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Goishi Coast


Goishi Coast
The Goishi Coast is a scenic 6-km coastline along the southeastern part of Massaki Peninsula. “Goishi” refers to the stone pieces used in a Japanese board game called go; the pebbles that cover the beach resemble the go game pieces, hence the name. It was designated as a national place of scenic beauty and a national natural monument in 1937. It is also listed in Japan’s 100 Best Beaches, 100 Best White Beaches with Green Pines, 500 Beautiful Roads for Walking, and 100 Sound Sceneries of Japan. There are many caves, islands, and pine woods colored with flowers such as daisies, candlestick lilies, and day lilies. The 4-km hiking trail leads to places of interest such as the Ranboya Channel, where dynamic waves beat against the rocks, and Kaminariiwa, where waves beat inside a cave and echo like thunder.

Anatoshiiso is an oddly shaped rock formation in the sea with three openings through which small pleasure boats can pass.

Anatoshisen Boat Cruise
Take a tour around the Goishi Coast in a small boat, guided by a local fisherman. The boat tour also passes through the holes inside the Anatoshiiso rock formation!

2,000 yen per person (at least 2 people needed for reservation), 1,000 yen for elementary schoolers and below.
Time: About 40 minutes
Capacity: at most 24 people (up to 6 passengers per boat)
Number of boats possible: 4
Time Period: June~November (please inquire about riding the boat during holidays in May)
Reception time: 9 AM to 3 PM
Reservations: in the case of boat rides for large groups, please reserve up to the day prior
Departure and Reception Location: Ebisu Beach
*When Ebisu Beach cannot be used, the location may be moved to the Goishi Fishing Harbor
*The boat rides will be cancelled on days when the ocean’s condition is bad


Access 1
JR Ofunato Line Service temporarily suspended between Kesennuma and Sakari ( substitute bus service available )
Access 2
Limited Express Bus from JR Ichinoseki Station Limited Express Ichinoseki Line Get on at Ichinoseki Station Boarding Area 5 Get off at Ofunato Station 2 hr. 12 min. 0192-26-3730 ( Iwateken Kotsu Ofunato Office )
Access 3
Express Bus from JR Morioka Station Express Morioka-Ofunato Line Get on at Morioka Station Boarding Area 8 Get off at Sakari ( Gongendo ) 2 hr. 56 min. 0192-26-3730 ( Iwateken Kotsu Ofunato Office )
Access 4
Bus from JR Hosoura Station Goishi Line Get on at Hosoura Station Bus Boarding Area Get off at Goishi Kaigan 11 min. 0192-26-3730 ( Iwateken Kotsu Ofunato Office )
Access 5
Car About 100 min. from Ichinoseki IC




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