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KushimotoMap of KushimotoKushimoto is a town at the southernmost part of Wakayama Prefecture, and is located about 120 km southeast of Wakayama city.

The south part of the is a small peninsula, and the central area of the town is on the narrow land connecting the peninsula and the main land.
The southwest tip of the peninsula is Shionomisaki cape, and is located at the southernmost point of Honshu Island.
But the whole penisula is often called "Shionomisaki".
There is Kii-Oshima island to the east of the peninsula, and a bridge connects the peninsula and the island.

Shionomisaki faces vast Pacific Ocean.
The enormous warm current (Kuroshio in Japanese) flows near Shionomisaki, so it is warm around this region.

Kushimoto Town : Kushimoto town tourism association official website

Popular spots in Kushimoto

  • Hashikui-iwa rocks /1/ : About 40 rocks on a straight line from the coast toward the sea. The length is about 850 meters.
    They are located about 2 km northeast of central Kushimoto town, and are the symbol of Kushimoto.
    The view of the rising sun is very popular.
    They are has been designated as national natural treasures.
    "Hashikui-iwa" means "rocks like bridge piers".
  • Shionomisaki cape /2/ : The cape at the southernmost point of Honshu Island.
    The coast around the cape has cliffs several tens of meters high, but wide and flat ground covered with lawn spreads on the top of cliffs. The ground of lawn is called "Bourou no Shibafu".
    There are a lighthouse and an observation tower with shops and restaurants around the cape.
    In the tower, the visitors can get the certification of visiting the southernmost point of Honshu Island.
  • Kushimoto Marine Park /3/ : The Japan's first marine park founded in 1970.
    It has an aquarium and an undersea observation tower.
    In the sea around this park, a few kinds of coral has made their habitats. So this area has been inscribed as a registered wetlands under the Ramsar Convention.
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How to get to here

By railroad and route bus

By JR limited express "Kuroshio", to Kushimoto, about 3 hours from Ten'noji in Osaka, about 1 hour from Shirahama.
Then, by route bus, about 17 minutes to Shionomisaki, about 13 minutes Kushimoto Marine Park, from JR Kushimoto station.

Hashikui-iwa at dawn
Photo by Kogashitsu-kabegami
Shionomisaki lighthouse
Observation tower at Shionomisaki Entrance of Kushimoto Marine Park
Undersea observation tower of Kushimoto Marine Park Fishes in the sea by the Marinde Park

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