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Obae Lighthouse

Obae Lighthouse



Obae Lighthouse


Located at the northern tip of Ikitsuki Island, this white lighthouse is build at the top of steep cliffs that rise almost 100 metres straight out of the sea. Standing at the top of the cliffs, the sweeping views over the sea are impressive.

The lighthouse is officially called Obae Hana Lighthouse and was built in 1958. As it is located at the top of the cliffs it does not need to be very tall but it is one of the few lighthouses in Japan where one can climb up and enjoy the views from the viewing platform for free.

Watching the sunsets from here is also popular. It is visited by lots of tourists and has become one of the iconic places of Hirado.

  • Location: Northern tip of Ikitsuki Island
  • Access: 20 minute drive from Ikitsuki Bridge
  • Parking: 10 car park spaces plus a parking lot for coaches nearby
  • Contact: Hirado Tourism, Commerce and Industry Division, Telephone: 0950-22-4111


Oga Precipice


The Oga precipice is located on Oshima Island where nature is still abound. On the north east coast of the island are these steep cliffs, not too far away from the harbour of Onezaka.

From the parking lot you can follow the walkway to the viewing point where the sea stretches out in front of you and the cliffs are right beneath your eyes.

Above these cliffs is the Oga camp site where one can camp all year round.

  • Location: Oshima Island
  • Access:15 minutes by car from Konoura port and 20 minutes from Azuchi port
  • Parking: 15 car park spaces
  • Contact: Hirado Tourism, Commerce and Industry Division, Telephone: 0950-22-4111
Oga Precipice

Oga Precipice
Ikitsuki basalt columns


Ikitsuki basalt columns

The west coast of Ikitsuki Island consists almost entirely of cliffs but halfway up the coast there are rock formations that stand out These are the Ikitsuki basalt columns called `shiodawara` in Japanese which means `salt bag` since they resemble the shape of traditional Japanese straw bags used to pack salt.

The rock is cracked vertically so it creates pillar-like rock formations. The basalt columns are mostly hexagonal and sometimes pentagonal. Over a distance of about 500 metres these columns form the coastline, sometimes up to 20 metres high and are one of the 100 special sights in Nagasaki prefecture.

  • Location: Ikitsuki Island, west coast
  • Access:15 minutes by car from Ikitsuki Bridge
  • Parking: 15 car park spaces
  • Contact: Hirado Tourism, Commerce and Industry Division, Telephone: 0950-22-4111




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