Jodogahama Beach
Jodogahama Beach
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TheJackeh
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada31 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Worth visiting if you have a vehicle and will come across the area. The beach has many smooth pebbles and shells. The highlight is this beach area with the rock formations. You can circle around the beach since there is a paved seawall, but I don't think the view would improve with a walk - might be more fun to pick through sea shells. In the off-season (not summer), you should be able to drive all the way down to the beach, which is what I did. There are a few parking lots on the descent towards the beach which would entail walking an extra few hundred meters to a kilometre.
Really clean toilets close by and a small shop.
Written April 5, 2024
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Picky2traveler
53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Family
I really appreciated the English language reviews of Jodogahama Beach on Trip Advisor since all three of my guide books and the websites I found had very little information on this area and I couldn't figure out how to plan a stay on the coast. So we ended up booking three nights lodging in Tono and driving to Miyako and Jodogahama Beach for the day. And we did have a fabulous day swimming, building towers out of rocks from the beach, taking a short boat ride to the blue cave, hiking to the overlooks, and waiting out a few thunderstorms in the museum and then the (decent) restaurant at the beach. It was Marine Day national holiday and the place was full of families having a day at the ocean. Very fun. It was hard to leave at 5 PM and In retrospect I wished we had splurged on 1 night at the Jodogahama Park Hotel, which has an incredible location perched on the cliffs above the Beach and is tastefully nestled into the forest. Or I would have planned 2 or 3 days of walking on the brand new Michinoku Coastal Trail, which runs north from Miyako to Hachinohe through the Sanriku-Fukko National Park. Fro. What we can tell, this is a new national park created after the tsunami from pieces of the Rikuchu national park, and used to help the area redevelop with new tourism identity and infrastructure such as the coastal trail. Not all sections of the trail are built yet but as of this writing there are 200 km ready for hikers. This is a gorgeous and undiscovered area of Japan, at least as of 2017.
Written July 17, 2017
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tRust_7
Singapore, Singapore78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Friends
I have been to Jodogahama more than 5 times. We used to be able to drive all the way down near the beach when the tsunami reconstruction was going on. Now, we have to park the car at the visitor centre and take a stroll (by the museum) or skip. The stroll along the beach took around 15mins slow walk. Alternatively there is a public bus to go all the way down to the beach. Now, you are advised not to feed the sea gull. They used to be very enthusiastic when you have a pack of chips. Swim is possible in summer. I tried the restaurant once. Typical japanese menu. But they have a special curry rice in the shape of the beach, which is interesting. Worth a visit and learn about the tsunami.
Written September 18, 2019
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20x30
Luzon, Philippines124 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
The museum at the visitor center is great.

The bus back to the Miyako train station stops at the Visitor Center every hour. It also passes by Jodogohama Beam but not as often. The friendly guides near the Miyako station or at the beach shop can tell you the schedule.
Written April 27, 2019
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Belgonzo
Los Angeles, CA69 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Family
Jodogohama is an absolutely stunning location, with clear water, and a marvelous inlet framed by freestanding small rocky islands. It is the kind of coastline worth a long drive to see, and is emblematic of the beautiful coast in this part of Iwate Prefecture. Although there is a very friendly and accessible recreation center with a nice cafe, be aware that the location is not very used to foreigners. The visitor center has a nice display of the area, with a double-sided flyer in English, but most of the information is only in Japanese.

As for recreation, plan on trying either the island cruise, or the swan paddle boats- both of which are a great deal of fun. Do not plan on swimming in the ocean unless you bring swim shoes, as the shore is very rocky- with no sand. A raft or kickboard is also recommended, so you can avoid some of the more colorful sea life that lives among the rocks.
Written August 12, 2015
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WanderingW
Singapore, Singapore347 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We visited in January and were the only ones on the beach. It was lovely and peaceful and such a beautiful view.
Written February 21, 2020
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unescotravelbug
Wooster, OH4,221 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
After I read about CNN Travel’s review that suggested Jodogahama as one of 36 Japan most stunning places for the next vacation, I then checked off the listed places I had visited in the past and then decided to add Jodogahama on my 2019’s Japan journey plans. I had to work out my logistic matters since public transportation is the only way of travel for us. This time we bought JR East Tohoku Flex Pass that allows five non-consecutive days of travel within 14 days period using JR East system. We focused on Tohoku Region's Pacific Coast where 2011 tsunami affected and Hachimantai, Hakkoda National Parks. Weather was nice till one week after and typhoon-like weather began to affect our second part of the travel. We arrived at Morioka from Aomori by Shinkansen then JR rapid train (still took more than 2 hrs.) to Miyako Station. From the station we had arraigned pick-up by Park Hotel, that took another 20 min. The afternoon rain dampened our hope to see the picture-perfect views of clear blue sky and majestic formations of seacoast along with Jodogahama Beach. We stayed only one night at Jodogahama's Park Hotel, spent a gloomy afternoon at the beach. There were fewer visitors there because of weather.

Weather affected our plans, but for what it is worth, there are many reasons to appreciate nature's beauty through viewers' sensory connections and soul searching: the majestic views of Pacific Ocean's coastal line; the white pebble beach; the weather eroded volcano rocks in various formations of size and shape; roaring sounds of waves constantly splashing against the rocks; the bubbling white sea foams shoot up and recede; the unique black-tailed seagulls seeking enthusiastic visitors' attentions for foods. It's the nature's paradise at its best and given the name Jodogahama (Buddhist Western Paradise) is certainly appropriate. We missed the good weather photo opp; and our plans to take a scenic coastal cruise; riding on Sanriku Railway to visit tsunami recovery sites; all of these would have to wait till our next vacation travel.
Written September 19, 2019
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PickyBaer
Portland, OR294 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
It sounds as stupid as looking at a big ditch in the desert-- but a million people visit the Grand Canyon and never see this serene beauty. Jodogahama Beach is peace and heaven. Take the rickshaw just for the heck of it. The guy will point out the sleeping Buddha. If you have to take a nap on the sand... they will completely understand.
Written May 26, 2019
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Alissila
Cham, Switzerland642 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Friends
Take a boat ride or a hike along the trails around Jodogahama Beach. Luckily, the rocks withstood the tsunami of 2011 for the most part. Except for the city of Miyako nearby, little damage can be seen.
Written May 25, 2019
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fanny n
Indonesia113 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Friends
Clear water, stunning coast line, friendly people. It's easy to walk around here and enjoy the view. Might be a tad slippery when raining but on clear days, the view is spectacular. You can hire a boat to peek into the caves under the rock formations. We spent about 3 hours around here just leisurely walking around. Highly recommended!
Written November 28, 2018
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