Lighthouses of Japan: Chiba

This page lists lighthouses of Japan's Chiba prefecture on the east coast of Honshū, within a short drive of the Tōkyō metropolitan area. Chiba prefecture includes the Bōsō Peninsula, which projects southward separating Tōkyō and Sagami Bays from the Pacific. This region includes some densely populated urban areas, but it also includes a surprising length of wild and scenic coastline.

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, and is 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, sometimes two. Chiba prefecture has Coast Guard offices at Chōshi for the Pacific coast and at Chiba City for Sagami and Tōkyō Bays.

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 - Chiba
A comprehensive site, although almost entirely in Japanese.
Lighthouse of Japan - Chiba
Another comprehensive site, in Japanese.
Misty's Japanese Lighthouse Tour - Chiba
Photos and a few notes for lighthouses in all parts of the country.
Form of a Lighthouse - Chiba
Another site with many photos of Japanese lighthouses.
Lighthouses - Chiba
A large collection of Japanese lighthouse photos.
Kiso's Lighthouses
This site has many excellent photos of Japanese lighthouses.
Chōshi Lighthouse Guide
Data and small photos posted by the Chōshi Coast Guard Section, which covers the east coast of Chiba Prefecture.
Lighthouses in Chiba Prefecture
Photos by various photographers available from Wikimedia.
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 Chiba prefecture (Inubo Saki and Nojima Saki).
Leuchttürme Japans und Koreas auf historischen Postkarten
Historic postcard images posted by Klaus Huelse.
Lighthouse Database of Japan
A useful listing of all the JCG lights, with their locations, posted by the Weather and Marine Company, Ltd.
Inubo Saki Light
Inubō Saki Light, Chōshi, November 2006
Flickr Creative Commons photo by nknh

Chōshi Coast Guard District (Pacific Coast) Lighthouses

Chōshi City Lighthouses
Ichino Shima (Chōshi Kō)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 16 m (52 ft); white light, 3 s on, 3 s off. 16 m (53 ft) round concrete tower with lantern and gallery, mounted on a circular base. A stairway spirals around the base to provide access to the lighthouse. Entire lighthouse is white. This lighthouse is shown in the third photo of the Coast Guard's guide page, the first light listed for Chōshi Kō. Another photo (third row, on the right) is available, and Google has a street view and a satellite view. Located on a rock adjacent to the end of a detached breakwater on the south side of the entrance to the Tone River and Chōshi harbor. Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1313; JCG-1859; Admiralty M6482; NGA 4752.
Chōshi Kō East Breakwater
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 15 (49 ft); green flash every 3 s. 12 m (39 ft) round flared concrete tower attached to a small concrete equipment shelter. Entire lighthouse is white. This light is the fifth light pictured in the light-blue Chōshi Kō section of the Coast Guard's guide page. Another photo (fourth row, on the right) is available, and Google has a street view and a satellite view. Located at the north end of a detached breakwater a short distance east of the Ichino Shima lighthouse. Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1343; JCG-1860; Admiralty M6482.4; NGA 4764.
Chōshi Kō North Breakwater
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 15 (49 ft); two green flashes every 6 s. 12 m (39 ft) round flared concrete tower with gallery, attached to a small concrete equipment shelter. Entire lighthouse is white. This light is the fourth light pictured in the light-blue Chōshi Kō section of the Coast Guard's guide page. Another photo (last row, on the right) is available, and Google has a satellite view. Located at the north end of a detached breakwater a short distance north of the Ichino Shima lighthouse. Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed. JCG-1860.5; Admiralty M6482.2; NGA 4768.
**** Inubō Saki
1874 (Richard Henry Brunton). Active; focal plane 52 m (171 ft); white flash every 15 s. 32 m (105 ft) round brick tower with lantern and gallery, attached to a 1-story keeper's house. Entire lighthouse painted white. Fog siren (blast every 35 s). This is a staffed station with a 2-story communications center and other buildings; the original French 1st order Fresnel lens is on display in one of the buildings, used as a museum and visitor center. A photo is at at the top of this page, the Coast Guard has a web site for the lighthouse and museum, another page for the lighthouse has many photos, Lighthouse of Japan has several photos, another excellent photo of the lighthouse is available, Wikimedia has photos, another photo of the 1st order Fresnel lens is available, Michel Forand has several historic postcard views, and Google has a street view and a satellite view. This handsome and historic lighthouse is one of the oldest in Japan, and it is the country's tallest brick lighthouse. It was designed by the Scottish lighthouse engineer Richard Henry Brunton, who intended to import all the bricks from England. However, the Japanese site supervisor Takamasa Nakazawa was able to acquire suitable bricks from the village of Takaoka a few miles to the west. The first lightkeeper was British; he served until newly-trained Japanese keepers could take over in 1878. The lighthouse and its lens were damaged during World War II; the tower was repaired and the lens was restored for the current display. (The lens now used in the tower was made in Japan.) The lighthouse stands on a promontory at the end of a peninsula that projects about 25 km (15 mi) into the Pacific, creating an important hazard to navigation. Located on a promontory about 5 km (3 mi) southeast of Chōshi. Site open, tower open daily for climbing. ARLHS JPN-171; JCG-1869; Admiralty M6478; NGA 4780.
Nagasaki Hana
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 23 m (75 ft); continuous white light. 20 m (66 ft) round cylindrical white concrete tower. A photo is at right, Lighthouse of Japan has good photos, a page for the lighthouse has photos, additional views are available, and Google has a street view and a satellite view. Located on the extreme south point of the Inubō Saki promontory; the lighthouse is surrounded by water when the tide is high. Site and tower closed. ARLHS JPN-390; JCG-1870; Admiralty M6478.4; NGA 4784.
Togawa Kō
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 13 m (43 ft); red flash every 4 s. 9.5 m (31 ft) concrete post centered on a square 1-story concrete equipment room. Entire lighthouse is red. A page for the lighthouse has photos, and Google has a satellite view and a distant street view across the harbor. Located at the south end of a detached breakwater sheltering the entrance to Togawa harbor, in the lee of Inubō Saki. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1340; JCG-1871; Admiralty M6479; NGA 4788.
Nagasaki Hana Light
Nagasaki Hana Light, Chōshi, October 2008
Panoramio photo copyright ibaraking; permission requested

Asahi City Lighthouse
* Iioka
1956. Active; focal plane 74 m (243 ft); white light, 3 s on, 3 s off. 9.5 m (31 ft) round concrete tower attached to a small 1-story equipment shelter. Entire lighthouse is white. A page for the lighthouse has photos, a 2009 closeup is available, Lighthouses of Japan also has a photo, Wikimedia has an excellent closeup, Misty's Tour has photos, and Google has a satellite view. Parking is available at the lighthouse, and according to Misty's Tour there is a coffeeshop in the adjoining building. Located on a south-pointing promontory at Iioka, about 8 km (5 mi) southwest of Chōshi. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-156; JCG-1874; Admiralty M6477; NGA 4796.

Isumi City Lighthouses
* Taitō Saki
1952. Active; focal plane 72 m (236 ft); white flash every 10 s. 16 m (52 ft) round concrete tower with lantern and gallery, rising from a 1-story keeper's house. A Coast Guard photo is at right, a page for the lighthouse has photos, Lighthouse of Japan has good photos, Misty's Tour also has a photo, a 2009 photo is available, and Google has a street view and a satellite view. The Taitō Saki Lighthouse Club helps maintain the lighthouse grounds and has a website (in Japanese) for the lighthouse. Located on a promontory 6 km (3.5 mi) northeast of Ōhara. Accessible by road; parking provided. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-609; JCG-1875; Admiralty M6472; NGA 4800.
* Ōhara Kō (East Breakwater)
1976. Active; focal plane 14 m (46 ft); white light, 2 s on, 2 s off. 12 m (39 ft) concrete post attached to a square 1-story white concrete equipment room. A page for the breakwater lights has a good photo (second row, right), and Google has a street view and a satellite view. Located at the end of the main breakwater at Ōhara harbor, about 5.5 km (3.5 mi) south of the Taitō Saki lighthouse. Accessible by walking the pier. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1330; JCG-1876; Admiralty M6471; NGA 4816.
Ōhara Kō Detached Breakwater
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 14 m (46 ft); two green flashes every 6 s. 12 m (39 ft) concrete post attached to a square 1-story white concrete equipment room. A page for the breakwater lights has a good photo (second row, left), and Google has a satellite view. Located at the end of a detached breakwater extending the protection of Ōhara harbor. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1329; JCG-1875.8; Admiralty M6470.9; NGA 4818.

Onjuku Town Lighthouse
* #Iwawada Kō (1)
1963. Demolished in 2009 and replaced by a light on a steel post (focal plane 10 m (33 ft); continuous red light with two more intense flashes every 8 s). Entire lighthouse is red. The original light, a 9 m (30 ft) concrete post attached to a square 1-story concrete equipment room, is seen in the Lighthouse-Japan.com 2007 photo (fourth photo on the page) and a January 2009 photo (top row, right), while a distant September 2009 view and Google's satellite view and 2014 street view show the post. Located on the main (east) breakwater of Iwawada harbor in Onjuku, about 8 km (5 mi) northeast of Katsuura. Accessible by walking the pier. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1316; JCG-1881; Admiralty M6470.7; NGA 4824.
Tait
Taitō Saki Light, Ōhara
Japanese Coast Guard Chiba Office photo

Katsuura City Lighthouses
* Kazuea Toyohama Kō
1981. Active; focal plane 12 m (39 ft); green light, 2 s on, 2 s off. 9 m (30 ft) round conical concrete tower with two galleries. Entire lighthouse is white. A page for the lighthouse has a photo, this is the next to last light in the light tan Ōhara section about halfway down the Coast Guard's guide page, and Google has a street view and a satellite view. Located at the end of the breakwater of Kazuea Toyohama, on the northeast side of Katsuura. Accessible by walking the pier. Site and tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1321; JCG-1882; Admiralty M6470.2; NGA 4828.
* Kawatsu (Kawazu) Kō
1963. Active; focal plane 10 m (33 ft); continuous green light with a more intense flash every 5 s. 9 m (30 ft) round hourglass-shaped concrete tower. Entire lighthouse is white. A photo is available, this is the last light in the light tan Ōhara section about halfway down the Coast Guard's guide page, and Google has a street view and a satellite view. The character of the light was changed from white to green in September 2013, when an LED light was installed. Located at the end of the breakwater of Kawatsu harbor, about 400 m (1/4 mi) southwest of the Kazuea Toyohama light. Accessible by walking the pier. Site and tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1320; JCG-1883; Admiralty M6470.3; NGA 4832.
* Katsuura (Katuura)
1917. Active; focal plane 71 m (233 ft); two white flashes every 20 s. 21 m (69 ft) octagonal concrete tower with lantern and gallery. Entire lighthouse is white. Two 1-story keeper's houses. A photo is at right, a page for the lighthouse has many photos, Lighthouse of Japan has photos, a 2008 photo is available, Misty's Tour also has a photo, a fine distant view is available, Huelse has a historic postcard view, and Google has a satellite view. Located on a scenic promontory sheltering the east side of the harbor of Katsuura. Accessible by road, but parking is scarce. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-245; JCG-1884; Admiralty M6470; NGA 4836.
* Katsuura Kō South Breakwater
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 12 m (39 ft); red light, 3 s on, 3 s off. 8.5 m (28 ft) concrete post attached to a square 1-story concrete equipment shelter. Entire lighthouse is red. Google has a street view and a satellite view. Located at the end of the south breakwater of the harbor sheltered by Katsuura Saki. Accessible by walking the pier. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1318; JCG-1886; Admiralty M6470.14; NGA 4840.

Kamogawa City Lighthouses
Kominato Kō
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 9 m (30 ft); red flash every 3 s. 9.5 m (31 ft) round red concrete tower mounted on a square concrete pier. A page for the harbor lights has a photo (last photo on the page), and Google has a satellite view. Located in the harbor about 300 m (330 yd) west of the east breakwater lighthouse. Accessible only by boat but easy to see from shore. Site open, tower closed. JCG-1888; Admiralty M6469; NGA 4848.
* Kominato Kō East Breakwater
1966. Active; focal plane 10 m (33 ft); white light occulting once every 8 s. 8.5 m (28 ft) concrete post attached to a square 1-story concrete equipment shelter. Lighthouse painted white with one black horizontal band. A page for the harbor lights has photos (second row), and Google has a satellite view and a distant street view. Located on a breakwater of the picturesque small boat harbor of Kominato, about 10 km (6 mi) east of Kamogawa. Accessible by walking the pier. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1325; JCG-1887; Admiralty M6469.2; NGA 4852.
* Kominato Kō North Breakwater
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 10 m (33 ft); white light occulting once every 8 s. 8.5 m (28 ft) concrete post attached to a square 1-story concrete equipment shelter. Entire lighthouse is white. A page for the harbor lights has photos (second row), and Google has a street view and a satellite view. Located on the north breakwater of Kominato. Accessible by walking the pier. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1326; JCG-1889; Admiralty M6469.4; NGA 4856.
Katsuura Light
Katsuura Light, Katsuura, February 2012
Flickr photo copyright echinocactus
used by permission
* Amatsu Kō West Breakwater
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 12 m (39 ft); green light, 3 s on, 3 s off. 8.5 m (28 ft) concrete post attached to a square 1-story concrete equipment shelter. Entire lighthouse is white. Google has a street view and a a satellite view. Located on the west breakwater of Amatsu, a small harbor about 4 km (2.5 mi) east of Amatsu. Accessible by walking the pier. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1303; JCG-1892; Admiralty M6468.2; NGA 4868.
* Kamogawa
1954. Active; focal plane 26 m (85 ft); three white flashes every 13 s. 11 m (36 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with double gallery but no lantern. Entire lighthouse is white. Lighthouse of Japan has good photos, a page for the Kamogawa harbor lights has photos (second and third rows, right), a 2009 closeup is available, Misty's Tour also has a photo, and Google has a satellite view. Located on Ara Shima, a rocky island protecting the harbor of Kamogawa. The island is accessible from the breakwater by a footbridge. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-220; JCG-1897; Admiralty M6466; NGA 4880.
* Hamanabuto Kō
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 12 m (39 ft); continuous white light with a more intense flash every 5 s; in addition, a continuous white spotlight (JCG-1899) illuminates a reef 70 m (230 ft) to the south. 8 m (27 ft) round hourglass-shaped concrete tower with gallery but no lantern. Entire lighthouse is white. This is the seventh from the last light on the Coast Guard's guide page, and Google has a street view and a satellite view. Located on an elbow of the main breakwater at Hamanabuto, about 2 km (1.2 mi) south of Kamogawa. Accessible by walking the pier. Site and tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1309; JCG-1898; Admiralty M6465.4; NGA 4892.
* Emi Kō (Mae Shima)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 11 m (36 ft); two red flashes every 6 s. 9.5 m (31 ft) concrete post attached to a square 1-story concrete equipment shelter. Entire lighthouse is red. This is the last light on the Coast Guard's guide page, and Google has a satellite view and a distant street view. Located on Mae Shima, a small island protecting Emi harbor; the island is connected to the mainland by the east breakwater of the port. Accessible by walking the pier. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1305; JCG-1900; Admiralty M6465; NGA 4888.

Chiba Coast Guard District (Cape Nojima, Sagami Bay, and Tōkyō Bay) Lighthouses

Minamibōsō City: Cape Nojima Area Lighthouses
Note: Nojima Saki (Cape Nojima) is the southern tip of the Bōsō peninsula. The peninsula separates Sagami Bay from the open Pacific Ocean.
* Chikura Kō Middle Breakwater
1973. Active; focal plane 11 m (36 ft); continuous red light with two more intense flashes every 8 s. 9.5 m (31 ft) concrete post attached to a square 1-story equipment shelter. Entire lighthouse is red. Another photo is available, and Google has a street view and a satellite view. Located at the end of a breakwater at Chikura, a small port about 8 km (5 mi) northeast of Nojima Saki. Accessible by walking the pier. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1304; JCG-1902; Admiralty M6461; NGA 4900.
* Chikura (Tikura) Kō
1993. Active; focal plane 12 m (39 ft); continuous light, white, red or green depending on direction. 12 m (39 ft) hexagonal cylindrical concrete tower with double gallery and a large "watch room." Entire lighthouse is white. Lighthouse of Japan has good photos, Misty's Tour has a closeup, another photo is available, and Google has a street view and a satellite view. Located on the waterfront at Chikura. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-646; JCG-1903; Admiralty M6462; NGA 4904.
* Nanaura Kō Range Rear
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 15 m (49 ft); continuous green neon light. 12 m (39 ft) concrete post attached to a square 1-story concrete equipment shelter. Entire lighthouse is white. A photo is available, a page for the range lights has a photo (bottom of the page), and Google has a street view and a distant satellite view. The front light is on a post near the water's edge. Located on a hillside above Nanaura harbor. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1328; JCG-1906; Admiralty M6459.1; NGA 4916.
* Awa Shirakama Kō
1962. Active; focal plane 11 m (36 ft); continuous white or red light, depending on direction, with a more intense flash every 5 s. 9 m (30 ft) round hourglass-shaped concrete tower. Entire lighthouse is white. Lighthouse of Japan has good photos, a page for the lighthouse has several photos, and Google has a street view and a satellite view. Located on a rocky point at Awa Shirakama, about 6 km (3.5 mi) east of Nojima Saki, the southern tip of the Bōsō peninsula. Site and tower closed, but the lighthouse can be viewed from nearby. ARLHS JPN-034; JCG-1907; Admiralty M6458; NGA 4980.
* Otohama Range Rear
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 12 m (39 ft); continuous green neon light. 9 m (30 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with gallery, rising from a square 1-story concrete equipment room. Entire lighthouse is white. A page for the range lights has photos, and Google has a street view and a satellite view. The front light is on a much shorter tower. Located just off the R410 highway in Otohama, about 5 km (3 mi) east of Nojima Saki. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1337; JCG-1909; Admiralty M6457.1; NGA 4988.
Otohama Kō
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 17 m (56 ft); red flash every 3 s. 10 m (33 ft) concrete post attached to a square 1-story concrete equipment shelter.Entire lighthouse is red. Google has a satellite view and a distant street view. Located at the end of a detached breakwater at the entrance to Otohama harbor. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1335; JCG-1909.2; Admiralty M6457.4; NGA 4990.
**** Nojima (Nozima) Saki (Nojimazaki) (3)
1925 (station established 1866). Active; focal plane 38 m (125 ft); flash every 15 s, white or red depending on direction. 29 m (95 ft) octagonal cylindrical concrete tower with lantern and gallery, painted white. 3rd order clamshell Fresnel lens in use. 2-story Coast Guard station, communications buildings, and other structures. Wikimedia has a page for the lighthouse with the photo at right, another page has many photos, Kazuya Minami has a closeup photo, Lighthouse of Japan has good photos, the Coast Guard has a page for the lighthouse, and Google has a street view and a good satellite view. This is one of Japan's oldest and most famous light stations. The original lighthouse, built by the Shogun's government under pressure from the Western powers, was a small wood tower. It was replaced in 1870 by an octagonal brick tower built by Léonce Verny, a French engineer. That lighthouse was destroyed by the great Kantō earthquake of 1 September 1923. The present (1925) tower was heavily damaged by U.S. air raids in 1945, but was repaired within a year. The Japanese Lighthouse Association operates a museum in one of the station buildings, and a 1st order Fresnel lens formerly used in the lighthouse is on display. The Coast Guard has a webcam showing the view from the lighthouse. Huelse has historic postcard views of the 1870 lighthouse and the present lighthouse. Located at the southern tip of the Bōsō Peninsula, marking the entrance to Sagami and Tōkyō Bays. Site open, museum open daily, tower open for climbing (fee). ARLHS JPN-437; JCG-1910; Admiralty M6456; NGA 4992.
Nojima Saki Light
Nojima Saki Light, Minamibōsō, March 2007
Wikimedia Creative Commons photo by ガウス

Tateyama City Lighthouses
#Mera Hana
1955. Inactive since 2009 and probably demolished. 8.5 m (28 ft) round concrete tower, rising from a 1-story equipment shelter. Entire lighthouse is white. Lighthouse of Japan has photos, and Misty's Tour also has a photo. The light is not seen in Google's satellite view, so it has probably been demolished. Located (formerly) on a west-pointing promontory about 7 km (4.5 mi) west of the Najima Saki lighthouse. ARLHS JPN-344; ex-JCG-2001; ex-Admiralty M6454; ex-NGA 4996.
* Tomisaki Kō
1966. Active; focal plane 10 m (33 ft); continuous red light with a more intense flash every 6 s. 8.5 m (28 ft) concrete post attached to a square 1-story concrete equipment shelter. Entire lighthouse is red. A photo is available, and Google has a street view and a satellite view. Located at the end of the south breakwater at Tomisaki, a small harbor in the lee of Mera Hana. Accessible by walking the pier. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1341; JCG-2002; Admiralty M6455; NGA 5000.
* Suno Saki
1919. Active; focal plane 44 m (144 ft); flash every 15 s, alternately white and red. 15 m (49 ft) round concrete tower with lantern and gallery, attached to a 1-story equipment building. Entire lighthouse painted white. A photo is at right, Lighthouse of Japan has excellent photos, another page for the lighthouse has good photos, Misty's Tour also has a photo, the Coast Guard has a page for the lighthouse, Huelse has a historic postcard view, and Google has a street view and a good satellite view. Suno Saki is a sharp, west-pointing promontory that marks the southeastern entrance to Tōkyō Bay. The lighthouse commands a spectacular view of the bay, with Mount Fuji visible on the far side. Located at the tip of the promontory, about 10 km (6 mi) west of Tateyama. Accessible by road, with parking provided; it's a 5 minute walk to the lighthouse. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-601; JCG-2003; Admiralty M6452; NGA 5004.
#Tateyama (Okino Shima)
1971. Inactive since 2009 and probably demolished. 9.5 m (31 ft) round hourglass-shaped concrete tower with gallery, painted white. Lighthouse of Japan has good photos. The light is not seen in Google's satellite view of the island, so it has probably been demolished. Okino Shima is a small island, now joined to the mainland by a causeway, marking the entrance to the harbor of Tateyama, the port sheltered by Suno Saki. Located (formerly) at the western tip of the island. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1334; ex-JCG-2004; ex-Admiralty M6449; ex-NGA 5008.
* Tateyama Kō
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 11 m (36 ft); green light, 2 s on, 2 s off. 8.5 m (28 ft) concrete post attached to a square 1-story concrete equipment shelter. Entire lighthouse is white. Google has a street view and a satellite view. Located at the end of the east breakwater of Tateyama. Accessible by walking the pier. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-632; JCG-2006; Admiralty M6451; NGA 5012.
* Funagata (Hunagata) Kō East Breakwater
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 9 m (30 ft); continuous red light with a more intense flash every 5 s. 8.5 m (28 ft) round hourglass-shaped concrete tower. Entire lighthouse is red. Google has a street view and a satellite view. Located at the end of the east breakwater quay of Funagata. Accessible by walking the pier. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1307; JCG-2007; Admiralty M6448.4; NGA 5024.
Funagata (Hunagata) Hira Shima
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 11 m (36 ft); white flash every 4 s. 10 m (33 ft) concrete post attached to a square 1-story concrete equipment shelter. Entire lighthouse is white. Google has a satellite view. Located on a rocky reef about 800 m (1/2 mi) northwest of the entrance to Funagata harbor. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. ARLHS JPN-1312; JCG-2009; Admiralty M6447; NGA 5028.
Suno Saki Light
Suno Saki Light, Tateyama, February 2010
Wikimedia Creative Commons photo by Yoshi Canopus

Kyonan Town Lighthouses
#Katuyama Uki Shima
Date unknown. Inactive since 2010 and probably demolished. 14 m (46 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with gallery. Entire lighthouse is white. The light is not seen in Google's satellite view of the island, so it has probably been demolished. Uki Shima is an island in the mouth of Tōkyō Bay about 1.3 km (0.8 mi) off the harbor of Katuyama. Located on the highest point of the island. Site status unknown. ARLHS JPN-247; ex-JCG-2011; Admiralty M6446; NGA 5032.
* Katuyama Kō North Breakwater
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 12 m (39 ft); green light, 2 s on, 2 s off. 9 m (30 ft) round hourglass-shaped concrete tower with gallery. Entire lighthouse is white. A page for the harbor lights has photos, and Google has a street view and a satellite view. Located at the end of the north breakwater of Katuyama. Accessible by walking the pier. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-246; JCG-2012; Admiralty M6445.5; NGA 5036.
* Hota Kō
1963. Active; focal plane 10 m (33 ft); continuous green light with a more intense flash every 5 s. 8.5 m (28 ft) round hourglass-shaped white concrete tower. A page for the lighthouse has photos, and Google has a satellite view. Located on a quay connected to the north breakwater of Hota harbor. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1311; JCG-2013; Admiralty M6445; NGA 5040.

Futtsu City Lighthouses
* Hamakanaya Kō
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 9 m (30 ft); continuous red light with a more intense flash every 5 s. 8 m (26 ft) concrete post attached to a square 1-story concrete equipment shelter. Entire lighthouse is red. A photo is available, and Google has a street view and a satellite view. Located on the breakwater at Hamakanaya, a terminal for ferries crossing Sagami Bay to Yokosuka. Accessible by walking the pier. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-082; JCG-2014; Admiralty M6444; NGA 5052.
Daini Kaiho
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 20 m (66 ft); flash every 5 s, white or red depending on direction. 12 m (39 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with lantern and gallery. Fog horn (two blasts every 25 s). Entire lighthouse is white. A Coast Guard photo is at right, Kazunori Seki has a photo, Junko Hirata's photo shows the fog horn tower to the left of the lighthouse, a page for the lighthouse has distant views, and Google has a satellite view. Daini Kaiho ("Second Fort") is one of three forts built in the early 1800s on artificial islands to bar the entrance to Tōkyō Bay. The fort is located near the main channel about 8 km (5 mi) northeast of Yokosuka and 4 km (2.5 mi) west of a promontory on the eastern (Chiba Prefecture) coast of the bay. Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed. ARLHS JPN-052; JCG-2016; Admiralty M6368; NGA 5092.
* Futtsu Kō (East Breakwater)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 11 m (36 ft); continuous green light with a more intense flash every 5 s. 8.5 m (28 ft) round hourglass-shaped white concrete tower. Google has a satellite view. Located on a quay on the east side of the entrance to Futtsu's small boats harbor. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1308; JCG-2341; Admiralty M6443; NGA 5104.
Daini Kaiho Light
Daini Kaiho Light, Tōkyō Bay, Futtsu
Japanese Coast Guard Tōkyō Bay Vessel Traffic Service Center photo

Kisarazu City Lighthouse
Kisarazu Kō (West Breakwater)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 12 m (39 ft); white flash every 3 s. 9.5 m (31 ft) concrete post attached to a square 1-story concrete equipment shelter. Entire lighthouse is white. A fisherman's blog has several photos, and Google has a satellite view. Kisarazu is a port on the east side of Tōkyō Bay directly opposite Yokohama. Located at the west end of a long detached breakwater protecting Kisarazu harbor. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1322; JCG-2308; Admiralty M6440; NGA 5124.

Chiba City Lighthouses
Chiba
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 28 m (92 ft); two white flashes every 30 s. 18 m (59 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with lantern and gallery, rising from a 1-story crew quarters building and mounted on a square platform supported by four massive concrete piers. Entire lighthouse is white. Google has a satellite view. Located in Tōkyō Bay about 4 km (2.5 mi) off the Chiba waterfront. Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed. ARLHS JPN-827; JCG-2222; Admiralty M6433; NGA 5308.
Chiba Kō (South Breakwater)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 10 m (33 ft); two red flashes every 7 s. 8.5 m (28 ft) concrete post attached to a square 1-story concrete equipment shelter. Entire lighthouse is red. No photo available, but Google has an aerial view. Located at the end of the south breakwater of Chiba's principal harbor. Site status unknown. ARLHS JPN-1339; JCG-2256; Admiralty M6434.2; NGA 5316.

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Posted September 25, 2006. Checked and revised September 25, 2014. Lighthouses: 45. Site copyright 2014 Russ Rowlett and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.