A tour of the nature in Nishinoshima
What we'll do
You are sure to be struck by the natural beauty that is unique to islands surrounded by the sea on this tour. Matengai Cliff that boasts a height of 257 meters has been eroded from marine erosion, and you can also see cows and horses calmly walking around the pasture that spreads out on the summit. When you walk along the Matengai Promenade that was made nearby, you will arrive at Tsutenkyo that is another highlight. The rock that has been gouged out by the waves as formed into a bridge shape, allowing you to sense the power of Mother Nature. Since ancient times, Takuhi Jinja Shrine has gathered together faith for a god who protects people at sea, and the main shrine building that has even been designated an important cultural property has a mystical ambiance about it.
- Price per person
- 5,000 JPY ~ / person
- Max participants
- Up to 4 people
- Hosted in English
- Things you need to know before the tour
-Taxis or rental cars are recommended for transportation.
-Transportation and Admission fees are not included in the price.
-Recommend comfortable shoes.
Matengai Cliff is one of Japan's foremost sea cliffs, with a sheer vertical drop of 257 meters to sea level. The cliffs are said to be the largest scenic spot in the Oki Islands, designated as part of the Daisen-Oki National Park. One excellent way to enjoy Matengai Cliff is via the Kuniga Kaigan Coast sightseeing boats; passengers aboard can gaze up at the meadows at the top of the cliffs. On these pastures, horses and cattle can be seen grazing peacefully. Another beautiful view is Tsutenkyo, the last point of the Matengai Promenade, which has been chosen as one of Japan's Top 100 Sunset Spots. The sunset at Kannon-Iwa, also known as Candle Rock, is one you'll want to see at least once in your lifetime.
Tsutenkyo is a giant bridge-shaped rock protruding into the sea. Caves and cliffs of rough basalt eroded by the sea span about seven kilometers along the Kuniga Kaigan Coast, the largest scenic spot in the Oki Islands and designated as part of the Daisen-Oki National Park. Tsutenkyo was created by volcanic activity over five million years ago, and the central area of the stone shape has been hollowed out by marine erosion, creating its arch-like shape. Even today, the rock continues to erode. Stop by and visit to see this unusual phenomenon created by nature.
3Takuhi Jinja Shrine
Halfway up Mt. Takuhiyama, Takuhi Jinja Shrine has been worshipped since long ago as a deity that protects the safety of voyages. After climbing the steep, two-kilometer-long mountain road from the parking lot, visitors will arrive at a building called Unpyokaku. This is the chief priest's principal residence, and during certain times worshippers can also stay overnight to pray. In addition, walking a short way through the shrine grounds surrounded by old cedar trees will reveal the beautiful main shrine building inside the carved-out hollow of a rock wall. The unique and fascinating scenery that can been viewed from the trees is certainly not something to miss. In order to reach Takuhi Jinja Shrine, visitors will need to take a ferry. It is customary for boats departing from Nishinoshima to sound a foghorn, which is said to be a prayer to protect the voyages to the shrine.