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JP049South Sanriku coast

Site Description


The site is a ria coast located in Miyagi Prefecture. The geography of the site is mainly a combination of capes with steep cliffs and sharp and deep bays in most areas. Most of the coastline consists of rocks and rocky shores, and narrow cobble beaches lie in front of the coast and between the rocky areas. Along the coasts where relatively large rivers flow in, there are lowlands that are used for rice paddies or hold coastal forests of Pinus thunbergii at some places. There are areas which consist of sand beaches and rocky shores alternately, and farmlands and rice paddies.

Area & Coordinates

140ha 38°49′N 141°35′E
region: Tohoku



Designation Type

National Park, Prefectural National Park, Wildlife Protection Area (Local)

Protection Status

Partially protected

Conservation issues


Breeding resident

Phalacrocorax capillatus, Ardea cinerea, Anas poecilorhyncha, Pandion haliaetus, Milvus migrans, Larus schistisagus, Larus crassirostris, Motacilla alba

Breeding visitor

Calonectris leucomelas, Monticola solitarius

Winter visitor

Gavia stellata, Gavia arctica, Podicipedidae, Branta bernicla, Histrionicus histrionicus, Anatidae, Haliaeetus pelagicus, Haliaeetus albicilla, Laridae




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