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三陸リアス式海岸 Sanriku-riasushiki-kaigan  Saw-tooth Sanriku Coastline

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The Riasu (or Saw-tooth) Sanriku Coastline is a raised coastline of 600km in total that spreads out from southeast of the Aomori Prefecture through the coast of the Iwate Prefecture to Ojika Peninsula in Miyagi Prefecture.  Sanriku (or three riku) is a generic term referring to Mutsu in Aomori, Rikuchuu in Aomori and Rikuzen in Miyagi.  The Riasu coast is a jagged stretch of coastline that consists of many long, narrow coastal inlets which uniformly cut into the coastal lands creating the appearance of saw teeth.
Offshore at the Sanriku coast is where the Okhotsk current (Oyashio) , a cold current, and the Japan Current (Kuroshio),  a warm current, meet,  creating a rich fishing spot that is considered to be one of the Four Great Fishing Grounds in the world.
The precipitous cliffs of the Sanriku coast are also an ideal breeding ground for wild birds such as osprey, Japanese cormorant and black-tailed gull.
Along the Riasu Sanriku Coastline there are many spectacular vistas created by the raging waves and rain storms of the Pacific Ocean.

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襟裳岬 Erimo-misaki Erimo Cape

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Right before your eyes is the Pacific. On either side, runs the continuous line of the horizon.This is the view from the cliff of Erimo Cape, located to the south of the Hidaka Mountains in Hokkaido. Rock reefs spread for 2km off the coast.Erimo cape is said to be where the wind is strongest in Japan.  Cold and hot currents in the sea converge at this point, and the  temperature difference often causes fog. In winter, it is extremely cold.Here, 400 Zanigata seals have adaptedto the harsh natural environment, making this one of the most famous breeding places for the seals. The seals are called Zenigata seals, because of the patterns on their fur that look like zeni (coins with a hole). Hakusan-chidori, a plant which is tough enough to survive the extreme  cold, blossoms during the short spring and heals us.In the sea, kelp grows abundantly, offering fish a  place to lay their eggs .Such an environment as this, in fact, is a harbor for life forms that have adjusted to the harsh natural conditions.  This area is known as the Hidaka Mountains Erimo National Park
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波戸岬 Hadomisaki Cape Hado

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Cape Hado is located in the northwestern end of Higashi-Matsuura Peninsula, Saga Pref. It is a part of Genkai Quasi National Park and the undersea space around this cape is designated as Genkai Marine Park. The beach of this cape is selected as one of Japan’s 100 Fine Beaches. It is a popular sightseeing spot where visitors can enjoy various outdoor activities including swimming, fishing and hiking all through the year. On the eastern side of the cape, there is the only underwater observatory on the coast along the Sea of Japan. From here you can command a view of the bountiful ocean where the cold current of the Sea of Japan and the warm current of the East China Sea flow together. Cape Hado is also known for the sunset. You may loose sense of time to see the big sun setting in the Genkai Sea. It’s really magnificent. The turban shell cooked in the shell is popular among tourists.
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