Discover the Japan Adventure – Michinoku Coastal Trail – Sanriku Trail and Train

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Getting to Hachinohe and the northern trailhead

While the Michinoku Coastal Trail offers opportunities to get well off the beaten track and experience both local culture and stunning natural surrounds, getting to the northernmost trailhead in Hachinohe City is relatively quick and easy from Tokyo. The high-speed shinkansen (bullet train) makes the journey north from Tokyo Station to Hachinohe Station multiple times daily in 2 hours 50 minutes (¥16,590 one way). From Hachinohe Station, the trailhead at Hachinohe’s Kabushima Shrine is a 30-minute bus ride (taking the Umineko service to Kabushima Kaihin Koen bus stop) or a 23-minute ride on the JR Hachinohe Line (getting off at Same Station).

Navigating from Hachinohe to Miyako

From the Kabushima trailhead, this northernmost 150-mile stretch of trail to Miyako City runs through varied terrain, taking roughly five to seven days to through-hike. That doesn’t mean you have to walk all of it. Thanks to local JR train services that run from Hachinohe along the coast to Kuji and the Sanriku Railway’s Rias Line from Kuji to Miyako (and beyond), it’s possible to pick and choose sections for one-day, weekend, or several-day hikes. Just be aware that while these local rail services operate daily, the number of trains per day is infrequent: plan your schedule in advance. You can check train timetables in English at the Japan Transit Planner website.

Pick up a map

Whichever parts of the northern Michinoku Coastal Trail you decide to hike, it’s well worth taking a map. You can download free English-language maps and trail section guides from the Ministry of the Environment’s official Michinoku Coastal Trail website. Each one also outlines trail safety, manners, essential gear, and emergency contact information.

Google Maps to Key Stations

Same Sta. in Hachinohe
Rikuchu-Nakano Sta.
kuji Sta.
Fudai Sta.
Tanohata Sta.
Miyako Sta.

How to Call A Taxi

There are areas where there are no taxi companies and taxi companies that close early.
We recommend that you make a reservation in advance.
*Travel times and taxi fares are estimates as of December 2022. Please use this as a guide only, as it may vary depending on the route, time of day, etc.
Toll road charges and late-night surcharges are not included in the price.

Base Point Location
departing and arriving station
the time required

Hachinohe City, Aomori RouteKabura-shima (Kabura-shima Shrine)
Same Station (JR Hachinohe Line)
2 min.
670 yen
Hachinohe Station (JR Hachinohe Line)
23 min.
3,070 yen
Hachinohe Station (JR Hachinohe Line)
33 min.
5,500 yen
Tanesashi Coast Information Center
Tanesashi Kaigan Station (JR Hachinohe Line)
1 min.
730 yen
Kuji City/Hirono Town route, Iwate Prefecture
Hirono Fisheries Hall Unique
Taneichi Station (JR Hachinohe Line)
3 min.
670 yen
North Samurai Beach Campground
Rikuchu-Nakano Station (JR Hachinohe Line)
17 min.
3,220 yen

Kosode Divers Center
Rikunakanoda Station (Sanriku Railway Rias Line)
18 min.
3,300 yen
Rikuchu-Natsui Station (JR Hachinohe Line)
18 min.
3,240 yen
Mogulampia Aquarium
Rikuchu-Natsui Station (JR Hachinohe Line)
6 min.
1,140 yen
Noda Village and Fudai Village Route, Iwate Prefecture
Roadside Station Noda
Rikunakanoda Station (adjacent)
Marine Rose Park Noda Tamagawa
Noda-Tamagawa Station (Sanriku Railway Rias Line)
2 min.
600 yen
inn EboshosoHorinai Station (Sanriku Railway Rias Line)
4 min.
860 yen
Southern part of Fudai Village – Tanohata Village – Northern part of Iwaizumi Town, Iwate Route
Kitayamazaki Visitor Center
Tanohata Station (Sanriku Railway Rias Line)
19 min.
3,240 yen

List of taxi companies by the municipality