5 Vacations to Help Rebuild Japan’s Disaster Hit Tohoku Region

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Following the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami that ripped apart Japan’s northern Tohoku region, many of the area’s cities faced double devastation, as their tourism industry was heavily affected.

Now—nine years after the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami—the areas have shown an unbelievable level of resilience and in terms of tourism, plenty of the areas are back in action.

From snow-capped mountains to scenic coastlines, there are so many adventures to be had here.

The 2019 Rugby World Cup helped breathe new life into Iwate Prefecture, for example, when two games were hosted in Kamaishi City. People from across the globe filled the Kamaishi Unosumai Memorial Stadium with laughter and joy, putting their hard-earned yen towards revitalizing the city.

Photo: Randiah Camille Green
A Rugby World Cup volunteer explains tsunami rescue efforts at the Kamaishi Tsunami Memorial Hall.

This is the kind of continued tourism and exposure these areas need. Vacationing in one of the affected prefectures is the best way to contribute to its rejuvenation. From snow-capped mountains to scenic coastlines, there are so many adventures to be had here.

Use this list as a guide to plan your next vacation to Tohoku with the comfort in knowing your money is helping the disaster-affected region get back on its feet. The following areas are best accessible by car, however public transport is still a rather viable option.

1. Sanriku Coast

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Along the coast in Iwate.

The Sanriku Coast is a stunning untamed rocky coastline, a sprawling shore that stretches over 200 kilometers across Tohoku. Touching Aomori, Iwate, and Miyagi prefectures facing out onto the Pacific Coast, its natural beauty is impressive in photos but amplified so …continue reading