Lighthouses of Japan: Iwate

This page lists lighthouses of Iwate Prefecture, near the northeastern corner of Honshū, Japan's largest island. This coast, called the Rikuchū Coast (Rikuchū Kaigan), is mostly rugged and spectacular--and dangerous to navigation. For 180 km (115 mi) south of Kuji, a narrow strip of land along the coast has been preserved as the Rikuchū Kaigan National Park. Most of these lighthouses are located in the park.

This coast was devastated by the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami of 2011 March 11. Most of the lighthouses are high enough above the sea to escape the tsunami; most were damaged by the earthquake but have been returned to service. Harbor lights, however, were mostly overturned or destroyed by the tsunami, and repairs to harbor facilities will take more time.

In Japanese, the word for a lighthouse is tōdai or toudai (灯台). The words saki and misaki are for capes and headlands, shima (also spelled sima or jima) is an island, wan is a bay, andis a harbor. Lighthouses in Japan are operated and maintained by the Japanese Coast Guard's Maritime Safety Agency. On Honshū there is usually one Coast Guard Section Office in each prefecture; for Iwate the section office is at Kamaishi.

ARLHS numbers are from the ARLHS World List of Lights. JCG numbers are the Japanese Coast Guard's light list numbers. Admiralty numbers are from volume M of the Admiralty List of Lights & Fog Signals. U.S. NGA List numbers are from Publication 112.

General Sources
Lighthouses in Japan - Iwate
A comprehensive site, although almost entirely in Japanese
Lighthouse of Japan - Iwate
Another comprehensive site, also in Japanese.
Form of a Lighthouse - Iwate Prefecture
This web site has photos for many lighthouses in Iwate.
Misty's Japanese Lighthouse Tour - Iwate
Photos and notes for lighthouses in all parts of the country.
Lighthouses in Iwate Prefecture
Photos available from Wikimedia.
Iwate Lighthouses
A large collection of photos posted in 2008.
Iwate Lighthouses
Information and photos for four major lighthouses posted by the Kamaishi Coast Guard Office.
Lighthouse Photos - Iwate
Photos posted by the Coast Guard Second Region office.
The Famous Fifty Lighthouses
Photos of the lighthouses voted most famous in Japan, posted by the Eighth Coast Guard Region. Two of the fifty stand in Iwate (Kuro Saki and Toda Saki).
Lighthouse Database of Japan
A useful listing of all the JCG lights, with their locations, posted by the Weather and Marine Company, Ltd.

Kuro Saki Light
Kuro Saki Light, Fudai, August 2010
Wikimedia Creative Commons photo by kumasan114

Kunohe District Lighthouses
Taneichi Kō East Breakwater
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 13 m (43 ft); two red flashes every 6 s. 10 m (33 ft) concrete post rising from a square 1-story equipment room. Entire lighthouse is red. Several views of the lighthouse are available, and Bing has a satellite view. The tsunami's waves at Taneich were 5.5 m (18 ft) high, enough to do major damage, but the lighthouses survived. Located at the end of the detached outer breakwater of Taneich, a fishing port about 20 km (13 mi) southeast of Hachinohe. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1133; JCG-1627; Admiralty M6615; NGA 3948.
* Taneichi Kō
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 16 m (52 ft); continuous light, white, red or green depending on direction. 14 m (46 ft) white round concrete tower, probably with lantern and gallery. A photo and a second photo (not quite halfway down the page) are available, and Bing has a satellite view. This is a leading light for vessels entering Taneichi. Located just behind the waterfront at Taneichi. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1132; JCG-1628; Admiralty M6614; NGA 3952.
Yagi Kō East Breakwater
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 14 m (46 ft); continuous red light with a more intense flash every 3 s. 10 m (33 ft) round concrete tower with a flared top, attached to a small 1-story equipment room. Entire lighthouse is red. A July 2011 photo shows that this light survived the tsunami. Bing has a satellite view. Located at the end of the main breakwater of Yagi, about 10 km (6 mi) southeast of Taneichi. May be accessible by walking the pier. Site status unknown. ARLHS JPN-1140; JCG-1629; Admiralty M6613.3; NGA 3968.

Kuji City Lighthouses
Ushi Shima
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 71 m (233 ft); white light, 3 s on, 3 s off. 11 m (36 ft) concrete post rising from a square 1-story equipment room. Entire lighthouse is white. A photo is available,and Bing has a satellite view. Located atop a steep-sided rock off a promontory about 5 km (3 mi) northeast of the Kuji waterfront. The rock is accessible by a walkway that is probably underwater at high tide. Site probably open with caution, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-320; JCG-1633; Admiralty M6608; NGA 3972.
Ushi Shima Hazard Beacon
Date unknown. Active; focal plane about 70 m (230 ft); continuous white light. 10 m (33 ft) semielliptical white concrete tower; the light is shown through a window. A photo is available, and Bing has a satellite view. The light illuminates a reef about 1.1 km (0.7 mi) to the southeast. Located 40 m (45 yd) south of the main light. Site probably open with caution, tower closed. JCG-1634.
Kuji Outer Breakwater
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 14 m (46 ft); red light, 3 s on, 3 s off. 8.5 m (28 ft) round concrete tower with a flared top, attached to a small 1-story equipment room. Entire lighthouse is red. No photo available, but Bing has an indistinct satellite view. Caution: there is another Kuji Kō in Ibaraki Prefecture. Located at the end of the main breakwater of Kuji. Site status unknown. ARLHS JPN-1137; JCG-1635.5; Admiralty M6610.3; NGA 3978.
* Kuji North Breakwater
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 15 m (49 ft); continuous red light with a more intense flash every 6 s. 10 m (33 ft) concrete post attached to a square 1-story equipment room. Entire lighthouse is red. A closeup photo (3/4 the way down the page) and another photo (second photo on the page) are available, and Bing has an indistinct satellite view. Located at the end of the north breakwater of Kuji harbor. Accessible by walking the pier. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1136; JCG-1635; Admiralty M6610; NGA 3976.
* Kuji South Breakwater
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 15 m (49 ft); continuous green light with a more intense flash every 6 s. 10 m (33 ft) concrete post attached to a square 1-story equipment room. Entire lighthouse is white. A distant photo (second photo on the page) is available, and Bing has an indistinct satellite view. Located at the end of the south breakwater of Kuji harbor. Accessible by walking the pier. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1138; JCG-1636; Admiralty M6609; NGA 3980.

Northern Shimohei District Lighthouses
* Otanabe Kō
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 14 m (46 ft); green light, 2 s on, 2 s off. 10 m (33 ft) concrete post attached to a square 1-story equipment room. Entire lighthouse is white. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. Located at the end of the south breakwater of Otanabe harbor, on the north side of the Kuro Saki headland. Accessible by walking the pier. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1121; JCG-1637; Admiralty M6607; NGA 3988.
*** Kuro Saki (Fudai, Rikuchū Kuro Saki)
1947. Active; focal plane 143 m (469 ft); white flash every 5 s. 12 m (39 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with lantern and gallery, rising from a 1-story equipment shelter. Entire lighthouse painted white. A photo is at the top of this page, Lighthouse of Japan has a page with good photos, Satoh Junpei has a photo, Misty's Tour has a photo, the Coast Guard has a wintry photo (second photo on the page), and Google has a satellite view of the station. The light commands a spectacular view of the Pacific. Known locally as the Fudai Lighthouse, it is a very popular tourist attraction; there is a visitor center and museum and ample parking is provided. A monument on the path to the lighthouse marks latitude 40° north. Located on a high promontory at Otanable, about 25 km (15 mi) southeast of Kuji. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-275; JCG-1638; Admiralty M6606; NGA 3992.
* Rikuchū Benten Saki
1966. Active; focal plane 98 m (322 ft); two white flashes every 7 s. 10 m (33 ft) round concrete tower with two galleries, mounted atop a square 1-story concrete equipment room. No lantern. Lighthouse painted with red and white horizontal bands. Lighthouse of Japan has a page with good photos, and Bing has an indistinct satellite view. This lighthouse appears to be a twin of the Torii Saki Light in Aomori Prefecture, which was built in 1966 also. It was reported out of service following the 2011 earthquake, but it was repaired within a few months. Located about 4 km (2.5 mi) south of the Kuro Saki lighthouse; the two lights warn ships away from a dangerous bulge in the coastline. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1099; JCG-1639; Admiralty M6605.8; NGA 3996.
Shimano Koshi (Shimanokoshi) Kō
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 14 m (46 ft); green light, 3 s on, 3 s off. 9.5 m (31 ft) concrete post attached to a square 1-story equipment room. Entire lighthouse is white. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. The satellite view shows work in progress to repair severe tsunami damage to the breakwater, but the lighthouse apparently survived. Located at the end of the south breakwater of Shimano Koshi harbor, about 15 km (9 mi) south of Kuro Saki. Site status unknown. ARLHS JPN-1130; JCG-1640; Admiralty M6605.4; NGA 4000.
* Omoto
1963. Active; focal plane 75 m (246 ft); four white flashes every 15 s. 8.5 m (28 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower rising from a 1-story equipment room. Lighthouse of Japan has a page with good photos, and a view from above the light is available, and Google has a satellite view. Located atop a bluff south of Omoto, about 25 km (15 mi) north of Miyako. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-488; JCG-1641; Admiralty M6605.2; NGA 4004.

Miyako City Lighthouses
* Ma Saki (Rikuchū Ma Saki)
1959. Active; focal plane 79 m (259 ft); two white flashes every 10 s. 9 m (30 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower rising from a 1-story equipment room. A photo is at right, Lighthouse of Japan has a page with good photos, Misty's Tour also has a photo, and Bing has a satellite view. Located atop a steep, scenic promontory about 4 km (2.5 mi) northeast of Taro and 13 km (8 mi) north of Miyako. Accessible by a short but steep hiking trail. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-504; JCG-1642; Admiralty M6605; NGA 4008.
Rikuchū Ma Saki Light
Rikuchū Ma Saki Light, Miyako, October 2002
Panoramio photo copyright satoru_satoru; permission requested
#Miyako Main Breakwater
Date unknown. Destroyed by the 2011 tsunami. No photo available. This light is missing from Google's current satellite view. Located at the head of a funnel-shaped bay, Miyako was among the communities hardest hit by the 2011 tsunami. A YouTube video showssome of the appalling destruction caused by the great waves. In late 2011, the Admiralty reported that all of Miyako's harbor lights were destroyed and that buoys were in place. Formerly located at the end of the main breakwater at Miyako. As of mid 2013, there was no indication that these lights had been replaced. Site status unknown. ARLHS JPN-1111; JCG-1644.5; Admiralty M6603; NGA 4020.
* Hei Saki
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 56 m (184 ft); white light, 3 s on, 3 s off. 10 m (33 ft) concrete post mounted at one corner of a 2-story concrete equipment building. Entire lighthouse painted white. Lighthouse of Japan has a 2009 page with good photos, and Google has a satellite view. The attached structure seems to have been replaced sometime before the 2009 photo. Located on a promontory at the end of a long peninsula on the south side of the entrance to the harbor of Miyako. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-103; JCG-1646; Admiralty M6602; NGA 4024.
* Todo Saki (Todogasaki, Todo Ga Saki)
1902. Active; focal plane 58 m (190 ft); white flash every 15 s; a continuous red light is shone to the south southeast. 33.5 m (110 ft) concrete tower with lantern and gallery. A 3rd order (?) clamshell style Fresnel lens is in use. Entire lighthouse is white. A photo is at right, Lighthouse of Japan has a page with good photos, Colum Duffy has a good closeup, another good photo is available, and Google has a satellite view. This handsome and historic lighthouse marks the easternmost cape of the island of Honshū. It was reported out of service following the earthquake and tsunami, but it was repaired within a few months. The lighthouse is in a rugged area, accessible by a hike of about 2-1/2 hours round trip. Hikers are rewarded by a spectacular view of the Pacific. Located about 25 km (15 mi) southeast of Miyako. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-660; JCG-1647; Admiralty M6598; NGA 4028.

Yamada (Southern Shimohei District) Lighthouses
#Yamada Kasana Hana
Date unknown. Destroyed by the 2011 tsunami. This was an 8 m (26 ft) concrete post attached to a square 1-story equipment room. Entire lighthouse is white. A 2008 closeup is available, but the lighthouse is not seen in Bing's satellite view. NGA misspells the name as Kasano, and ARLHS misspells it as Kasaga. Formerly located on a promontory at the entrance to Yamada Bay. Site open. ARLHS JPN-750; JCG-1649; Admiralty M6596; NGA 4040.
#Yamada Kō
Date unknown. Destroyed by the 2011 tsunami. 10 m (33 ft) round white concrete tower. No photo available. Bing has a distant satellite view that precedes the tsunami, but the lighthouse is missing in Google's post-tsunami satellite view. The Admiralty reported in late 2011 that the harbor lights of Yamada had been destroyed and replaced by light buoys. Located at the end of the main breakwater of Yamada. Site status unknown. ARLHS JPN-1143; JCG-1652; Admiralty M6597.35; NGA 4044.
Tarai Shima
Date unknown. 9 m (30 ft); two white flashes every 5 s. 7.5 m (25 ft) round concrete tower, painted black with one red horizontal band. A 2008 photo (a little over halfway down the page) is available, and Google has a satellite view. Offshore lights generally survived the tsunami, since the waves did not break over them. Located on a shoal in the southeastern part of Yamada Bay. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. JCG-1654; Admiralty M6597; NGA 4048.
Todo Saki Light
Todo Saki (Todogasaki) Light, Miyako, August 2004
Wikimedia public domain photo by 関西地方
Rikuchū Ōshima
Date unknown. Active (?); focal plane 28 m (92 ft); white flash every 3 s. 11 m (36 ft) concrete post rising from a square 1-story equipment room. Entire lighthouse is white. A photo and a distant view are available, and Bing has an indistinct satellite view. Located on the south end of an island at the entrance to Funakoshi. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1112; JCG-1656; Admiralty M6595.1; NGA 4060.
Funakoshi East Breakwater
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 11 m (36 ft); red flash every 3 s. 9 m (30 ft) concrete post rising from a square 1-story equipment room. Entire lighthouse is red. The Coast Guard has a post-tsunami photo (also seen at right); it shows JCG personnel searching for bodies that might be snagged at the end of the breakwater. Google has an indistinct satellite view. The breakwater was largely destroyed by the tsunami. Located at the end of the main breakwater (NGA calls it the north breakwater) at Funakoshi, a harbor on the south side of Yamada. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. JCG-1659; Admiralty M6595.7; NGA 4072.

Kamihei District Lighthouses
#Ōtsuchi Kō
1953. Destroyed. This was a 7.5 m (25 ft) concrete post rising from a square 1-story equipment room. Entire lighthouse was red. The light was on an islet connected to shore by a pier; Google's satellite view shows that pier and light were destroyed by the tsunami. A 2008 closeup photo and a second 2008 photo (2/3 the way down the page) are available. ARLHS JPN-1122; JCG-1663; Admiralty M6595; NGA 4084.
Ohako Saki
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 71 m (233 ft); four white flashes every 15 s. 9 m (30 ft) round white concrete tower. A photo and a second photo (2/3 the way down the page) are available, and Bing has an indistinct satellite view. Located high a razor-sharp promontory about 16 km (10 mi) northeast of Kamaishi. Site status unknown. ARLHS JPN-475; JCG-1662; Admiralty M6594; NGA 4096.
Funakoshi East Breakwater Light
Funakoshi East Breakwater Light, Yamada, March 2011
Japanese Coast Guard photo


Kamaishi City Lighthouses
Ryioshi Wan (Naka Ne)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 11 m (36 ft); two white flashes every 5 s. 10 m (33 ft) round concrete tower with gallery, painted black with one red horizontal band. A photo (2/3 the way down the page) and a second photo (on the right, first row) are available, and Bing has a satellite view. Located on a shoal in the center of Ryioshi Bay, an inlet about 5 km (3 mi) north of Kamaishi Bay. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. JCG-1665; Admiralty M6593; NGA 4100.
#Ryioshi Kō
Date unknown. Destroyed by the tsunami in 2011. This was an 8.5 m (28 ft) concrete post rising from a square 1-story equipment room. Entire lighthouse was white. A photo (on the left, first row) is available, but the lighthouse is missing in Bing's satellite view. Formerly located at the east end of a detached breakwater of Ryioshi harbor. JCG-1666; Admiralty M6593.2; NGA 4104.
* Madaga Saki
1971. Active; focal plane 60 m (197 ft); two white flashes every 8 s. 10 m (33 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower rising from a circular 1-story equipment room. Entire lighthouse is white. Google has an indistinct satellite view. Located on a promontory on the north side of the bay of Kamaishi, about 6 km (3.5 mi) east of the city. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-2635; JCG-1667; Admiralty M6589.2.
#Kamaishi Kō
Date unknown. Destroyed by the 2011 tsunami. This was a 10 m (33 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower attached to a small equipment room. Entire lighthouse was red. Ugen Yamaguchi has a very distant view, and Google has a satellite view. Kamaishi had the world's deepest breakwater, built for tsunami protection, but the 2011 tsunami overwhelmed the barrier. The satellite image shows the shattered breakwater. Formerly located at the end of the north breakwater of Kamaishi. Site status unknown. ARLHS JPN-324; JCG-1671; Admiralty M6589.25; NGA 4108.
O Saki (Rikuchū O Saki)
1951. Active; focal plane 114 m (374 ft); white flash every 10 s. 15 m (49 ft) square cylindrical concrete tower with lantern and gallery, attached to a 2-story concrete equipment building. Entire lighthouse is white. The Coast Guard's photo is at right, Lighthouse of Japan has a page with several photos, another photo is available, and Google has a satellite view. Located on the tip of a long narrow peninsula that shelters the south side of the bay of Kamaishi, about 15 km (9 mi) east southeast of the city. Site status unknown. ARLHS JPN-505; JCG-1670; Admiralty M6589; NGA 4136.
Osaki Light
Rikuchū O Saki Light, Kamaishi
Japanese Coast Guard Kamaishi Office photo
Shikotsu (Sikotu) Saki
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 27 m (89 ft); white flash every 3 s. 10 m (33 ft) round concrete tower attached to a small equipment building. Entire lighthouse is white. No photo available, and Bing has only an indistinct satellite view. Shikotsu Saki is a rugged promontory about 15 km (9 mi) south of Kamaishi. Located on a small island off the tip of the cape. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. ARLHS JPN-1131; JCG-1677; Admiralty M6588.2; NGA 4144.
#Kojirahama Kō
Date unknown. Destroyed by the tsunami in 2011. This was an 8.5 m (28 ft) concrete post rising from a square 1-story equipment room. Entire lighthouse was red. The lighthouse is missing in Google's satellite view. Formerly located at the southwest end of the detached breakwater of Kojirahama. ARLHS JPN-1108; JCG-1678; Admiralty M6588.4; NGA 4140.

Ōfunato City Lighthouses
Kōbe Saki
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 124 m (407 ft); white flash every 5 s. 10 m (33 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with gallery, rising from a 1-story concrete equipment shelter. Entire lighthouse is white. Lighthouses in Japan has a distant view, and Google has only a distant satellite view. Located on the tip of a rugged peninsula about 8 km (5 mi) east of Ōfunato. There may be no land access to this site. Site and tower closed. ARLHS JPN-270; JCG-1680; Admiralty M6587; NGA 4152.
#Rikuchū Sakihama Kō
Date unknown. Destroyed by the tsunami in 2011. This was an 8.5 m (28 ft) concrete post rising from a square 1-story equipment room. Entire lighthouse was red. The lighthouse is missing in Google's satellite view. Formerly located at the end of the south breakwater of Sakihama, a fishing port sheltered by Kōbe Saki. ARLHS JPN-1124; JCG-1681; Admiralty M6586.6; NGA 4156.
#Okirai (Okkirai) Kō East Breakwater
Date unknown. Destroyed by the 2011 tsunami. This was a 9 m (30 ft) concrete post rising from a square 1-story equipment room, painted red. Google's satellite view shows that the tsunami destroyed the breakwaters as well as the lighthouse. A beautiful bay just east of Ōfunato, Okkirai was devasted by the earthquake and tsunami. ARLHS JPN-1117; JCG-1682; Admiralty M6586.4; NGA 4160.
* Ryōri Saki
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 112 m (367 ft); white flash every 15 s. 16 m (52 ft) square cylindrical concrete tower with lantern and double gallery. Entire lighthouse is white. A Coast Guard photo is at right, Lighthouse of Japan has a page with good photos, and Google has a satellite view. Located on the tip of a peninsula about 25 km (15 mi) southeast of Ōfunato. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-512; JCG-1683; Admiralty M6586; NGA 4164.
#Ryōri Kō Outer Breakwater
Date unknown. Deactivated in 2010 and destroyed by the 2011 tsunami. This was a 10 m (33 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower attached to a small equipment room. Entire lighthouse was red. Distant views (top photo and second row right) are available, but the lighthouse is missing in Google's satellite view. Ryōri Kō is at the head of a narrow inlet and was devasted by the tsunami. Formerly located at the end of the east outer breakwater of Ryōri, near the entrance to the inlet. ARLHS JPN-1126; JCG-1684; Admiralty M6584; NGA 4166.
#Ryōri Kō East Breakwater
Date unknown. Destroyed by the 2011 tsunami. This was an 8.5 m (28 ft) concrete post rising from a square 1-story equipment room. Entire lighthouse was red. Photos (top photo and second row left) are available, but the lighthouse is missing in Google's satellite view. Formerly located at the end of the east inner breakwater (NGA calls this the South Breakwater) of Ryōri. ARLHS JPN-1127; JCG-1684.3; Admiralty M6585; NGA 4168.
Ryōri Kō
Date unknown. Inactive. Approx. 13 m (43 ft) round white concrete tower. A photo (last photo on the page) is available, and Google has an indistinct satellite view. We need information on the history of this lighthouse. Located on a cliff opposite the east breakwater lighthouse in Ryōri. The site is nearly inaccessible, but the lighthouse is easy to see from nearby.
Ryōri Saki Light
Ryōri
Saki Light, Ōfunato
Japanese Coast Guard Kamaishi Office photo
* Kōri Saki (Koori Saki)
1922. Active; focal plane 48 m (157 ft); white flash every 4 s. Approx. 15 m (49 ft) tapered square concrete tower with gallery but no lantern, rising from a 2-story concrete equipment shelter. Entire lighthouse is white. Lighthouse of Japan has a page with good photos, additional photos are available, and Bing has a satellite view. This lighthouse serves as a landfall light for ships approaching the narrow entrance to Ōfunato Wan (bay), one of the best sheltered harbors of the Rikuchū coast. Located on a bluff about 12 km (7.5 mi) south southeast of Ōfunato. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-275; JCG-1685; Admiralty M6582; NGA 4172.
#Ōfunato Wan North Breakwater
Date unknown. Destroyed by the tsunami in 2011. This was a 10 m (33 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower attached to a small equipment shelter. Entire lighthouse was red. The light is at upper right in a distant view (first photo on the page), but Google's satellite view shows that the tsunami destroyed all but a short stub of the breakwater. Formerly located on the north side of the entrance to Ōfunato Wan about 8 km (5 mi) south of Ōfunato. ARLHS JPN-1115; JCG-1686; Admiralty M6582.6; NGA 4184.
Sango Shima (Sangojima) South
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 19 m (62 ft); white flash every 3 s. 10 m (33 ft) round cylindrical white concrete tower. A distant view and a second view (last row, on the right) are available, and Google has a satellite view. Located at the southern tip of the teardrop-shaped Sango Shima, an island in the middle of Ōfunato Wan. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1129; JCG-1691; Admiralty M6583.5; NGA 4188.
Sango Shima (Sangojima) North
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 33 m (108 ft); white flash every 4 s. 8.5 m (26 ft) concrete post rising from a square 1-story equipment room. Entire lighthouse is white (NGA describes the light as being red). A distant view and a second view (last row, on the left) are available, and Google has a satellite view. Located at the northern tip of Sango Shima. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1128; JCG-1692; Admiralty M6583.7; NGA 4192.
Ōfunato Directional Light
2002. Active; focal plane 53 m (174 ft); continuous light, white, red or green depending on direction. 14 m (46 ft) pentagonal cylindrical white concrete tower with gallery. Google has a satellite view. Located on the west side of the entrance to Ōfunato Wan about 4 km (2.5 mi) south of Ōfunato. Site status unknown. JCG-1689.2; Admiralty M6582.9.
#Ōfunato Wan South Breakwater
Date unknown. Destroyed by the tsunami in 2011. This was a 10 m (33 ft) round hourglass-shaped concrete tower attached to a small equipment shelter. Entire lighthouse was white. The light is at upper left in a distant view (first photo on the page), but Google's satellite view shows that the tsunami destroyed the entire breakwater. Formerly located on the south side of the entrance to Ōfunato Wan about 8 km (5 mi) south of Ōfunato. ARLHS JPN-1116; JCG-1687; Admiralty M6582.4; NGA 4180.
* Goishi Saki
1958. Active; focal plane 39 m (128 ft); three white flashes every 13 s. 10 m (33 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with two galleries but no lantern, centered on an octagonal 1-story equipment shelter. Entire lighthouse is white. A Coast Guard photo is at right, Lighthouse of Japan has a page with good photos, Wikimedia has a photo, Misty's Tour also has a photo, additional photos are available, and Google has a satellite view. Located at the tip of a peninsula about 13 km (8 mi) south of Ōfunato. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-072; JCG-1693; Admiralty M6581; NGA 4208.
Goishi Saki Light
Goishi Saki Light, Ōfunato
Japanese Coast Guard Second Region photo

Rikuzentakata City Lighthouse
Tsubaki Shima
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 47 m (154 ft); white flash every 6 s. 10 m (33 ft) round hourglass-shaped white concrete tower. A distant photo and a second view are available, and Google has a satellite view. Located on an islet off a sharp promontory about 12 km (7.5 mi) southeast of Rikuzentakata. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1135; JCG-1694; Admiralty M6571; NGA 4216.

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Posted August 15, 2006. Checked and revised June 29, 2013. Lighthouses: 46. Site copyright 2013 Russ Rowlett and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.