A long-distance trail spanning four prefectures and 28 municipalities
【Aomori Pref.】Hachinohe City, Hashikami Town 【Iwate Pref.】Hirono Town, Kuji City,
Noda Village, Fudai Village, Tanohata Village, Iwaizumi Town, Miyako City, Yamada Town, Otsuchi Town,
Kamaishi City, Ofunato City, Rikuzentakata City 【Miyagi Pref.】Kesennuma City, Minamisanriku Town,
Onagawa Town, Ishinomaki City, Higashimatsushima City, Shiogama City, Tagajo City, Sendai City, Natori City, Iwanuma City, Watari Town, Yamamoto Town 【Fukushima Pref.】Shinchi Town, Soma City

the Michinoku Coastal Trail

Trail Center and Satellite
Facility Information

Natori Trail Center, in cooperation with five satellite facilities located along the trail,
collects and provides information about route conditions, information on facilities including lodging,
eating and drinking facilities, and restrooms, as well as event information.
We provide hikers with various kinds of support to enjoy the trail comfortably.

Coastal Trail Charter

On March 11th, 2011, the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami wrought unprecedented damage to Tohoku’s Pacific coast. It was a major turning point: faced with the fury of nature in a disaster said to happen at this scale once in a thousand years, many people in Japan and throughout the world were forced to consider how we should relate to nature.

After this disaster, the Ministry of the Environment started the “Green Reconstruction Project,” a set of initiatives working for sustainable community planning as well as the preservation of abundant nature and local ways of life for the future. One such initiative is the Michinoku Coastal Trail.

Mr. Noriyoshi Kato, an advocate for walking through natural places when considering how humans and nature should relate to each other, proposed a “national trail leading through the Sanriku Coast national parks, a team effort between government and the people.” Thus this long coastal trail was born, forming a single path along the Pacific coast from Hachinohe, Aomori Prefecture to Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, and passing through four prefectures and twenty-eight cities, towns and villages.

We hope this natural trail will live on proudly on as a symbol of coexistence of people and nature for the people involved in the trail, that it will provide not only natural beauty and scenery but interactions between people who live in a place and people visiting that place, and that it will value the blessings of nature, the memories of disaster, and ways of life, histories, and cultures formed from harmony with nature. With this hope, we declare the following six rules of our charter.

  1. The trail will be for enjoying beautiful sights and natural features.
  2. The trail will bring about connections between people who live in a place and those who visit that place.
  3. The trail will leave lifelong memories of nature’s kindness and harshness.
  4. The trail will forever testify the memories of disaster.
  5. The trail will pass on rich nature and cultures to future generations.
  6. The trail will welcome all who love to walk and will develop with everyone’s help.

How to Enjoy
the Michinoku Coastal Trail

The Michinoku Coastal Trail is a long distance trail stretching over 1000 kilometers and covering four prefectures and 28 municipalities from Hachinohe in Aomori Prefecture to Soma in Fukushima Prefecture. It was created through the cooperation of the Ministry of the Environment, local governments, private groups and residents. This national trail aims for coexistence between people and nature, furthered awareness of environmental issues, and passing on the memories of the 3.11 earthquake and tsunami through walking culture.

Enjoying the Trail Safely

Enjoying the Trail Safely

Staying safe while walking the trail is your responsibility. Before you hike, be sure to get official maps, check information on the Ministry of the Environment’s trail home page, at Natori Trail Center or a satellite facility, and make a hiking plan. Some trail sections have no public transportation and are closer to mountain climbing, so you will also need to research what equipment you need.

The Route and Map

The Route and Map

Check the trail route with official maps from the Ministry of the Environment and on the Ministry of the Environment’s trail home page. Official maps are available at Natori Trail Center and satellite facilities, and can also be ordered via post. See the Ministry of the Environment’s trail website( or ask at Natori Trail Center for details.

How to Access
the Michinoku Coastal Trail