Photo by Rikuzenkata Guide

Photo by Roger Smith

Photo by Rikuzenkata Guide

  • The coast of Rikuzentakata City was once beloved for its picturesque white sand beaches and thick forests. The coastal forest once stood 70,000 pine trees strong, protecting the city from storms and tsunami. Unfortunately, the unprecedented power of the 2011 tsunami obliterated the coastal forest as well as the entire downtown of the city. Nearly two thousand people lost their lives. Of those 70,000 trees, only one survived the force of the tsunami. This one tree left standing was dubbed the “Miracle Pine,” and soon became a symbol of hope and recovery for the entire region. Although this tree did eventually die from exposure to salt water, it has been preserved as a permanent memorial thanks to donations from around the world. Visit the Miracle Pine and the neighboring Iwate Tsunami Memorial Museum (scheduled to open autumn 2019) to learn more about the tsunami and recovery.

  • Last Update
    February 15, 2019

    Area Near Miyagi

Details

ADDRESS

Sunamori-176-6 Kesencho, Rikuzentakata-shi, Iwate-ken 029-2204

ACCESS BY PUBLIC TRANSIT

15-min. walk from Kiseki-no-Ipponmatsu Station (Ofunato Line)

ADMISSION

Free

LANGUAGES

Limited English

HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE

No

HOURS

Always open but no lights on the path to the Miracle Pine, so exercise caution at night. The Miracle Pine is illuminated sunset–21:00 (weather permitting), and the Bridge of Hope is illuminated from 18:00–21:00 (except Sundays and some holidays). Please check the latest information here.

CLOSED DAYS

None

PHONE

0192-54-2111

OFFICIAL URL

http://www.city.rikuzentakata.iwate.jp/english/english.html