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Journal of Geography (Chigaku Zasshi), 2015 Vol.124 No.4

2015 Vol.124 No.4

The Magnificent Landscape of Jodogahama Beach

Facing the Japan Trench, where the Pacific tectonic plate subducts, Sanriku is an important area because, as the so-called origin of the Japanese archipelago, it contains a continuous geological record extending back 500 million years. It is also a region that has experienced several historically strong earthquakes and resulting tsunamis, including the Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami in March 2011. At the Sanriku Geopark, young people are taught the history of the Earth and about the area’s natural disasters. Jodogahama Beach, which is located at the central part of the Sanriku Coast, is a place where you can sense an active nature of the Earth. The form of the cape and the white rocks are characteristic features of Jodogahama beach. The landscape is so beautiful that it has been named Pure Land Beach, and it has become a representative scenic spot of the Sanriku Coast. In addition to the scenic beauty of Oku-Jodogahama and Usuki-Yama along the walking trails at Jodogahama, traces of magma flows, showing the flow structure before the magma cooled and hardened, can also be observed in the rocky outcrops. Furthermore, geological formations and scenic beauty can be observed at close proximity to the sea when taking sightseeing cruises and Sappa boat trips.

(Photograph and explanation: Shinichi SUGIMOTO)

Original Articles

A Study on Changes of Land Use and Regional Characteristics with the Redevelopment of the Port in the Tokyo Waterfront Area: Case Study on the Kaigan Area, Minato Ward, Tokyo Metropolis


Journal of Geography (Chigaku Zasshi), 2015, 124(4), 525.


Holocene Crustal Movement in the Kesennuma Okawa Plain, Southern Sanriku Coast, Northeast Japan, Estimated from Coastal Geology

Yuichi NIWA, Toshihiko SUGAI and Yoshiaki MATSUSHIMA

Journal of Geography (Chigaku Zasshi), 2015, 124(4), 545.


Prospective Customer Study Based on Internet Questionnaire Survey of Visitors to the Sanriku Geopark Area

Hideyuki ITOH, Masaki SUZUKI, Ryota SATO, Shin’ichi SUGIMOTO and Hiromitsu SEKI

Journal of Geography (Chigaku Zasshi), 2015, 124(4), 561.


Restored Image of Volcanic Sector Collapse at Old Yotei Volcano, Southwestern Hokkaido, Japan, from a Geomorphological Interpretation of the Distribution of Hummocks

Hidetsugu YOSHIDA

Journal of Geography (Chigaku Zasshi), 2015, 124(4), 575.


Determination of the Exact Surface Trace of the Median Tectonic Line in the Ise Area, Southwest Japan


Journal of Geography (Chigaku Zasshi), 2015, 124(4), 587.


Most Recent Faulting Event in the Uemachi Fault Zone and Related Changes in the Geomorphic Environment of the Kawachi Plain, Southwest Japan

Nobuhiko SUGITO and Hisao KONDO

Journal of Geography (Chigaku Zasshi), 2015, 124(4), 607.

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Detrital Zircon Age Spectra of the Upper Cretaceous Atogura and Tochiya Formations in the Northern Kanto Mountains, SW Japan: Evidence of Across-arc Link to the Hida Belt

Hiroki NAKAHATA, Yukio ISOZAKI, Kazuo KOSAKA, Shuhei SAKATA and Takafumi HIRATA

Journal of Geography (Chigaku Zasshi), 2015, 124(4), 633.


Short Article

Emerged Abrasion Platforms on Enoshima Island, Kanagawa Prefecture and Uplift Associated with the 1703 Genroku Kanto Earthquake

Tokihiko MATSUDA, Ritsuko S. MATSU'URA, Tadaki MIZUMOTO and Masayoshi TAJIKARA

Journal of Geography (Chigaku Zasshi), 2015, 124(4), 657.



Report on Calibrated Radiocarbon Ages of Beachrock Samples and Consolidated Deposits at Nyateya-gama Cave on Ie Island, Okinawa, Japan


Journal of Geography (Chigaku Zasshi), 2015, 124(4), 665.



Pictorial 1: Calibrated Ages of Beachrock Samples and Consolidated Deposits of Nyateya-gama, Southern Coast of Ie Island, Okinawa


Journal of Geography (Chigaku Zasshi), 2015, 124(4), xv.