AreaSanriku Coast

Kesennuma-Karakuwa Olle Trail

宮城オルレ気仙沼・唐桑コース | Miyagi Olle, Kesennuma/Karakuwa Course

Experience the coastal culture of Karakuwa on this hike full of nature and history

Photo by Miyagi Prefecture

Photo by Miyagi Prefecture

Photo by Miyagi Prefecture

Photo by Miyagi Prefecture

  • Roger Smith

    Writer / Editor

    Last Update
    October 15, 2019

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  • Head to the Karakuwa peninsula for this unique hiking course that passes through both inhabited and natural areas. Karakuwa is known for its rugged coast with waves that crash against uniquely shaped rocks, including the pillar-like Oreishi. As the trail passes from coast to forest to local villages, hikers acquaint themselves with the seafaring local culture.

    The 10-km course begins at the Karakuwa Visitor Center. It passes by the 1,000 year old Osaki Shrine, which sits in the midde of a thick laurel forest. The shrine is believed to help bring good catches of fish. Nearby stands a whale monument dedicated to these creatures, considered divine messengers, and shrine records note they even helped a ship get back to shore during a storm. The trail continues by Cape Osaki and its breathtaking ocean views, and then on to the Kannokura tsunami stones, massive 150-ton rocks ripped from the seafloor and washed up here by the force of the 2011 tsunami. Other highlights include the Sasahama Fishing Harbor, a protected inlet used for fishing, the oreishi stone column rising up dramatically in the midst of the open ocean, and a variety of spring flowers including lillies and daisies. Hiking the entire course takes four to five hours and is rated moderate to difficult.

    Karakuwa is a journey through Miyagi’s wild coastal heart. Walking through this rough, jagged landscape gave me a new respect for the people who have braved dangers and made their livelihoods from the sea for centuries. Support them by trying local seafood, particularly oysters in winter and sanma (saury) in autumn.

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ADDRESS

4-3 Karakuwachō Sakihama, Kesennuma-shi, Miyagi-ken 988-0554

ACCESS BY PUBLIC TRANSIT

To the Karakuwa Visitor Center trailhead
From Kesennuma Station: A 10-minute walk followed by a 45-minute bus ride. From Kesennuma Station, walk to Kesennuma City Hall (気仙沼市役所). The Kesennuma Shiyakusho-mae (気仙沼市役所前) bus stop is just outside. From the Shiyakusho-mae bus stop, board Osaki Line (御崎線) bus bound for Osaki (御崎). Alight at Karakuwa Visitor Center (唐桑ビジターセンター). Timetables here (weekdays) and here (weekends & holidays).

To the Orishi trailhead
From Kesennuma Station: A 10-minute walk, followed by a 30-minute bus ride, followed by a 20-minute walk. From Kesennuma Station, walk to Kesennuma City Hall (気仙沼市役所). The Kesennuma Shiyakusho-mae (気仙沼市役所前) bus stop is just outside. From the Shiyakusho-mae bus stop, board Osaki Line (御崎線) bus bound for Osaki (御崎). Alight at Ogama Hanzo Iriguchi (巨釜半造入口). Timetables here (weekdays) and here (weekends & holidays).

ADMISSION

Free

LANGUAGES

Limited English

HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE

No

HOURS

Open during daylight except in inclement weather

CLOSED DAYS

Open during daylight except in inclement weather

PHONE

0226-22-4560

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