Translated by Takuya Erik Watanabe
Breathtaking Emerald Green Water! Tsunoshima In Yamaguchi
Written by Ai Yoneda
Tsunoshima in Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi is gathering attention for its emerald green ocean view. In this article we'll be introducing what you can do on Tsunoshima.
A breathtaking view of emerald green. Did you know that there was such a beautiful place in Japan?
Today, we introduce Tsunoshima of Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi. Tsunoshima is ranked as third in the world and number one in Japan in the book "Beautiful Sights You Want To Visit Before You Die." We will also include information about food in Tsunoshima, and attractions other than the Tsunoshima Ohashi bridge.
Tsunoshima is an island located in the northwest region of Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi. The photo we shared at the beginning of the article is Tsunoshima Ohashi bridge. The island got the name "Tsunoshima" ("Horn Island") because its two capes stick out like the horns of a cow.
The secret to the brilliant emerald green color is in Tsunoshima's sand. Sand at most beaches in Japan consists of crushed rock and has a grayish dark color. However, the sand at Tsunoshima consists of crushed shells, creating a whiter color. The white sand reflects the sunlight stronger, resulting in shining cobalt blue water.
Since Tsunoshima Ohashi bridge opened in 2000 this beautiful sight has gathered much attention and has often been used as a filming location for television dramas and commercials.
Now let's see what we can find on the island.
This is the filming location of the chapel that was used in the movie "Yokkakan no Kiseki." It has been left as it was for filming. This chapel played a very important part in the movie.
Right behind the chapel is the seashore. Visitors can admire the beautiful combination of chapel and sea. They say there are many people who enjoy swimming and camping at Ohama Kaisuiyokujo beach during the summer.
By the way, this chapel set was made by covering up a public restroom. It can still be used as a public restroom today.
Located near the chapel is Tsunoshima Shizenkan, where you can learn about the ecosystems around Tsunoshima.
Within the building, visitors will find various displays such as a skeletal specimen of Omura's whale, a whale species newly discovered in 1998, as well as a wide variety of shells from around the world. 200 yen is needed as an admission co-operation expense.
Further into the island you will find a lighthouse. This lighthouse is symbolic of Tsunoshima. Built in 1876, it was the first Western style lighthouse on the Sea of Japan side. Its stone body fits in well with its beautiful surroundings.
The landing of the lighthouse beyond the spiral staircase is a perfect spot to admire Tsunoshima and the surrounding Sea of Japan. There is an admission fee of 150 yen to climb the lighthouse.
Going even further down the road in front of the lighthouse, we found an isolated torii gate.
Surrounded by walls of stacked rock, we are in a very unusual place.
Passing through the torii gate and moving ahead, we found a main shrine made from stone. The rock serving as a nameplate reads "Ryujin," the god of the ocean.
After strolling the island, you might be feeling hungry. It's time to enjoy some fresh seafood! There are several huts near the lighthouse where you can cook and eat seafood on the spot.
Also nearby the huts you will find squid being dried. The sight of countless opened-up squid twirling around at high speed is very unique - we couldn't take our eyes off them.
This is a broiled squid we purchased at one of the huts. Cooked on the spot, it had a pleasant smell and strong salty taste that brought out the flavor of the squid.
At the island's cafeteria, visitors can also enjoy fresh sashimi. The beige slices in the front of the photo are turban shell, which has a great crunchy texture. You should definitely try these delicacies especially because Tsunoshima offers fresh seafood daily.
You don't have to go all the way to Okinawa to enjoy an emerald green ocean view. We hope you visit Tsunoshima, Yamaguchi!
Address: Yamaguchi, Shimonoseki, Hohoku, Tsunoshima
Nearest Station: JR Kottoi Station
Access: 23 minutes by Blue Line Bus (for Tsunoshima) from JR Kottoi Station
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