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Recovery Cycling Tour~Ride to the recovering coastline of a city undefeated
・Experience the recovery of Sendai's coastline following the earthquake & tsunami of March 11, 2011・Visit former Arahama Elementary School to hear stories of survival・Learn more about the disaster at the 3.11 Memorial Community Centre・Cycle through rice-paddies and countryside scenery
Everyday (except Monday)
Number of Participants
At 2:46 on March 11, 2011, a magnitude 7 earthquake struck off the coast of north-eastern Japan, triggering a colossal tsunami of unprecedented heights (measuring up to 40 metres at its highest point). In Sendai City alone, over 930 people lost their lives or are still recorded as missing.
Eight years on from the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, the coastline of Miyagi Prefecture is still recovering. Join this local cycling tour to see the progress of recovery with your own eyes.
First you will pay a visit to the Sendai 3.11 Memorial Community Centre to learn more about the events of the 2011 disaster and continuing impact upon the local community.
Jumping on your bike, you’ll set out on a low-impact ride towards the coast (around 10km return). Your destination will be the ruins of former Arahama Elementary School buildling which was badly damaged in the tsunami but has been preserved as a museum for disaster education and disaster prevention. Fortunately, all 320 students, staff and local residents who evacuated to the rooftop of the school building were saved. Climb to the same rooftop and look-out over the coastline and sprawling countryside where lively neighbourhoods once stood.
Be humbled by the ferocity of nature as you walk through the exhibits, hearing stories of survival and lives that were changed forever.
As you read about new disaster prevention measures and development taking place, feel the energy of a city undefeated and the hope of the resilient locals as they build a bright future for the next generation.
***In case of bad weather/ restricted accessibility, bus tours are also available leaving and returning to Arai Station (Tozai Subway Line)***
|Experience Program Name||Recovery Cycling Tour~Ride to the recovering coastline of a city undefeated|
|Activity Location||Arai, Wakabayashi Ward, Sendai, Miyagi|
|Operator Name||Tohoku Local Secret Tours|
|Time Required||3 hours|
|Operation Period||Everyday (except Monday)|
|Minimum number of participants||2people|
|Maximum number of participants||4people|
|Reservation Deadline||1 days before by 13:00|
|Important notes regarding participation||*In case of bad weather/ restricted accessibility, bus tours are also available leaving and returning to Arai Station (Tozai Subway Line)|
*If the minimum number of participants is not met the event will be cancelled.
|What is included in the price||> Rental of Giant Cross-bike and helmet|
> Private guide (English speaking)
> Drink or snack at local farmer's market
> Access to shower (towel rental), changing facilities and coin locker
|What is not included in the price||> Anything not included in the above 'included' list.|
|Method of Payment||Pay in advance with credit card (VISA, AMEX, JCB, Master)|
|Cancellation Policy||Cancellation Policy|
Up to three days prior, no cancellation fee.
Two days prior: 20%
Day before: 30%
On the day: 100%
|Meeting Spot||Arai Higashi, Wakabayashi-ku, Sendai-shi, Miyagi-ken 984-0030|
Meet at Arai Station (Sendai Subway, Tozai Line)
|Access||Your guide will be waiting for your at Arai Station (Sendai Subway, Tozai Line)|
They will be holding the ‘Tohoku Local Secret Tours’ sign.
A bus option is available. Please inquire for details.
|About Guides and Tours||・Operated by a multi-lingual guide|
・Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
|About multi-lingual support||Japanese／English／Chinese (Simplified)／Chinese (Traditional)|
Multi-lingual guide: Japanese, English, Chinese are available.
Other languages are available upon request.
- Cycling / Mountain Biking
- Guided tours of historical attractions and facilities
- Inspection Visit / Research Training
- Learning about the Disaster / Storyteller Program
- Other, Remembering the Disaster / Revitalization Programs