The Tohoku region north-east of Tokyo may not at the top of the visitor list, but it should be. Spectacular scenery, coastal and mountain landscapes, large cities as well as very small villages, numerous places to walk and with many small and large festivals to enjoy.
Re-invigorating the tourism sector is important element of the ongoing and seemingly never ending social and economic recovery for most places affected by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
With this in mind and a JR Pass in hand I spent a couple of nights in the industrial port town of Kamaishi, in fact re-visiting having been here just 15 months ago. Here is a taste of what I got up to. Detailed posts will follow and be linked here as well.
- the focus of visiting Kamaishi was to meet up with Nodoka who recounted her lived experience of the earthquake and tsunami at Kamaishi Higashi Junior High School in Unosumai – the “Kamaishi Miracle”. See my post about this meetup here.
- exploring the bays and beaches of Otsuchi with Yoko from the Takakin Inn