Mount Hikami (875 m) extends over Rikuzentakata-shi and Ofunato-shi. The mountain is made up of the oldest granite, known in Japan, called Hikami Granite, which formed 450 million years ago (late Ordovician period of the Paleozoic era).
Japan 2016, the miracle pine at Takata Matsubara, Rikuzentakata.
The Mt. Hikami in the background.
The ‘miracle pine’ (kiseki no matsu) that survived the 2011 tsunami in Rikuzentakata, Japan.
Before the earthquake, Rikuzentakata was known for the ‘Takata Matsubara‘, a two kilometer long stretch of shoreline covered by some 70'000 pine trees. The coast was ranked among the top 100 landscapes of Japan.
Rikuzentakata was devastated by the tsunami, which swept away much of the city center and all the pine trees, only a single tree was left standing. 18 months later the 27 metres high and 200 years old tree died from salt toxicity and was cut down for preservation. It has since been reinstalled as a permanent memorial.