The Ruins of Arahama Elementary School: The Disaster Prevention and Reconstruction of the Coastal Area in Sendai
Arahama is a coastal area located 10km away from downtown Sendai. On March 11, 2011, this area was hit by a 10-meter high tsunami. Approximately 320 residents evacuated to the rooftop of Arahama Elementary School and survived. Today the school building is preserved and open to the public as a monument. This tour is led by a certified interpreter-guide, so you'll be able to have detailed and accurate information throughout the experience.
Any day of the year, except scheduled holidays for Arahama Elementary School (Mondays and the 4th Thursday of the month (excluding national holidays), year-end holidays).
About 4 hours.
Number of Participants
The tour starts at Arai Station on the Sendai subway system. We will take a bus from there to reach Arahama Elementary School.
The school building is preserved as a monument. It also has exhibition rooms to learn about the disaster. You can reach the rooftop to view the surrounding reconstruction of the area. Some pictures to compare the past and present are available.
You can reach the coast with a 10-minute walk from the school. You can see a new seawall, and some memorial statues.
We will take a bus to return to the Arai Station area. We can stop by Moroya Farm Kitchen. It is a restaurant run by local farmers. You can enjoy a lunch of fresh vegetables. You can also use it as a café.
Sendai 3.11 Memorial Community Center is a facility connected to Arai Station. It is another good place to learn the disaster and reconstruction of this area. Inside an exhibition hall, there are many panels to show the timeline of the events.
Arai Station of Sendai Subway ＝＝Bus＝＝ Arahama Elementary School ＝＝Walk＝＝ Arahama coast ＝＝Walk and bus＝＝ ＝＝Moroya Farm Kitchen ＝＝Walk＝＝ Sendai 3.11 Memorial Community Center ＝＝Walk＝＝ Arai Station of Sendai Subway
Arahama Elementary School is the most accessible monument of the Great East Japan Earthquake. You can reach there with public transportation from downtown Sendai. On the way to the school, you can also view the reconstruction of the town from a bus.
|Experience Program Name||The Ruins of Arahama Elementary School: The Disaster Prevention and Reconstruction of the Coastal Area in Sendai|
|Activity Location||Arahama Elementary School, Sendai 3.11 Memorial Community Center, Moroya Farm Kitchen.|
|Operator Name||Guide-Interpreter Shunsuke Wakamatsu|
|Time Required||About 4 hours.|
|Operation Period||Any day of the year, except scheduled holidays for Arahama Elementary School (Mondays and the 4th Thursday of the month (excluding national holidays), year-end holidays).|
|Minimum number of participants||1people|
|Maximum number of participants||8people|
|Reservation Deadline||7 days before by 17:00|
|About suspension of the activity||The tour will be conducted even in rainy weather, but will be canceled in case of stormy weather or disaster. Please check with us the day before the event.|
|Important notes regarding participation||It is about a 10-minute walk from Arahama Elementary School to the memorial statue on the coast.|
Although it is a paved and flat road, it is recommended to wear shoes that are easy to walk on.
|What is included in the price||Guide fee.|
|What is not included in the price||Transportation costs (subway, bus), Moroya Farm Kitchen food/drinks costs. Insurance for participants.|
|Remarks regarding price||Free admission to Arahama Elementary School and Sendai 3.11 Memorial Community Center.|
|Method of Payment||Pay cash on the day.|
|About cancellations and changes||If you wish to cancel or change your reservation, please contact us immediately.|
Requests for changes may not be available depending on the time and reservation situation.
|Cancellation Policy||No cancellation fee is charged.|
|Meeting Spot||88 Arai Kutsugata, Wakabayashi-ku, Sendai-shi, Miyagi-ken 984-0032|
Arai Station (Tozai Line), in front of the ticket gate.
|Meeting Time||Please come by the start time.|
|Access||14-minute subway ride from Sendai Station to Arai Station (Tozai Line).|
There is no designated parking, so please use nearby paid parking near Arai Station.
|Facility Information||Coin lockers are located inside Arai Station (rental fee required).|
Barrier-free access and equipment is different for each location. Please inquire for needs and details.
|About Guides and Tours||The tour is led by a local guide.|
|About multi-lingual support||Japanese／English|
- Inspection Visit / Research Training
- Learning about the Disaster / Storyteller Program
- Other, Remembering the Disaster / Revitalization Programs