The Seto Inland Sea, Japan’s largest inland sea, is dotted with countless islands and known for its “multi-island beauty.” This time, we are introducing the “Komogakushi Onsen Hotel Sanyo Club,” located on the secluded Iwagi Island in the center of the Seto Inland Sea. The name “Komogakushi” (“Hidden in Reeds”) comes from a story that tells that a Jizo statue wrapped in reeds once washed up at the cape on the hotel’s grounds.
The Uegushikujo castle ruins lay on Kume Island, around 100 kilometers west of Okinawa’s main island.With an altitude of 310 meters, the ruins are the highest point in Okinawa Prefecture.The view from the castle ruins is truly picturesque. The 360°view not only lets you overlook the entirety of Kume Island, but you can also see Hatenohama, neighboring islands, and even Okinawa’s main island when the weather is clear.
Kokonoe “Dream” Great Suspension BridgeRead Later
The “Dream” Great Suspension Bridge is a pedestrian suspension bridge opened in 2006. It boasts a length of 390 meters, a height of 173 meters, and a width of 1.5 meters.
It is the highest-up pedestrian bridge in Japan!
Sakurajima is an active composite volcano located in Kagoshima Bay. It is a symbol of Kagoshima, and part of Kirishima-Yaku National Park. The volcano began to form around 26,000 years ago, and it has had 17 major eruptions. Sakurajima used to be an island, as its name suggests (shima means island), but the lava flow from the 1914 eruption filled the strait between Sakurajima and the mainland, connecting it to the Osumi Peninsula. Even in the present day, Sakurajima has small-scale eruptions nearly daily.
However, many people live on Sakurajima. It is said that volcanoes are a source of blessings, including delicious crops and hot springs that relieve people’s fatigue.
The smoke that Sakurajima spews is powerful and entrancing, making it a popular attraction.
Takachiho GorgeRead Later
Takachiho Gorge is a narrow v-shaped chasm, made over thousands of years by the Gokase River’s erosion of Mt. Ase’s volcanic rock.
It is a beautiful area, surrounded by cliffs that average 80 meters in height (reaching up to 100 meters) and extending along for 7 kilometers.
Takachiho Gorge has been designated as a National Place of Scenic Beauty.
I visited another icicle formation, other than the “Icicles of Misotsuchi,” on January 11th, 2016. The icicle formation I’ll introduce this time is conveniently accessible on foot from the nearby station.
Daikanbo is the highest peak of the Aso mountain chain. Daikanbo’s mountain overlook is the most popular of all the overlooks in the Aso mountain chain. Thanks in part to this amazing view, Daikanbo became part of Aso Kuju National Park when it was established in 1934.
Kankakei (Ropeway)Read Later
Kankakei is a gorge in Kagawa Prefecture’s Shodo Island. It is located in the heart of Setonaikai National Park.
The valley of Kankakei was formed over thousands of years as volcanic andesite and agglomerate were thrust upward via shifting of the earth’s mantle and eroded by rain and wind, creating a spectacular scene of sheer cliffs and rock formations.
It has been recognized as one of the Three Great Valleys of Beauty in Japan, one of the 100 Landscapes of Japan, as well as one of the “100 Natural Heritage Sites in Japan of the 21st Century.”