Walking on Drift Ice
The pride of Yamaguchi Prefecture, Tsunoshima Ohashi Bridge (Great Tsunoshima Bridge) is the second-longest bridge in all of Japan. It connects the westernmost tip of Yamaguchi to the white shores of the picturesque island of Tsunoshima. The 1.5-kilometer bridge, with its gentle slopes and almost perfectly straight course, is an inviting destination for cyclists, motorists, and walkers out for a leisurely stroll. The island of Tsunoshima, with its secluded shores and distinctive historical architecture, exudes the wistful, romantic atmosphere of a forgotten era, attracting love-struck couples and adventurous souls alike.
Once you reach the island, a brilliant white tower stands out from the ocean vista. The first Western-style lighthouse constructed in Japan in 1876, Tsunoshima Lighthouse has an observatory deck that offers a panoramic view of the island. For couples or those looking to snag the ultimate shot for social media bragging rights, this lighthouse is a must-see.
From the secluded lighthouse, the gentle undulations of the tide and the majesty of the vibrant turquoise waters stretching to and beyond the horizon work in tandem to clear the senses, offering a place of respite for the weary traveler. At night, the heartwarming glow of the lighthouse’s lantern will soothe your soul and banish all worries into the darkness of night.
Nestled on a hill overlooking the Shiokaze Cobalt Blue Beach, one can spy a charming summer chapel…or is it? This structure was built for the set of the Japanese film Four Day Miracle, which was shot on Tsunoshima. On the outside it certainly looks like a chapel, but on the inside you’ll find no place for prayer. Sorry to ruin the mood, but it’s actually a public toilet!
Right next to the chapel, you can camp at the Tsunoshima Great Bay Campground. Located close to the beach, it offers striking views of the lighthouse as well. At sunset the sea shines like liquid gold, and when night falls, the sky comes alive with a view you can only see from the island—a sweep of brilliant stars as far as the eye can see.
Airport: Yamaguchi Ube Airport
The Great Tsunoshima Bridge
The bridge is accessible 24 hours a day.
The bridge is toll-free.
Tsunoshima – Kanda, Houhokucho, Shimonoseki City, Yamaguchi Prefecture
The bridge is a 15-minute bus ride from JR Kottoi Station or a 25-minute bus ride from JR Takibe Station, both on the JR San’in Main Line. By car, it is a 70-minute drive from the Chugoku Expressway Shimonoseki IC.
The lighthouse is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (May to September) or 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (October to April).
Adults: 200 yen
Entrance is free for children of elementary school age or younger.
Tsunoshima Lighthouse Park
2343-2 Tsunoshima, Houhokucho, Shimonoseki City, Yamaguchi Prefecture
+81-83-786-0108 (Tsunoshima Lighthouse Park)
From JR Kottoi Station on the San’in Main Line, take the bus and disembark at the Todaikouenmae bus stop (33 minutes), then walk 3 minutes to the park.
By car, it is an approximately 70-minute drive via the Shimonoseki I.C.
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