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Michinoku Coastal Trail self-guided walking 6 days

Michinoku Coastal Trail self-guided walking 6 days

Opened in 2019, the Michinoku Coastal Trail was created as a joint effort by local governments to help the area rebuild after the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Stretching over 1,000 km along the coastline of four prefectures, the Michinoku Coastal Trail offers some of the most beautiful and breathtaking views.

Our Michinoku Coastal Trail self-guided 6-day walking tour curates the best portions of the northern section of the trail. Walk with confidence, guided by our detailed maps and turn-by-turn walking directions, and supported by our Kyōto office.

Your walk begins in the town of Hachinohe and then heads south along the coast, alternating between sandy beaches, cosy hamlets, and forested trails. Coming into view often is the Pacific Ocean, dotted with stunning rock formations, sweeping cliffs, and gorgeous beaches. Just a sampling of the places you’ll visit includes Kabushima Shrine, known as a breeding ground for thousands of black-tailed gulls; Samuraiishi or ‘Samurai Rock’, which gives you an impressive, panoramic view of the Sanriku coast; and Jōdogahama Beach, whose beauty has earned it a name that translates to ‘paradise’.

You’ll also get to see the unique way of life, centred around fishing and the sea. This vibrant community has rebuilt in the wake of tragedy and continues to work to preserve and revitalize its traditional way of life. One of your nights will be in Fudai Village, which has an impressive story of survival during the earthquake and tsunami. You’ll stay in a mix of family-owned traditional guesthouses and city hotels, with ample opportunities to try the local flavour, which boasts some of the freshest seafood – particularly sea urchin.

Your journey will end with sightseeing in Morioka, the capital city of Iwate Prefecture, before continuing your Japan trip or returning home.

Overview

Tour StartsTour EndsPrice
Twin ShareSingle
Michinoku Coastal Trail self-guided walking 6 days
Tour StartsHachinohe City Tour EndsMorioka City Twin ShareAUD2,340 SingleAUD2,965

Duration :

5 Nights 6 Days

Visit :

Hachinohe - Nakano - Kuji - Fudai - Kurosaki - Sakiytama - Morioka

Includes :

5 nights at accommodations along the Michinoku Coastal Trail, 5 breakfasts and 3 dinners, Detailed day-by-day itinerary and walking directions, Topographical maps, Local support by telephone, Daily luggage transfer between Hachinohe and Miyako, Our Preparing for Your Trip and Travelling in Japan guidebooks

Exclusions :

Flights, Airport transfers, Drinks and meals not included in itinerary, Local journeys which must be paid directly on the day, Single room supplement(s) for solo occupancy, Transportation to your starting point in Hachinohe and onwards from Morioka City at the end of your trip

Departure Dates

Recommended from April to November

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Schedule

Day 1 (Meals : N/A)
Arrive in Hachinohe
Today, you make your way to Hachinohe in Aomori Prefecture to begin your tour.

You have time today to explore Hachinohe, a quaint city with a charming rustic feel to it. Stay tonight in a centrally located hotel.

Hotel : Western-style hotel in Hachinohe
Day 2 (Meals : B)
Visit Kabushima Shrine and walk to the Tanesashi Coast
Walking distance : 9.5km
Elevation gain : 107m of ascent and 90m of descent
Time required : About 3.5-4 hours
After enjoying your breakfast, you start your walk for the day, arriving soon to Kabushima Shrine. This shrine is well known for its abundance of black-tailed gulls, which are most active from spring through the end of summer.

Continue from Kabushima Shrine for the coastal walk that will take you to the Tanesashi Coast, welcoming you with views of the wild and rugged coastline. Keep an eye out for the beautiful colours dotting the grass along the coast – the alpine flora is a treat to witness.

Overnight in a charming town near the coast.

Hotel : Minshuku (family-run guesthouse) or Japanese-style hotel
Day 3 (Meals : B)
Walk from Nakano to Mugyo in Kuji
Walking distance : 9.2km
Elevation gain : 395m of ascent and 315m of descent
Time required : About 4 hours
Start today’s walk at the trailhead, leading you through forested areas along the sea. The views over the dramatic coastline are breathtaking. The trail is signposted in both Japanese and English, and the walk will take around 4 or 5 hours for most hikers.

Samurai Rock, a large rock slab on the coast of the village Samuraihama, provides incredible sea views and an interesting history. It is said that a samurai, the master of the Nambu Clan, took a rest upon travelling through here during the Edo period. During today’s walk, you will also come upon a unique swimming pool – the hollowed-out rock creates a saltwater pool where locals enjoy a swim as they look out into the sea.

After finishing today’s walk you will stay overnight at a hotel in the city of Kuji.

Hotel : Western-style hotel
Day 4 (Meals : B/D)
Explore Fudai and walk to Kurosaki
Walking distance : 1.9km
Elevation gain : 191m of ascent and 56m of descent
Time required : About 1 hours
This morning, you will travel to the village of Fudai and explore the charming community. This small, unassuming countryside town remained largely untouched during the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that impacted the region thanks to Mayor Kotoku Wamura, who led a project to construct a large floodgate in the 70s and 80s. While the decision was condemned as a waste of public funds at the time, Fudai experienced just one casualty during the 2011 disaster. Take your time exploring this welcoming village and peruse the local shops as you meet members of the community.

After spending time in the village, enjoy today’s hike along the enchanting coastline.

Please let us know if you would like us to arrange a private viewing of the traditional kagura dance unique to the region.

Overnight in at a cosy minshuku or Japanese-style hotel in Fudai.

If you would like to include the optional walk on this day, the full hike is about 3 hours (6.4km).

Hotel : Minshuku (family-run guesthouse) or Japanese-style hotel
Day 5 (Meals : B/D)
Walk from Sakiyama to Jodogahama
Cycling distance : 13.3km
Elevation gain : 581m of ascent and 630m of descent
Time required : About 5 hours
Your final walk will take you to Jōdogahama, weaving through the beautiful mixed forests along the striking coastline, taking in views of jagged cliffs, tranquil bays, and small hamlets along the way.

As you approach Jōdogahama, the clear emerald colour of the water becomes even more distinct. Soak up the contrasting colours of the landscape; aptly known as 'Pure Land Beach’, the scenery is unforgettable.

Overnight at a Japanese-style hotel this evening.

We also offer a shorter alternative of about 2 hours (5.3km) incorporating a bus ride into your day.

Hotel : Japanese-style hotel
Day 6 (Meals : B)
Travel to Morioka City and onwards to your next destination
This morning you will travel to Morioka City, an ideal spot to transfer onward to your homebound destination.

Morioka City is the capital of Iwate Prefecture, known for its natural splendours. Iwate Park provides beautiful views of the city and is an ideal spot for viewing both the vibrant autumn colours and the soft pinks of spring.

There is an array of fun and interesting sights to explore in Morioka City, and we will be happy to share a few of our suggestions with you to make the most of your time before heading onward.

Hotel : N/A

Condition

Tour Operator :
Oxalis Holidays Limited
Participants :
Minimum 1
Hotels :
5 nights at accommodations along the Michinoku Coastal Trail
Meals :
5 Breakfasts, 3 Dinners
Level of walking :
Intermediate - Our intermediate tours generally have multiple dedicated days of trail walking, with some days of up to six hours or more and significant ascent and/or descent.
Walking Season :
Recommended from April until October
Departures :
Any day Accommodations are busy and may charge extra during the following Japanese holiday periods: Golden Week (29 April - 05 May), and O-bon (09 - 17 August). Please enquire for availability and pricing if your trip falls within those dates.
International Flight :
We offer the option of purchasing air inclusive tour packages, or land only tour packages, giving our customers the freedom to source their own flights. However, we are always more than happy to arrange your flights.
Note :
Please note that this tour heavily features seafood due to the culture and cuisine of the region. As a result, we may be unable to accommodate diets that exclude fish and seafood.

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