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Tomonoura port

Tomonoura portMap of TomonouraTomonoura is an old port town facing Seto Inland Sea (Seto Naikai), and is located about 15 km south of central Fukuyama city.
There is a round cove about 500 meters in diameter, and it has been used as a small port.

The sea around Tomonoura is just at the center of Seto Inland Sea.
When the tide comes in, the seawaters from east and from west hit each other here.
And when the tide is out, the seaweters flow to the east and to the east from here.
So the ships sailing on this sea had waited for the change of the flow in this port.

Many temples and shrines had been built since the 9th century around this port, and this town developed.
Due to improvement of sailing skills, the need for waiting had been decreacing since the 19th century, then this port became a small fishing port.

But its beautiful scenery was appreciated, then the Emperor family had sometimes visited here.
And this area was designated as a part of the national park.

Around the port, some facilities of the port in the 17-18th centuries remain.
And old houses are in the town.
But now, this town remains divided over the landfill of the port for the construction of a road.

"Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea" is a 2008 Japanese animated film by Studio Ghibli.
Hayao Miyazaki, its director, plotted the film by staying here for two months.

"Haru no Umi" (The Sea in Spring) is a famous Japanese music for koto (Japanese harp) and shakuhachi (bamboo vertical flute).
It was composed by Michio Miyagi (1894-1956) in 1929.
He lost his sight at the age of eight, but he composed this piece from his childhood image of the sea of Tomonoura that he saw before he lost his eyesight.

  • Lighthouse /1/ : The symbol of Tomonoura. It was built in 1859, and the height is 5.5 meters.
    Candles were used as the light. The nickname is "Tourodou".
  • Irohamaru Museum /2/ : Irohamaru was a trading ship of Kaientai which was a trading society in the end of Edo Period (1603-1868).
    The leader was Ryoma Sakamoto (1836-1867), a hero at the end of the samurai period, and the ship sank off the coast of Tomonoura in 1867.
    In this museum, the articles from sunken ship are displayed.
  • Oota Residence /3/ : The residence of medicinal liquor brewery built in the 18th century.
  • Fukuzenji temple /4/ : The Buddhist temple of Shingon Buddhism founded around 950.
    The reception hall "Taichourou" was built around 1690, and was used for the delegacy from Korea.
  • Tomonoura Museum of History and Folklore /5/ : The museum introducing the history and culture of Tomonoura.
    It is on the ruin of Tomo Castle.
  • Iouji temple /6/ : The temple of Shingon Buddhism. It is said that it was founded in 826 by high priest Kuukai.
    The scenery from this temple is one of the best places in Tomonoura.
  • Numakuma Shrine /7/ : The Shinto shrine. It is unknown when this shrine was founded.
    A god of sea has been enshrined.
  • Ankokuji temple /8/ : The temple of Rinzai Zen sect founded in 1273.
    Shakado temple and afew Buddha statues are designated as national important cultural properties.
  • Benten Island /9/ : The small island located about 0.2 km east of Tomonoura.
    There is Betendo temple on the island.
  • Sensui Island /10/ : The island located about 0.3 km east of Tomonoura.
    It is the symbol of the scenery from Tomonoura.
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How to get to here

By route bus

By route bus, about 30 minute from Fukuyama station on San'yo Shinkansen.

Small port of Tomonoura
Lighthouse Photo by Railstation.net
Irohamaru Museum
Photo by Fukuyama City
Model of Irohamaru on the sea floor
Photo by Fukuyama City
Oota Residence
Photo by Fukuyama City
Photo by Railstation.net
A room of Taichourou in Fukuzenji
Photo by Fukuyama City
Exhibits in Tomonoura Museum of History and Folklore
Iouji A view from Iouji
Numakuma Shrine
Photo by Fukuyama City
Photo by Fukuyama City
Statues in Ankokuji Benten island
Photo by Fukuyama City
Tomonoura and Sensui Island
Photo by Fukuyama City

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