Ogama-Hanzo, located in the east central part of Karakuwa Peninsula, has a series of marble rocks that have been carved into strange shapes by marine erosion. The stirringly beautiful coastline and virile scenery below is amazing. There is a promenade along the coastline, which stretches from Ogama to Hanzo. It affords a panoramic view of the strangely shaped rocks against the Pacific Ocean, for a unique landscape specific to the deeply indented coastline.
This marble stone pillar standing in the ocean is 16 m tall and 3 m across. About 2 m were broken off at the tip when a giant tsunami struck Sanriku in 1896, giving the stone pillar its name of Oreishi (literally, “broken stone”). It has also withstood the Great East Japan Earthquake.
An ichthyosaur fossil was discovered in the Osawa Formation from the Triassic period of the Mesozoic era that is exposed on the western coast of Tatezaki in the town of Minamisanriku. Based on factors such as skeletal structure and the geological age of ammonite fossil shells found in the same stratum, presently the ichthyosaur fossil is thought to be the oldest of its kind in the world. There are many fossils in the same layer of soil.
This scenic spot is 10 km to the south of Kesennuma. The roar of the waves as they rush in and the spray as they hit the Shiofukiiwa rocks are dynamic and give visitors a sense of the force of nature. In addition, numerous well-preserved fossils of lamp shells, Fusulinid, and coral are embedded in the exposed limestone.
The sun rising over the marble stone pillar, Oreishi is truly a magnificent sight. Only those who wake up early are treated to this amazing vista.
Kesennuma is famous for many kinds of seafood such as sea squirt and mackerel pike, but it is most famous for the luxury food, shark fin! The photo is of shark fin ramen.
|Address||Naka/Kogane, Karakuchi-cho, Kesennuma|
Cultural Promotion Section, Lifelong Learning Department, Kesennuma City Board of Education Office
|Access||30 min. by car from JR Kesennuma Station; 90 min. by car from Ichinoseki IC, Tohoku Expressway|
|Parking||Ogama: Passenger cars (30 spaces), large cars (5 spaces)
Hanzo: Passenger cars (30 spaces), large cars (1 space)
|MAPCODE||193 200 543|
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