Welcome to Earth Camp

where people and nature flourish

Create change.

Bridging borders

for a future together.

5/3 – 5/5 Earth Camp『Minamisanriku to the World』 〜 2014 Spring Ambassadors 〜 (3 days)

『Bridge Tohoku and the World』

Creating spaces where people and nature flourish. This special program, the Earth Camp “Ambassadors” program will bring together diverse ideas and create on the grounds of Minamisanriku, where Earth Camp was born.

Earth Camp welcomes you to the beautiful local culture and nature of Minamisanriku ― a coastal town that is currently in the midst of rebuilding after being devastated by the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011, but with an inviting community that has much to share.
Although much of the town was swept away, find here, the beauty of the ocean, mountains and the lives of the people side by side with the circle of nature. Furthermore, when diverse foreign groups flying in soon after the earthquake, it was a time where we realized the more we cross borders and combine efforts, the more power will be achieved.

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Join us to touch the earth in Minamisanriku ― experience the ocean together with local fishermen working towards the recovery of the fishery industry, while enjoying fresh seafood straight out of the ocean. How did marine life change after the tsunami? How are the people’s lives connected to the ocean?  The journey into nature will continue on, where we will indulge in other green activities where you will meet the earth. Here, you will experience the circle of nature at first hand, and with all five senses. The tour is facilitated in both English and Japanese, opening doors for you to truly engage in and interact with the warm local community and get the real local experience first hand. In the end, language is just a tool for connecting with the world. If we all cross borders and combine efforts, we can create change.

Join us on this borderless journey to connect with communities and with nature and “create” toward a harmonious future, on the grounds of Tohoku.


■ When: May 3rd (Sat) – May 5th (Mon) 2014 (2 nights, 3 days) (Golden Week)

■ Where: Minamisanriku, Miyagi

■ Where to meet: Minamisanriku, nearest station “JR Yanaizu Station”

*There are currently no trains running in Minamisanriku. For those taking the train back from Yanaizu Station, free drop-off is also available(first day: Yanaizu Station STA 11:14, final day: Yanaizu Station STD 16:19)



Day One 5/3(Sat)


11:15  Meet(JR Yanaizu Station)


           Icebreaking Opening Lunch(Lunch/not included

           in fee)

13:30      Minamisanriku Study Tour

          〜 Learn about disaster prevention, meet the community today

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Evening   Hot spring (ocean-view) (not included in fee)

        << Ambassadors Orientation >>

                    〜 Team-building, outdoor activities

Night         Dinner full of fresh local delicacies

                    Welcome Campfire under the stars!

                  『How do we connect Tohoku to the world?』

Day Two 5/4(Sun)

Morning Breakfast, briefing

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AM        Fisherman’s experience

         〜 Learn about the ocean, enjoy fresh seafood

Lunch  Fisherman’s BBQ Lunch

        (Seafood, seafood, seafood!)


                〜 Go Local!


Evening   Hot spring (ocean-view) (not included in fee)

Night     Dinner full of fresh local delicacies

          〜 Activities, discussion and more


Day Three 5/5(Mon)

Morning Breakfast, briefing


AM    Minamisanriku’s Green-tourism experience

        〜 Go Green!

Lunch     Temporary shopping village「Minamisanriku Sansan

                    Shopping Village」(lunch not included in fee)

       << Earth Camp Ambassadors Ceremony>>

                 Final Session (Reflection)


15:30          Finish

           *For those heading back to Yanaizu (STD 16:19), free

     drop off is available upon request.


~ After the program

・Implementation of tools created throughout the trip

・Debriefing event (scheduled to be held in Tokyo, Sendai etc.)

・Ambassadors community bonding


 ※ Itinerary may change without notice due to weather or other reasons.

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「How is it different from the usual Earth Camp?」

At the Ambassadors program, participants as “Ambassadors” of Earth Camp, will experience, collaborate and create Earth Camp together from the ground up! Ambassadors will not only enjoy the multicultural×nature experience of Earth Camp, but will also create together and implement unique ideas for bridging Tohoku and the world, one of the core reasons why Earth Camp was born. Do you want to contribute your passion, ideas and creativity for a social cause and to let the world out there know about Minamisanriku? Welcome – you have come to the right place!

Ideas and any tools created here by the Ambassador team will be implemented widely to spread Earth Camp’s vision worldwide – it’s only the beginning of a great movement ahead! Through hands-on experiences, challenge and learn together with a new team beyond borders –  be it culture, nationality or language.
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【Ambassador Values】

●『Global leaders』

Although we face various issues in our world today, if we cross borders and combine ideas, we can create change. What’s going to change tomorrow? It’s how we live today. At Earth Camp, we take that big leap over boundaries that separate us, be it language, culture or values and create the future with our own hands. It’s a place for communication among diverse crowds through a common language, English and by experiencing together, a journey of purpose.

●『Together with nature』

Humans and nature are one ecosystem― through experiences that bring us closer to nature, we wish to inspire everyday lifestyles, positively impact our environment and people, and move forward towards a sustainable world together. From farming fresh veggies to fishing out in the deep blue, at Earth Camp, we will learn the circle of life and gain skills to live with the earth.


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Join us if you want to…

・Support the recovery of Minamisanriku and Tohoku through a new approach

・Step out into nature

・Get involved in a social cause

・Brush up multicultural communication skills

・Create new friends in Tohoku


■ Register by:April 22nd (Tues), 2014

■ How to register:Please submit the Registration Form.

※Registration will be closed when we have reached the maximum number of participants (15 people).

※Tour may be canceled if we do not reach minimum number of participants.

※Parental consent is required for participants under age 20.

■ Fee:36,000 yen(tax included) ⇒ Visit Japan Campaign 20% Discount (Foreigners only, restrictions apply. Inquire for details.) ⇒ Also, volunteer position/free transportation available (Foreigners only, limited seats, restrictions apply. Inquire for details: info@ceco.jp.)

【Included in fee】Accommodation, meals (Breakfast 2  Lunch 1  Dinner 2), fishery experience and all activities, transportation in town

【Not included in fee】Transportation fees to the event, hot spring (820yen), food/drinks that are not included in fee, insurance

■ What to bring:Warm clothing, rain gear, sneakers/walking shoes (e.g. hiking boots), rain boots, sleeping bag, bath towel, toiletries, stationary, insurance card

■ Accommodation:Day 1 Kamiwarizaki Campground / Day 2  School Lodge Sansankan  or other

※ Participants may be sharing rooms together in groups of gender.

※On Day 1, indoor cabin is optional for an additional fee and if rooms are available. Please inquire.  

**Learn more about the Earth Camp experience on Japan Travel!**

■ Message from founder(Sosha Mitsunaga Smith)


I made my first trip to Tohoku, days after the North Eastern Japan Earthquake, to assist foreign aid groups in their efforts across the devastated coastal region. As time went on, my belief in the importance to build a sustainable effort in the area grew stronger, and as I graduated business school, was created in the form of Earth Camp in 2012.

The first program was held in the fields of Minamisanriku, along the coast in Northern Tohoku. Our hope is to invite people into the area together with new ideas and to strengthen the town’s international presence to build an even stronger community than it was before. My experiences taught me that although we face diverse issues across the world today, if we cross borders and combine ideas, we can create change. How do we live together in a world of diversity? How do we live side by side with nature? Earth Camp continues to explore these questions, towards a future where we live in coherence with ourselves and with nature, with ultimately no borders to set us apart – for ourselves and for those to come.
Join us in creating this movement – we look forward to meeting you!


  1. Rahil


    I am interested in joining the upcoming event (from 3 May to 5 May). I would like further information how one can join the event.
    Looking forward to hear from you.

    kind regards,

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