Welcome to Earth Camp

where people and nature flourish

Create change.

Bridging borders

for a future together.

5/3 – 5/5 Earth Camp『Bridging Minamisanriku and the World』 〜 2015 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 created!

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.



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 (Sun) – May 5th (Tues) 2014 (2 nights, 3 days) (Golden Week)

■ Where: Minamisanriku, Miyagi

■ Where to meet: JR Yanaizu Station (nearest station from Minamisanriku)

*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 11:21, final day: Yanaizu Station STD 16:27)


Day One 5/3(Sun)


11:21    Meet(JR Yanaizu Station)


Icebreaking & Opening Lunch(Lunch at local eatery/

not included in fee)

13:30    Minamisanriku Study Tour

〜 Learn about disaster prevention and recovery efforts

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

<< Ambassadors Orientation >>

〜 Team-building and outdoor activities

Night    Dinner full of fresh local delicacies

Welcome campfire under the stars!

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Day Two 5/4(Mon)

Morning  Breakfast, briefing

AM     Fisherman’s experience

〜 Learn about the ocean, enjoy fresh seafood

Lunch   Fisherman’s BBQ LunchIMG_0325

(Seafood, seafood, seafood!)


〜 Go Local!

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

Night    Dinner full of fresh local delicacies

〜 Activities, discussion and more


Day Three 5/5(Tues)

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 16:27), free

drop off available upon request.


~ Post-program: Ambassadors community bonding


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

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What’s special about this program?

At this 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 created. Do you want to contribute your passion, ideas and creativity for a social cause? You have come to the right place!

Ideas and tools created here by you may be implemented 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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● “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 learn about 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 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 (Wed), 2015

■ 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.)

⇒ Volunteer position also available (Foreigners only, restrictions apply. Limited seats. 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 fee to and from 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:Kamiwarizaki Campground or other (Minamisanriku)

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

※ Shower available at the campground (200yen/3mins, 24hrs available)


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


Message from founder


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!


How to get 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 ⇒ Sendai(Tohoku Shinkansen)⇒ Kogota(JR Tohoku Hon-sen)⇒ Yanaizu(JR Kesennuma-sen)

Minamisanriku ⇒ Tokyo

Yanaizu  ⇒ Maeyachi(JR Kesennuma-sen) ⇒ Kogota(JR Ishinomaki-sen)⇒ Sendai(JR Tohoku Hon-sen) ⇒ Tokyo(Tohoku Shinkansen)

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

By Bus

◯ General Access

There are several direct highway buses available from Tokyo to Sendai and from Sendai to Minamisanriku.

◯ From Tokyo/Sendai

<Example route>

Tokyo ⇒ Sendai (Overnight highway bus, approx. 6 hrs)  <<transfer>>

Sendai STD 8:20 ⇒ Minamisanriku STA 10:02 (Miyagi Transportation)

(Approx. 7.5 hrs from Tokyo / 1.5 hrs from Sendai)


*Train and bus schedule may change without notice. Please always check for the latest information, and feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns. We would be more than happy to help you!


  1. Terence

    I like to get more details for joining the trip.

    I am from Singapore now staying at sakura meguro apartment.

    1. Do I enjoy the 20% discount?
    2. Or can I join as volunteer?
    3. How to travel to from meguro jr station? Does it mean I need to travel from 2nd May?
    4. How much fees for ocean view and hot springs?
    5. In total how much should I budget?



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