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  • Cape Irago Lighthouse
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    Aichi Pref. Taharashi Iragochou Koyama
    A lighthouse which stands on the tip of the Atsumi Peninsula which has been selected as one of the 50 most scenic lighthouses in Japan. From the area of the lighthouse, you can get a sweeping view of the Pacific Ocean, Ise Bay, and Mikawa Bay. The lighthouse serves a valuable role as a marker for ships coming into and leaving port. The medium-sized, white-walled lighthouse stands out against the blue of the ocean and sky. Visitors may only explore the area around the lighthouse; the interior is closed to the general public.
  • Sunosaki Lighthouse
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    Chiba Pref. Tateyamashi Sunosaki 1043
    "This 15-meter-tall lighthouse, standing on the southwestern tip of the Boso Peninsula, was first lit up in 1919. The structure is registered as a National Tangible Cultural Property. Marguerites and rapeseed flowers have been planted around the lighthouse, leading to some referring to the area as ""Cape Marguerite."" On clear days, visitors to this picturesque destination can get a sweeping view encompassing sights such as Mt. Fuji and Izu Oshima Island."
  • Taitosaki Lighthouse
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    Chiba Pref. Isumishi Misakichouizumi 3508
    A lighthouse located on Cape Taito on the southernmost tip of Kujukuri Beach. The reinforced concrete structure stands 15.9 meters tall and its light can be seen from 41 kilometers away. The lighthouse area is also known as a picturesque area with a sweeping view of the Pacific Ocean's vast horizon, and on New Year's Day, many tourists make their way to take in the sight of the first sunrise of the new year. On weekends, a local NPO sells regional specialty products and holds the Lighthouse Festival here each year on May 4.
  • Ioka Lighthouse
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    Chiba Pref. Asahishi Kaminagai 1309-1
    A small lighthouse which stands on the grounds of Kaminagai Park on the Gyobu Cape, looking out from the cape over a panorama consisting of the surrounding Ioka Port, Kujukuri Beach, Byobugaura, and the Pacific Ocean. The sight of the lighthouse standing on the tip of the cape has been featured in numerous photographs, poems, and paintings. Note that visitors are not allowed to enter the interior of the lighthouse.
  • Kashinozaki Lighthouse
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    Wakayama Pref. Higashimurogunkushimotochou Kashino
    Standing atop the Kashino cliffs, this is Japan’s oldest lighthouse with a still working light. When ships from all over the world began visiting Japan after the country’s borders opened, this lighthouse was constructed according to a design by British engineer Richard Henry Brunton. The daffodils that bloom profusely on the premises are said to have been planted by the British engineers to remind them of their hometown.
  • Kiihino Misaki Lighthouse
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    Wakayama Pref. Hidakagunhidakachou Ao 1990-35
    This white-walled lighthouse stands 17 meters tall at the tip of the Kii Peninsula's Hino Misaki Cape. It used to be in Mihama Town, Hidaka County, but fissures appeared in the surrounding ground and it was relocated to its current spot in 2017 as a safety measure. The location is part of Enju Kaigan Prefectural Natural Park, and the area around the lighthouse is known as Hinomisaki Park. There is a haiku monument carved with Takahama Kyoshi's work, as well as a hill dedicated to Johannes Knudsen.
  • Cape Nosappu Lighthouse
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    Hokkaido Nemuroshi Nosappu
    This, Hokkaido's oldest lighthouse, is on Japan's easternmost point. Crowds flock here to see Japan's earliest New Year sunrise. The white chalk structure has been chosen one of Japan's Top 50 Lighthouses, and on Marine Day, or November 1st Lighthouse Day, normal visitors can tour the inside.
  • Cape Toi Lighthouse
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    Miyazaki Pref. Kushimashi Ono Toi Cape 80-2
    This is a lighthouse which was constructed in 1929 and lies at the southernmost tip of Miyazaki Prefecture, which leaves a strong impression amid the blue sea with its white chalk walls. There are splendid views to be had from atop the 255-meter-high cliff, and tours inside are also available.
  • Kadowakisaki Lighthouse
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    Shizuoka Pref. Itoushi Futo
    The white Kadowakisaki lighthouse with observation deck is one of the sightseeing highlights of the popular Jogasaki Coast in Ito City, Shizuoka Prefecture. With a total height of 24.9 meters, the first observation deck sits at 17 meters high and the second at four meters. As well as being a popular spot for photographs, on clear days it is also a fabulous scenic spot with views of the distant Izu Shichito Islands and the Amagi Mountains. The lighthouse is also situated right next door to the Kadowaki Suspension Bridge where you can experience the thrill of precipitous cliffs.
  • Irozaki Lighthouse
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    Shizuoka Pref. Kamogunminamizuchou Irouzaki
    Irozaki Lighthouse is located at Cape Irozaki in Minamiizu Town, at the southernmost tip of the Izu Peninsula. There are spectacular views of nearby islands; when the weather is good, you can see as far as Miyake Island. Usually, the interior of the lighthouse is off-limits to visitors, but visitors are allowed inside on one day in November each year. The area around the lighthouse forms part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. Irozaki Lighthouse was selected for inclusion in the list of “Japan’s 50 Most Beautiful Lighthouses.”
  • Jogashima Lighthouse
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    Kanagawa Pref. Miurashi Misakimachi Jougashima
    This lighthouse on Jogashima Island of the Miura Peninsula in Kanagawa beams across the Sagami channel of water. With its picturesque scenery, on a clear day one can see as far as Izuoshima Island as well as Mt. Fuji. The Jogashima lighthouse was designated as one of the romance sanctuaries for the Love Lighthouse Project. It is a popular site for couples to visit to enrich their love one for another.
  • Noma Lighthouse
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    Aichi Pref. Chitagunmihamachou Onoura Iwanari 20-1
    Built in 1921, the Noma Lighthouse is the oldest lighthouse in the prefecture. Its official name is the Nomazaki Lighthouse. A symbol of the town of Mihama, the white of the lighthouse’s walls shines against the blue of the sea and sky. Serving as a marker for boats, the lighthouse is also famous for shining its light on lovers. Visitors who seek to deepen their bond with someone special will pledge their love by placing a padlock on a nearby rail. They then exchange vows of love by ringing the bell in front of the lighthouse facing Ise Bay. Known as a sanctuary for lovers, the lighthouse is visited by large numbers of people each year.
  • Anorisaki Lighthouse
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    Mie Pref. Shimashi Agochouanori 794-1
    A lighthouse was first erected here in 1681 by the Edo shogunate government to guide ships. Most Japanese lighthouses are round, but the Anorisaki Lighthouse is square, the 20th such constructed in Japan. The lovely white structure has been selected as one of the top 50 lighthouses in Japan and in 2013 it was designated a Tangible Cultural Property.
  • Mugisaki Lighthouse
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    Mie Pref. Shimashi Shimachoukatada
    With its white-walled exterior, Mugisaki Lighthouse watches over the boats navigating the Fuseda waterway, and is well known as a place where one can hear the sound of the ama (female diver) sea whistles during the dive season, having been selected as one of Japan’s 100 Scenic Sound Spots. Located on the very southern tip of Shima Town, Shima City, to the east is Nakiri Lighthouse, while to the west one can see Fuseda Kojima Island and Wagu Oshima Island.
  • Yoroizaki Lighthouse
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    Mie Pref. Tobashi Kuzakichou 254-2
    This limestone lighthouse was built on the edge of Kuzaki. The “oyashio” and “kuroshio” currents meet in the surrounding area, making for treacherous waters, so this lighthouse was built to protect fishing vessels. The interior is not accessible, but visitors can view the sea from the structure. Right nearby is a rocky stretch called “Yoroizaki,” from which it gets its name. Legend has it that the name “Yoroizaki” was chosen when Yamahito no Mikoto, seeking the place where Amaterasu was enshrined, visited Kuzaki and removed his yoroi (meaning armor) on the promontory.
  • Rokkosaki Lighthouse
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    Ishikawa Pref. Suzushi Noroshimachi
    Famous for being a place where you can see the sun rise over the ocean and set over the ocean, the Rokkosaki Lighthouse is on the northernmost tip of Noto Peninsula, located at the nexus of the inner and outer bays. It is a chalk lighthouse built in the Meiji period—one still active today. As an unmanned lighthouse, the Rokkosaki Lighthouse is only open to the public a few times each year.
  • Nyudosaki Lighthouse
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    Akita Pref. Ogashi Kitauranyudouzaki Kombura
    On the tip of Oga Peninsula, 40 degrees north, sits Nyudosaki. This lighthouse is a symbol of the peninsula with its striking white and black stripes, and has been selected as one of Top 50 Lighthouses of Japan. It is also a tourist spot with a restaurant that offers souvenirs and fresh seafood.
  • Cape Muroto Lighthouse
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    Kouchi Pref. Murotoshi Murotomisakichou
    This lighthouse is the symbol of Cape Muroto, which juts out into the deep-blue sea. The contrast between the chalk-white lighthouse and the vast ocean expanse is gorgeous, making it a popular spot for taking in the view. The lens has a diameter of 2.6 meters making it one of the largest in Japan. Every year on the Sundays before and after November 1st, a “Lighthouse Festival” is held and the interior is opened to the public.
  • Cape Ashizuri Lighthouse
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    Kouchi Pref. Tosashimizushi Ashizurimisaki
    Standing 18 meters tall on the tip of Cape Ashizuri, this chalk-white lighthouse is one of the largest in Japan, shining 460,000 candelas worth of light. The observation deck offers a breathtaking panoramic 270-degree view. Witnessing the grandeur of the Pacific Ocean from here really makes the curvature of the earth stand out.
  • Sadamisaki Lighthouse
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    Ehime Pref. Nishiuwagunikatachou Shouno
    This white lighthouse is located at the tip of the Sadamisaki Peninsula in Setonaikai National Park. This white lighthouse stands at the end of Satamisaki Peninsula, where it is said that it is the longest and most narrow peninsula in Japan. The lighthouse has been in operation for over 90 years since its first lighting in 1918. It is a scenic landmark where on clear days you can view Takashima and Kyushu in the distance across the Hoyo Straight. It is especially beautiful at sunset. In 1998 it was selected as one of the Japan Coast Guard’s top 50 lighthouses in the country. Although the walkway leading to the lighthouse is well maintained, it is long with a lot of ups and downs. Please be careful.

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