Located 280 miles north of Tokyo. On the beautiful shores of rias coastline, surrounded by mountains and ocean.Before the East Japan Earthquake, Ogatsu had 4,300 people living with nature peacefully.
The town is known for its fishery, scallop, silver salmon, oyster and hoya (sea squirt) farming. Also, Ogatsu is home of Japanese Ink Stone,90% share of domestic market. Ogatsu inkstone used for traditional calligraphy, but also for the roof of the famous Tokyo Station.
Houin Kagura, a traditional dance ritual is designated as national important cultural property, with a heritage going back to the 600 years.This small town shows the best of Japan’s treasures ‒ rich nature, culture and the simple yet peaceful living of its inhabitants.
On March 11, 2011, 60ft. tsunami hit the shores of Ogatsu, and took away the lives of 250 people, and destructed 70% of the town.Today, population has decreased to one-forth, now only 1,000 people.