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What is the Michinoku Coastal Trail?


In ancient times, Japan’s north-eastern Tohoku region was known as ‘Michinoku’ – meaning ‘the end of the road’.

As one of Japan’s more remote and less developed regions, Tohoku is known for its untamed nature and rugged landscapes, worlds away from the bright lights and tourism hubs of Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto.

A land steeped in history, mythology, and folklore, Tohoku has retained its own identity over the centuries; from its charming and (at times, indecipherable) dialect to its ancient traditions and tales, occupying a unique space in the Japanese archipelago.

And while the tourism boom continues to grip Japan, fewer than 2% of foreign travelers make their way to Tohoku, making it the ideal get-away for an authentic, off-the-beaten-path experience.


Here is a Google Map featuring some useful information, including water points, onsen (hot springs), ATMs and stores (compiled by Patrick Noonan) - LINK.

Where is the trail?

It’s located in the northeast of Japan’s main island, Honshu.

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Michinoku Coastal Trail Map

For route maps and more information on the trail, click HERE.