BT0042 Kesennuma City

Permanent Exhibition: Tour and explanation by the curators of “Records of the Great East Japan Earthquake and History of Tsunami Disasters”. Permanent Exhibition: Tour and explanation by the curators of “Hakobune Nikki” (Ark Diary) – the history, folklore, and lifestyle of the Kesennuma area.

Contents/ Itinerary for BOSAI Tourism

Tour of the permanent exhibition, “Records of the Great East Japan Earthquake and History of Tsunami Disasters”.
Participants can look at around 500 materials, including records and materials gathered from our own personal research, undertaken in the two years after March 11, 2011 (203 photos taken of disaster scenes, and 155 items damaged in the disaster). 137 other historical documents are also available for viewing.
Kesennuma in Miyagi Prefecture was previously hit by the Sanriku tsunamis in 1896 and 1933 and by tsunamis after earthquakes in Chile in 1960 and 2010, and again by the 2011 tsunami. How should we develop the regional culture and achieve risk reduction?
Our exhibitions and explanations give a chance to consider the issues common with the places which have not been hit by disasters,

What we want to tell through the experiences of BOSAI Tourism Contents

We don’t want participants to simply consider tsunamis in heavily tsunami-prone regions to just be “uncontrollable natural disasters”. Rather, we would like participants to recognize that the scale of damage to the region during these disasters will differ depending on the accumulation of regional culture. We would like participants to think from various perspectives about not only disaster preparedness through structures, but also risk reduction through cultural activities.

Minimum capacity

5 people

Maximum capacity

100 people *Consult with us for more than 100 people.

Fee (Per person or per activity) for BOSAI Tourism Contents

Permanent exhibitions require an admission fee.
Admission: Adults: 500 yen / Students of universities, two-year colleges, and vocational colleges :400 yen / High school students: 300 yen / Junior high and elementary school students: 150 yen
*100 yen discount per member for groups of 20 or more. (50 yen discount for junior high / elementary school students.)
* Revised on April 1, 2016

Required time for BOSAI Tourism Contents

Minimum: 60 minutes, Maximum: 180 minutes

Disaster Categories

Earthquake / Tsunami

Disaster phases of the contents




How to implement BOSAI Tourism Contents

Lecture / Lecture tour / Self-guided tour

Organization Names

Rias Ark Museum of Art


Tel: 0226-24-1611