexpected location…

    Take a walk around Sendai Backstreet

    Take a walk around Sendai Backstreet Soak-up the retro vibes of the various hole-in-the-wall bars, restaurants and shops and take some notes for your dinner later!


    And it's off to follow the footsteps of Date Masamune himself by jumping aboard Sendai's'Loople' sight-seeing bus.


    At the beautiful'Zuihoden', mausoleum of Date Masamune and several generations of the Date family. Enjoy the scenic location and decorative architecture. (Leave on the 14:55 bus)

    Ruins of Aoba Castle

    Ruins of Aoba Castle Enjoy panaromic views over Sendai City.Indulge in Date's favorite snack – Zunda (sweet Edamame bean paste) – in either a unique shake or on top of mochi rice-cake! (Leave on 15:42 bus)

    Osaki Hachimangu

    Osaki Hachimangu Walk through the shrine grounds to the main hall, a designated national treasure, to enjoy the intricate Momoyama style architecture. Make a prayer and receive your fortune! (Leave on final bus 16:43)

    Arrive back to Sendai Station. End of tour.

    Arrive back to Sendai Station. End of tour.

    Access - Map

    Takadamatsubara Tsunami Memorial Park, 180 Aza dotekage, kesenncho, Rikuzentakata City, Iwate
    Assembly point

    Iwate Tsunami Memorial Museum

    If you arrive by car

    About 2 hours from Morioka IC on Tohoku Road via National Route 46, 396, 283, 107, 340

    If you arrive by train

    From Ichinoseki : From JR Ichinoseki Station to JR Kesennuma Station by JR Ofunato Line, about 1 hour and 20 minutes

    If you arrive by other means of transportation

    From Airport : From JR Hanamaki Airport to JR Ichinoseki Station for JR Tohoku Main Line Ichinoseki, about 1 hour

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