We start off by first introducing scenic spots located along Iwate Prefecture’s coastline, which includes the city of Kamaishi, one of the venues for the World Cup in 2019.
Iwate’s coastline, called the Rikuchu Coast, faces the Pacific Ocean and has numerous places that will take your breath away, including Jodogahama Beach and the Kitayamazaki Cliffs.
One great way to leisurely enjoy the stunning scenery is to rent a car and drive along the coastline as your skin feels the gentle sea breeze.
Jodogahama Beach is one must-see spot along the Rikuchu Coast. You’ll be dazzled by the striking contrast of the steep, gray-colored cliffs, the blue-green ocean, and white seafoam!
In Buddhism, Jodo means “Pure Land." It’s been said that when a high ranking Buddhist monk first saw the beach, he likened its beauty to that of the Pure Land or Paradise. From that moment on, this memorable landscape came to be called Jodogahama.
At Jodogahama Beach, there’s a popular forty-minute cruise that will allow you to get a close-up view of the bay area aboard a pleasure boat.
If you purchase some black-tailed gull bread (100 yen) while onboard, you can feed the gulls as they hover around. As the birds will quickly come to the boat, it’s easy to get carried away with them. Feed the gulls in moderation so you can also catch the gorgeous coastal scenery.
Jodogahama is about one hour away from Kamaishi City by car.
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