★【UPDATE: February 11th, 2020】Impact of Typhoon Hagibis on the MCT Route
A wide area of the Michinoku Coastal Trail was damaged by Typhoon Hagibis, which directly impacted many areas of Japan in October.
With the cooperation of the 4 prefectures and 28 municipalities on the trail, the Ministry of the Environment, local groups including satellite facilities, and local people, we’re gathering information on route closures and spots that hikers need to be extra careful walking. We’re posting this information on the table below and on Google Maps. (We’re very sorry, this Google Map is shown in Japanese. )
About a month has passed since Typhoon Hagibis, and while some sections are now walkable, with closures lifted, there are still areas with fallen trees and landslide damage. When you hike, be careful. Please use your judgement to make sure you’re being safe as you walk. If somewhere feels dangerous to walk, please don’t force yourself to walk through anyway: take measures to stay safe, like turning back.
Michinoku Trail Club staff member are also directly conducting surveys of damage with the cooperation of expert hikers. We’re collecting and preparing this information, working to let you know as soon as possible what sections are walkable, and what sections aren’t yet ready to walk.
We are very sorry for the inconvenience. Thank you for your understanding and support!