Welcome to Sanriku Kaigan
Almost all of the low-lying areas of towns and villages here were levelled. It's a humbling experience to see what remains and to try to imagine what was here before. Businesses are emerging and re-establishing themselves, while new restaurants and hotels are popping up everywhere.
Self-driving in the area is recommended. The towns of Tōno to the north and Ichinoseki to the south are the two major inland towns you're likely to pass through, but if you come this far it's worth taking your time and staying at least a night or two.