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Eternal Relief
Heritage of Disaster Prevention Through the Memories of Tsunami and Recovery in Hirogawa

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Pine trees stand guard along the coastal town of Hirogawa. The floodwall has been fortified to such a height that you have to look up to see the trees. The embankment creates a buffer zone between the town and the ocean. Disaster prevention measures overlapping this floodwall include the breakwater in the harbor and the levee along the water. The town on the other side of the floodwall boasts palatial wooden homes of three stories, thick tile roofs, and outer walls of stucco and plank lumber. Roads extending to higher points in town and the overlapping eaves of tightly packed homes along the narrow alleys were all designed with disaster preparedness in mind. The town was hit by a tsunami in the Edo era (1603-1868) and managed to rebuild and recover from this disaster. Now it resembles a miniature illustration of Japan’s culture of disaster relief. Memories of the tsunami are passed down in Hirogawa from generation to generation and are still evident in the town’s day-to-day existence.

CULTURAL PROPERTIES

ACCESS

  • Train
    • JR Tokyo Sta.(Tokaido Shinkansen)~JR Shin-Osaka Sta.(Express Kuroshio)~JR Yuasa Sta.(Approx. 4hr30min)
  • Car
    • From Osaka (Kinki Expressway/Hanwa Expressway)~Arida IC(Route42)~Hirogawa Town(Approx. 1hr30min)
  • Airplane
    • Haneda Airport~Kansai International Airport~ JR Kansai Airport Sta.(Kanku Kaisoku)~JR Hineno Sta.(Express Kuroshio)~JR Yuasa Sta.(Approx. 2hr30min)
  • Express Bus
    • Tokyo Sta. (JR Shikoku Bus)~JR Kochi Sta.(Dosan Line)~JR Yasuda Sta.
    • Nagoya Sta.(JR Shikoku Bus)~JR Kochi Sta.(Dosan Line)~JR Yasuda Sta

CONTACT

  • Hirogawa Town Policy Planning Division
  • TEL:0737-23-7731

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