Welcome to Earth Camp

where people and nature flourish

Create change.

Bridging borders

for a future together.

9/13 – 9/15 Earth Camp Minamisanriku (3 days)

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 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 and mountains, and the people’s lives side by side with the circle of nature. Furthermore, when diverse foreign groups flew in soon after the earthquake, it was a time where it was realized that the more we cross borders and combine efforts, the more power will be achieved.

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. Camp out under the stars and wake up to the sound of waves. How did marine life change after the tsunami? How are the people’s lives connected to the ocean?  The journey into the wilderness will continue on, where 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 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 toward a harmonious future, on the grounds of Tohoku.


■ When: September 13th (Sat) – September 15th (Mon) 2014 (2 nights, 3 days)

■ Where: Minamisanriku, Miyagi

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

*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). Please see details below.




11:15      Meet(JR Yanaizu Station)


         〜 Opening Lunch and Introduction

                    (Lunch/not included in fee)

13:30     Minamisanriku Study Tour

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Evening     Camping & outdoor activities 〜

        〜 Pitching a tent, chopping firewood

Night          Dinner & Campfire under the stars


Day Two  9/14  (Sun)muraokasan fishing

Morning      Camp Breakfast

10:00        Fisherman’s experience

       〜 Learn about the ocean and the cycle of nature


Lunch    Fisherman’s BBQ Lunch (fresh seafood!)

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      Hot spring (not included in fee)

17:30     Dinner at local eatery


Day Three  9/15  (Mon)

Morning      Camp BreakfastBSLdBMTCIAAcZAD

AM    Nature Activities

     〜 Discover Minamisanriku

Noon   Visit temporary shopping village「Minamisanriku

      Sansan Shopping Village」

      Lunch(not included in fee/free time)

      Final Session (reflection)

15:30    Finish

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

      free drop off is available upon request.



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


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Join us if you want to…

・get involved in a social cause

・learn about Minamisanriku and it’s recovery efforts

・experience fishery with local fishermen in town, learn about the ocean

・step out into the wilderness

・brush up multicultural communication skills

・create new friends in Tohoku and travel with friends without borders


■ How to register:Please submit the Registration Form.

■ Register by:September 5th (Fri) 2014

※Registration will be closed when we have reached the maximum number of participants (approx. 10 people).

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

Parental consent is required for participants under age 20.

■ Fee:36,000 yen(tax included)

University Students 20% discount

⇒ Visit Japan Campaign 20% discount

(Foreigners only, restrictions apply. Please inquire for details.)

Volunteer positions 50% discount / free transportation available (depart day before)

(Screening required, foreigners/English speakers only, restrictions apply. Limited seats. Please 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, walking shoes (e.g. hiking shoes or shoes that are strong in water in case of rain or during the fishery experience), sleeping bag, bath towel, toiletries, insurance card

■ Accommodation:Kamiwarizaki Campground or other

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

※Shower at the campground: 200yen/3mins, available 24 hrs.


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

“Live like the locals and experience nature in English.”


Message from founder (Sosha Mitsunaga Smith)


I made my first trip to Tohoku, days after the Great East 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!



Access to Minamisanriku

By CarMinamisanriku Map

◯ General Access

Monoutsuyama IC(Sanriku Jidoushadou) ⇒ Kokudou no.45 ⇒ Minamisanrikucho
(Approx. 20km・25mins)

◯ From Tokyo/Sendai

Tokyo/Urawa・・(Tohokudou)・・Sendai Minami Inter・・(Sendai Nanbu Douro)・・(Sanriku Jidoushadou)・・Monoutsuyama IC・・(Kokudou no.45)・・Minamisanrikucho

(Approx. 5.5 hrs from Tokyo, Urawa / 2 hrs from Sendai Minami Inter)


By Train

◯ General Access

Nearest station: JR Kesennuma Line “Yanaizu Station”

◯ From Tokyo/Sendai

<Example route>

Tokyo ⇒ Minamisanriku 

Tokyo STD 7:40 ⇒ Sendai STA 9:14(Tohoku Shinkansen)
Sendai STD 9:42 ⇒ Kogota STA 10:27(JR Tohoku Hon-sen)
Kogota STD 10:34 ⇒ Yanaizu STA 11:14(JR Kesennuma-sen)

Minamisanriku ⇒ Tokyo

Yanaizu STD 16:19 ⇒ Maeyachi STA 16:40(JR Kesennuma-sen)
Maeyachi STD 16:46 ⇒ Kogota STA 17:02(JR Ishinomaki-sen)
Kogota STD 17:10 ⇒ Sendai STA 17:57(JR Tohoku Hon-sen)
Sendai STD 18:19 ⇒ Tokyo STA 19:52(Tohoku Shinkansen)

(Approx. 3.5 hrs from Tokyo / 1.5 hrs from Sendai)

By Bus

◯ From Tokyo to Sendai: There are several highway buses available.

(e.g. JR Bus Tohoku)

◯ From Sendai to Minamisanriku: Miyagi Transportation



*Train/bus schedule may change without notice. Please always check for the latest information.


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