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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Japan National Parks: Sanriku Fukkō National Park

We’ve finished looking at the six Kantō area National Parks of Japan, so over the next few days, lets take a look at the three (3) National Parks of the Tōhoku area: Towada-Hachimantai National Park; Sanriku Fukkō National Park, and the Bandai-Asahi National Park.

The first thing you may want to learn, is where the heck the Tōhoku area is! See the map below, noting that it’s the dark green area., which comprises 66,889.55 square kilometers (25,826.20 square miles).

What is a national park in Japan? See HERE.

The key for me, is that it has beauty that surpasses “normal, average” parks.

And, when it comes to Sanriku Fukkō National Park (三陸復興国立公園, Sanriku Fukkō Kokuritsu Kōen)—which translates to Sanriku Reconstruction National Park—it’s like a slice of heaven.

Hopefully you looked at the name of the park and noticed it had the word (in the English version, if you are like me) denoting “reconstruction”.

The Sanriku Fukkō National Park was only established on May 24, 2013… after the devastating March 11, 2011 9.0 magnitude earthquake caused massive walls of water to damn near wipe out much of that Tōhoku area… with death and destruction, physical and mental anguish that continues to this day.

Right now, the Sanriku Fukkō National Park consists of the former Rikuchū Kaigan National Park and Tanesashi Kaigan Hashikamidake Prefectural Natural Park, with further plans to add in the  Kesennuma Prefectural Natural Park, Kenjōsan Mangokuura Prefectural Natural Park, Matsushima Prefectural Natural Park and the Minami Sanriku Kinkasan Quasi-National Park.
Tanesashi Coast (種差海岸) - 2004 by Forrest O. Or, the world's worst water hazard in Golf For Giants.
The current national park goes along the Sanriku Coast of Japan from Hachinohe in Aomori-ken (Aomori Prefecture) through Iwate-ken (Iwate Prefecture) to Kesennuma in Miyagi-ken (Miyagi Prefecture), totaling 146.35 square kilometers (~56.51 square miles) in area.

Let’s see... if we add in the other would-be parks to the Sanriku Fukkō National Park area, we get: 146.35 + 139.02 + 54.1 + 99.33 + 210.79 = 649.59 square kilometers (~250.81 square miles)… which is a heck of a lot.

One of the more spectacular vantage points of the park is the view of Jyoudogahama. The image at  the very top was taken in 2007 - before the destruction of the area. It’s near Miyako-shi, Iwate-ken

The Jyoudogahama is officially nationally designated as a Place of Scenic Beauty, as its white sandy beaches were said by an early 1600s priest to be like paradise mentioned in the Buddhist scriptures.

Andrew Joseph

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