Just two out of the 64 beaches in the area that was the most affected after the March quake and tsunami plan to open this summer, a survey by the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper showed.
Funado and Jodogahama beaches are set to open. The other 62 beaches in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures will remain closed, as officials are still making huge efforts to remove debris. All 16 beaches in the Fukushima Prefecture will stay closed.
Some beaches even completely disappeared after the land had collapsed during the March earthquake. Shipping containers were washed up on the shore in Miyagi Prefecture and, three months after the disaster, they can still be seen at the Shobuta beach in Shichigahamamachi.
Almost 2 million people visit the 64 beaches each year.
The officials are trying to reopen the resorts in order to send a confidence message about recovery efforts. "We want to convey to the nation that Miyako is fine and recovering by opening the [Jodogahama] beach," an official of the Miyako city office’s commercial and tourism department said.