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Ainokama Park (Current Situation)

Ainokama Park, Millennium Hope Hills

  • In Ainokama Park, which is close to Sendai International Airport, there is a memorial monument; in addition, the Millennium Hope Hills Exchange Center opened there in April 2016. At this center, visitors can learn about the reconstruction after the 2011 disaster through pamphlets and panels. Videos describe the experience of the disaster and help visitors learn about disaster mitigation. Items related to Millennium Hope Hills are available in the gift shop. The center's other function is as a base for activities such as planting and cultivating trees, telling stories about the disaster, fostering exchange through knowledge dissemination, and protecting the environment.

    On June 30, 2018, at the Second Hill in Ainokama Park, the giant zelkova, which used to be the symbol of the Ainokama district and remained intact after the tsunami during the Great East Japan Earthquake, was given new life in the form of a northern goshawk by chainsaw carving.

Recommended route

Necessary time: Around one hour
  • ①Exchange Center

  • ②Memorial monument

  • ③Hill No. 1

  • ④Hill No. 2

  • ⑤Northern goshawk

Disaster remains by parking lot:
  • ①Disaster remains—Fire lookout

  • ②Disaster remains—Homes

About the Millennium Hope Hills Exchange Center

- Address : Hama 177, Shimonogo, Iwanuma
- Access : 7 minutes by car from Sendai Airport interchange via Sendai Tobu Expressway; 10 minutes from Iwanuma interchange 3 minutes by car from the Sendai Airport, or 17 minutes on foot
- Parking : 80 regular cars and 2 large vehicles
- Restrooms : Open from 9:00–17:00

Ainokama Area Map