Hamanasu (Beach Rose) Habitat
The 2011 tsunami swept away the vegetation along the coastline in Sendai. However, the hamanasu (beach roses) in Shinhama managed to survive. To protect these precious plants, the reconstruction work on this beach took care not to disturb them.
The historic Teizan Canal runs parallel with the seashore. Since the old days, this waterway has been used for transporting goods to communities along the coast. For the local people, it is a popular fishing spot, as many species live in the water, including crabs, eels and gobies.
A Rice Field Where Fish Live
The tsunami swept away the wildlife living in the rice fields around Shinhama, including the local medaka (rice fish). Specialists have been raising these tiny fish and returning them to paddies where the rice is being cultivated without the use of any pesticides. This is contributing to the growing biodiversity in the area of Shinhama.
To reach Shinhama from Tokyo, it takes about 90 minutes by Shinkansen bullet train to Sendai Station. From there, it's a 30-minute ride by car.