Lighthouses of Japan: Hiroshima

This page lists lighthouses of the Japanese prefecture of Hiroshima, located near the southwestern end of the main island of Honshū. Hiroshima Prefecture face south on the Seto Inland Sea (Seto Naikai), which is not a single body of water but a network of sounds and channels separating Honshū from Shikoku. Hiroshima is the largest port of this region; other important ports (east to west) include Fukuyama, Onomichi, and Kure.

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 at least one Coast Guard Section Office in each prefecture, often two or more. Hiroshima Prefecture has three offices, at Onomichi, Kure and Hiroshima.

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 - Hiroshima
A comprehensive site, although almost entirely in Japanese.
Lighthouse-Japan.com - Hiroshima
A large site with photos and notes from recent visits.
Kiso's Lighthouses
This site has many excellent photos of Japanese lighthouses. Links #2 and #3 lead to photos of Hiroshima Prefecture lighthouses.
Lighthouses (Hiroshima Prefecture)
A comprehensive site for photos of Japanese lighthouses.
Misty's Japanese Lighthouse Tour - Hiroshima
Photos and a few notes for lighthouses in all parts of the country.
Lighthouse Photo Gallery
Unlabeled photos from the web site of the Sixth Coast Guard Region.
Kure Lighthouse Photo Gallery
Interactive map leads to photos and data for lights of the Kure area.
Onomichi Area Lighthouses
Photos and descriptions of major lighthouses posted by the Onomichi Coast Guard Office.
Lighthouses in Hiroshima Prefecture
Photos available from Wikimedia.
Japan: Modern Lighthouses
Historic postcard views posted by Michel Forand.

Aki Shiraishi Light
Aki Shiraishi Light, Hiroshima Bay; Japanese Coast Guard photo
from a listing of Meiji Era Lighthouses

Onomichi Coast Guard District Lighthouses

Fukuyama City Lighthouses
Konoishi (Kono Isi)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 14 m (46 ft); two white flashes every 5 s. 12 m (39 ft) round concrete tower with two galleries, mounted on a concrete pier. Lighthouse painted black with one red horizontal band. A photo is available, but Bing has only a distant satellite view of the reef. This light marks a dangerous reef close to a major shipping channel; it appears that its height was increased by adding the upper stage. Located on a reef about 5 km (3 mi) southeast of Tomo harbor. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. JCG-4414; Admiralty M5730; NGA 8392.
* Tomonoura
Date unknown. Inactive officially; focal plane 10 m (33 ft); a decorative continuous white light is displayed. 7 m (23 ft) square unpainted stone tower with a traditional lantern. A photo is at right, a 2011 closeup photo and a second closeup are available, and Bing has an indistinct satellite view. This historic tower, called an ishidoro, is an example of the traditional lanterns that marked many Japanese harbors before the Meiji Restoration of 1868 began the modernization of the country. Located on the waterfront of Tomonoura. Site open, tower closed.
Tomo (Tomonoura) Kō
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 12 m (39 ft); green flash every 3 s. 8.5 m (28 ft) round concrete tower, flared at the top. Entire lighthouse is white. A photo and a second photo are available, and Bing has a satellite view. Located at the east end of the detached breakwater protecting Tomo (Tomonoura) harbor in Fukuyama. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. JCG-4442; Admiralty M5729.4; NGA 8412.
* Tamatsu Shima 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. A distant view from the sea is available, and Bing has a satellite view. Located at the end of a breakwater extending from Tamatsu Shima, a small island also connected to the mainland by a breakwater. Accessible by walking the piers. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1767; JCG-4443; Admiralty M5729.6; NGA 8416.
Aburasho (Abura Syo)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 8 m (26 ft); two white flashes every 5 s. 6 m (20 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower, mounted on a concrete pier. Lighthouse painted black with one red horizontal band. Google has a satellite view. Located on a reef about 1.6 km (1 mi) east of Abuto Saki. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. JCG-4444; Admiralty M5729; NGA 8420.
Abuto Saki
1958. Active; focal plane 88 m (289 ft); white light, 3 s on, 3 s off. 9 m (30 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with gallery. Lighthouse-Japan.com has a page with photos, Kiso has a closeup, and Google has a satellite view. This lighthouse is at the tip of a peninsula, marking a narrow strait between the mainland and the island of Tajima Shima. Located about 15 km (9 mi) southeast of Onomichi. Site status unknown; there does not appear to be good road access to this area. ARLHS JPN-001; JCG-4445; Admiralty M5728.5; NGA 8424.

Tomonoura Light, Tomonoura, October 2008
Wikimedia Creative Commons photo by 663highland
Hakosaki Kō Breakwater
1990 (relocated in 1997). Active; focal plane 14 m (46 ft); red flash every 3 s. 8 m (28 ft) concrete post light mounted atop a square 1-story concrete equipment room. Entire lighthouse painted red. The Coast Guard has a page for the lighthouse, and Google has a satellite view. The light was originally located at the south end of the main detached breakwater of Hakosaki Kō, on the south side of Tajima; it was relocated to the south end of an additional detached breakwater built to provide more protection to the harbor entrance. Note: not to be confused with the much better known Hako Saki Light in Kagawa Prefecture on the other side of the Inland Sea. Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1730; JCG-4446; Admiralty M5728.7; NGA 8428.
Onozowai (Ono Zowai)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 10 m (33 ft); one long and two short red flashes every 8 s. 10 m (33 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower, mounted on a concrete pier. Entire lighthouse is red. Lighthouse-Japan.com has a page with photos, and Google has an indistinct satellite view. Located on a reef off the north coast of Tajima. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. JCG-4448; Admiralty M5727; NGA 8436.
Kurikuwazowai (Kurikuwa Zowai)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 9.5 m (31 ft); one long and two short green flashes every 8 s. 7 m (23 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower, mounted on a concrete pier. Entire lighthouse is green. A photo (1/3 the way down the page) is available, and Bing has a distant satellite view. Located on a reef just off waterfront of Tsuneishi harbor. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. JCG-4449; Admiralty M5726; NGA 8440.
Katakirazowai (Katakira Zowai)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 9.5 mm (31 ft); two white flashes every 5 s. 8 m (26 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower, mounted on a concrete pier. Lighthouse painted black with a red horizontal band. Lighthouse-Japan.com has a view from the mainland, and Bing has a satellite view. Located on a reef off the east coast of Momojima, an island to the west of Tajima. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. JCG-4450; Admiralty M5725; NGA 8444.

Onomichi City Lighthouses
* Onomichi (Onomiti, Koutashima)
1933. Active; focal plane 33 m (108 ft); white flash every 4 s. 11 m (36 ft) round 2-stage cylindrical concrete tower with double gallery. Entire lighthouse painted white. Lighthouse-Japan.com has a page with photos, a closeup is available, M. Terada has a nighttime photo showing the tower floodlit, and Bing has a satellite view. The western entrance to the harbor of Onomichi is through a narrow channel between the mainland and the island of Mukai Shima. This lighthouse is on the south side of the channel (on the island) to guide ships through the channel. The island is accessible by a bridge. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-491; JCG-4460; Admiralty M5722; NGA 8452.
* Ushino (Usino) Ura
1957. Active; focal plane 28 m (92 ft); white light, 3 s on, 3 s off. 11 m (33 ft) narrow round concrete tower with gallery, mounted atop a square 1-story concrete equipment room. Entire lighthouse painted white. Lighthouse-Japan.com has a page with photo, another photo is available, and Google has a satellite view. Located near the northwestern point of Mukai Shima, marking the entrance to the strait leading to Onomichi. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-727; JCG-4461; Admiralty M5723; NGA 8456.
* Onomichi Itozaki Kō
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 8 m (26 ft); green light, 3 s on, 3 s off. 6 m (20 ft) concrete post centered on a square 1-story concrete equipment shelter. Entire lighthouse is white. Bing has an indistinct satellite view. Located on the west breakwater of a small boat harbor on the west side of Onomichi. Accessible by walking the pier. Site open, tower closed. JCG-4461.5; Admiralty M5723.4; NGA 8458.
*** Ōhama Saki
1897. Reactivated (inactive 1910-1954); focal plane 18 m (59 ft); white or red light, depending on direction, 3 s on, 3 s off. 9 m (30 ft) round stone tower with lantern and gallery. Entire lighthouse painted white. A photo is at right, Lighthouse-Japan.com has a page with good photos, Misty's Tour has another photo, Kiso has a good closeup, another closeup is available, the Coast Guard has a page with several small photos, and Google has a satellite view. The lighthouse is just north of the Innoshima Bridge, one of nine bridges on the Nishi-Seto Expressway connecting Honshū and Shikoku. The bridge connects Mukai Shima to Inno Shima. When the lighthouse was deactivated in 1910, the station was concerted to a tidal signal station. Recently the old tidal station has been converted to a popular lighthouse museum. As a result, this relatively minor light is now one of the best known lighthouses of the Inland Sea. The original lantern of the Tyōdayū Syo light is displayed on the grounds. The lighthouse is located on a promontory on the east side of the island of Inno Shima, just north of the Innoshima Bridge. Site open, museum and tower open daily. ARLHS JPN-453; JCG-4468; Admiralty M5724; NGA 8468.
Tyōdayū (Chōdayū) Syo
1894 (daybeacon established 1880; rebuilt in 1921). Active; focal plane 9 m (28 ft); quick-flashing white light. 11 m (36 ft) round strongly conical stone tower attached to a small equipment room, mounted on a stone and concrete pier. Upper half of tower painted black, lower half yellow. Kiso has a closeup, and Bing has a satellite view. In 1894 a lantern was added to the beacon. In 1921 the tower was rebuilt to accommodate an acetylene-powered light. The original lantern is now displayed at the Ōhama Saki Lighthouse Museum, and the present light is powered by batteries. Located on a shoal about 3 km (2 mi) northwest of the Ōhama Saki Light. Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed. ARLHS JPN-706; JCG-4471; Admiralty M5720; NGA 8472.
Hakan Shima
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 10 m (33 ft); nine quick white flashes every 15 s. 8 m (26 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower mounted on a concrete pier. Lighthouse painted yellow with one black horizontal band. Kato's blog has a page for the lighthouse, and Bing has a distant satellite view. Several excellent photos show that the light is offshore from the Sagi Shima lighthouse (next entry). Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. JCG-4472; Admiralty M5719; NGA 8476.
* Sagi Shima
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 27 m (89 ft); white light occulting once every 8 s. 7 m (23 ft) round white concrete tower. Lighthouse-Japan.com has a page with photos, Kiso has a closeup and a view from the sea, and Bing has a distant satellite view. Sagi Shima is an island northwest of Inno Shima and south of the port of Mihara. The island is accessible by ferry. Located at the northeastern point of the island. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-521; JCG-4473; Admiralty M5718; NGA 8480.
Ohama Saki Light
Ōhama Saki Light, Onomichi
Hiroshima Prefecture Tourist Office photo
Kosagi Shima
1896. Active; focal plane 24 m (79 ft); white flash every 4 s. 6.5 m (21 ft) round stone tower with lantern and gallery. Entire lighthouse painted white. Lighthouse-Japan.com has a page with photos, Kiso has a good closeup and a view from the sea, and Bing has a satellite view. Clearly a sibling of the better known Ōhama Saki Light. This lighthouse is located on a small island off the northwestern tip of Sagi Shima. Site status unknown; the island is probably accessible by ferry. ARLHS JPN-289; JCG-4475; Admiralty M5716; NGA 8488.
Toramaru Sho (Toramaru Syo)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 10 m (33 ft); one long and one short red flash every 8 s. 7.5 m (25 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower mounted on a concrete pier. Entire lighthouse is red. A page for the lighthouse has a distant view, and Bing has a satellite view. Located off a promontory on the west side of Sagi Shima. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. JCG-4476; Admiralty M5715; NGA 8492.
* Kōne Shima
1897. Active; focal plane 45 m (148 ft); white light, 4 s on, 4 s off. 4.3 m (14 ft) round stone tower with double gallery; the lantern has been removed and replaced by a short post light. Entire lighthouse painted white. Lighthouse-Japan.com has a page with photos, Wikimedia has a photo, Kiso has a closeup and a more distant view, and Google has a satellite view. A diminutive sibling of the Ōhama Shima and Kosagi Shima Lights, this is the only lighthouse of Okayama or Hiroshima prefectures selected by the Eighth Coast District for its collection of Japan's Famous Fifty Lighthouses. Kōne Shima is an island west of Sagi Shima, accessible by bridge. Located at the northern tip of the island. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-273; JCG-4477; Admiralty M5714; NGA 8496.

Kure Coast Guard District Lighthouses

Takehara City Lighthouses
* Tadanoumi Kō
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 9 m (30 ft); red light, 2 s on, 2 s off. 6 m (20 ft) concrete post attached to a square 1-story concrete equipment shelter. Entire lighthouse is red. A view across the harbor is available, but the light is hard to see in Google's fuzzy satellite view. Located at the end of the east breakwater of Tadanoumi, the harbor town of Takehara. Accessible by walking the pier. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1764; JCG-4479; Admiralty M5713; NGA 8500.
* Ōkuno Shima
1892. Active; focal plane 21 m (69 ft); white or red light, depending on direction, 3 s on, 3 s off. 7 m (23 ft) round stone tower with lantern and gallery. Entire lighthouse painted white. A 2008 photo is at right, Lighthouse-Japan.com has a page with several good photos, a 2009 closeup is available, Kiso has a closeup, and Bing has a satellite view. Another in the chain of historic lights marking the northern channel of the Inland Sea west of Onomichi. Ōkuno Shima is a small island north of the much larger island of Ōmi Shima, which is one of the islands crossed by the Nishi-Seto Expressway connecting Honshū and Shikoku. Located at the southern tip of the island. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-458; JCG-4481; Admiralty M5712; NGA 8504.
Ikari Shima
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 11 m (36 ft); one short and one long green flash every 8 s. 8 m (26 ft) round concrete tower mounted on a concrete pier. Entire lighthouse is green. No photo available, but Bing has a satellite view. Located about 500 m (0.3 mi) off the mainland south of Yoshina. Accessible only by boat. JCG-4646; Admiralty M5710.6; NGA 8824.
Okuno Shima Light
Ōkuno Shima Light, Takehara, April 2008
Panoramio Creative Commons photo by kyokyo

Toyota District (Ōsakikami Shima) Lighthouses
* Mebaru Saki
1897. Inactive since 2009. 4.5 m (15 ft) round stone tower with lantern and gallery. Entire lighthouse painted white. Kiso has a closeup, and the tiny lighthouse is visible in Bing's satellite view. Located at the northeastern tip of Ōsakikami Shima, a large island in the Inland Sea south of Takehara. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-338; ex-JCG-4483; ex-Admiralty M5704; ex-NGA 8508.
* Nakano Hana
1894. Active; focal plane 45 m (148 ft); three flashes every 13 s, red or white depending on direction. 5 m (17 ft) round stone tower with lantern and gallery. Entire lighthouse painted white. The Coast Guard's photo is at right, Lighthouse-Japan.com has a page with several good photos, Kiso has a closeup, and Google has a satellite view. Located at the southeastern tip of Ōsakikami Shima. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-397; JCG-4487; Admiralty M5702; NGA 8520.
Tsukuga (Tukuga) Shima
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 10 m (33 ft); one short and one long red flash every 8 s. 8.5 m (28 ft) round concrete tower mounted on a concrete pier. Entire lighthouse is red. No photo available, but Bing has a satellite view. Located on a shoal off the northwestern coast of Ōsakikami Shima. Accessible only by boat. JCG-4648; Admiralty M5698.4; NGA 8828.

Higashihiroshima City Lighthouses
* Akitsu Kō
1962. Active; focal plane 11 m (36 ft); continuous green light with a more intense flash every 5 s. 8.5 m (28 ft) concrete post attached to a square 1-story concrete equipment shelter. Entire lighthouse is white. Google has a satellite view. Located at the end of the west breakwater of Akitsu harbor. Accessible by walking the pier. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1723; JCG-4649; Admiralty M5699; NGA 8532.
Nakano Hana Light
Nakano Hana Light, Ōsakikami Shima, Toyota District
Japanese Coast Guard Kure Office photo

Kure City Lighthouses
Shimoikari (Simoikari) Iso
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 9.5 mm (31 ft); two white flashes every 5 s. 7.5 m (25 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower, mounted on a concrete pier. Lighthouse painted black with a red horizontal band. Google has a satellite view. Located on a reef about 2.5 km (1.5 mi) south of Oshiba Shima. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. JCG-4650; Admiralty M5698; NGA 8836.
Mitarai Ōshima
1975. Active; focal plane 11 m (36 ft); white flash every 3 s. 9 m (30 ft) concrete post attached to a square 1-story concrete equipment shelter. Entire lighthouse is white. There's another page for the lighthouse, and Google has a satellite view. Located on the northern point of island off the northeast point of Osaki Shimo-jima, marking the entrance to a narrow passage. May be accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. JCG-4656; Admiralty M5697.2; NGA 8856.
* Mitarai Kō Breakwater
1940. Active; focal plane 13 m (43 ft); green light, 3 s on, 3 s off. 8.5 m (28 ft) square tapered stone tower with a crown resembling a pagoda. The light is displayed from the "roof" of the pagoda. A Coast Guard photo is at right, Lighthouse-Japan.com has a page with several photos, Kiso has a closeup, and Google has a satellite view. The lighthouse has a unique and interesting design, intended to resemble an ishidoro, or stone lantern, used for decorating gardens, shrine precincts, etc. Mitarai is a town near the eastern tip of Osaki Shimo-jima, an island southwest of Ōsakikami Shima. Located at an elbow of the breakwater mole at Mitarai. The site appears to be accessible by walking the mole. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-2399; JCG-4654; Admiralty M5697; NGA 8848.
Kamagarini Shima
1973. Active; focal plane 9 m (30 ft); white flash every 4 s. 8 m (26 ft) square cylindrical concrete tower centered on a square 1-story equipment room and mounted on a square concrete pier. Entire lighthouse is white. The Coast Guard has a photo, additional photos are available, and Google has a satellite view. (Tom Zane points out that the rope connecting the two peaks in the Coast Guard photo is a shimenawa, a traditional Japanese good luck or good fortune symbol. It consists of a left hand plaited straw rope, so wound because the left is the pure or fortunate side. Groups of straw pendants hang from the rope.) Located on a skerry off the northeastern tip of Kamagarini Shima, about 20 km (13 mi) east of Kure. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1739; JCG-4659; Admiralty M5695.8; NGA 8868.
#Meneko Shima
1966. Inactive since 2008. This was a 10 m (33 ft) round cylindrical white concrete tower with double gallery. Kiso has a closeup, but the tower is not to be found in Google's satellite view. This lighthouse was located off the northern tip of Meneko Shima, practically under the bridge joining that island to the mainland, about 10 km (6 mi) southeast of Kure. Site and tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1749; ex-JCG-4662; ex-Admiralty M5695.4; ex-NGA 8884.

Mitarai Kō Breakwater Light, Osaki Shimo-jima, Kure
Japanese Coast Guard Kure Office photo
Kure Aga Kō West Breakwater (Hiro Wan Aga Oki)
1978. Active; focal plane 12 m (39 ft); red flash every 3 s. 10 m (33 ft) square skeletal tower with enclosed upper portion. Lighthouse painted red. Google has a satellite view. Located at the south end of a detached breakwater protecting Kure's commercial harbor. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. ARLHS JPN-1734; JCG-4782; Admiralty M5694.5; NGA 9068.
* Ondo
1959. Active; focal plane 38 m (125 ft); white light, 3 s on, 3 s off. 10 m (33 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with double gallery, rising from one end of a rectangular 1-story equipment building. Entire lighthouse is white. Lighthouse-Japan.com has a page with photos, Kiso has a closeup, and Google has a distant satellite view. This lighthouse guides ships entering the north end of the narrow strait separating the large island of Kurahashi Shima from the mainland at Ondo, about 7 km (4.5 mi) south of Kure. Located on a bluff at the northern tip of Kurahashi Shima in the city of Ondo. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-489; JCG-4771; Admiralty M5693; NGA 9056.
Akisengaiiwa (Aki Sengai)
1965. Active; focal plane 10 m (33 ft); three quick white flashes every 10 s. 12 m (39 ft) round concrete post supporting a large octagonal concrete platform. Lighthouse painted black with one yellow horizontal band. Google has a satellite view. Located off the east side of the southern tip of Kurahashi Shima. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. JCG-4702; Admiralty M5656; NGA 8908.
Mitsuishi (Mitsu Ishi, Mitu Isi)
1927. Active; focal plane 16 m (52 ft); white flash every 3 s. 9.5 m (31 ft) square cylindrical concrete tower with lantern and gallery. Entire lighthouse is white. Kiso has a photo, and a 2011 photo is available, but the tower is hard to distinguish in Google's satellite view. This lighthouse marks a major hazard at a crucial location in the Seto Inland Sea. Located on a reef about 4 km (2.5 mi) south of Kurahashi Shima. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1752; JCG-4701; Admiralty M5654; NGA 8904.
* Kashima (Kurahashi) Kō
1968. Active; focal plane 14 m (46 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. A Coast Guard photo is at right, and Google has a satellite view. Kashima Shima is a smaller island just to the south of Kurahashi Shima. Located at the end of the east breakwater of Kashima harbor, at the northern end of the island. Accessible by walking the pier. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1746; JCG-4703; Admiralty M5655; NGA 8912.
Akimanaitaiwa (Aki Manaita Ishi)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 11 m (36 ft); two white flashes every 5 s. 8 m (26 ft) concrete post carrying a large round top section, mounted on a square concrete pier. Lighthouse painted black with one red horizontal band. A 2011 photo is available, and Google has a satellite view. Located off the south end of Kashima Shima, a smaller island just to the south of Kurahashi Shima. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. JCG-4704.1; Admiralty M5654.5; NGA 8914.
Kashima Kō Light
Kashima Kō Breakwater Light, Kashima, Kure
Japanese Coast Guard Kure Office photo
Nishigobanno (Nisigobanno) Bae
1904. Active; focal plane 15 m (49 ft); nine quick white flashes every 15 s. 17 m (56 ft) round stone tower with lantern and gallery, mounted on a round concrete pier. Lighthouse painted bright yellow with one black horizontal band. The Coast Guard's photo is at right, and Kiso also has a fine photo, but Google's distant satellite view does not show the island. This historic beacon guides ships rounding Kurahashi Shima en route to Hiroshima from the Inland Sea. Located about 3 km (2 mi) southwest of the southwestern tip of Kurahashi Shima. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. JCG-4708; Admiralty M5664; NGA 8916.
Dentaro Hana
1974. Active; focal plane 17 m (56 ft); white flash every 4 s. 8.5 m (28 ft) concrete pillar with gallery, mounted on a square concrete equipment room. Entire lighthouse is white. Another page for the lighthouse has several photos, Kiso has a photo, and Google has a distant satellite view. Located on the southwestern tip of Kurahashi Shima. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1726; JCG-4789; Admiralty M5664.4; NGA 9092.
* Ryōshida (Choshida, Ryosida) Kō
1986. Active; focal plane 11 m (36 ft); continuous red light with a more intense flash every 3 s. 8.5 m (28 ft) concrete post attached to a square 1-story concrete equipment shelter. Entire lighthouse is red. There's another page and a third page for the lighthouse, and Google has a satellite view. Located at the end of the south breakwater of Ryōshida, a port on the west coast of Kurahashi Shima. Accessible by walking the pier. Site open, tower closed. JCG-4787.5; Admiralty M5664.7; NGA 9088.
Kourume Shima (Kure)
1948. Active; focal plane 22 m (72 ft); white flash every 4 s. 11 m (36 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with a flared top and gallery. Entire lighthouse is white. Kiso also has a closeup, another photo is available, and Google has a satellite view. Kure's beautiful harbor is a traditional home port for the Japanese Navy. Kourume Shima is a small island off the harbor of Kure, within 400 m (1/4 mi) of the mainland. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. ARLHS JPN-1744; JCG-4769; Admiralty M5692; NGA 9052.
Nisigobanno Hana Light
Nisigobanno Hana Light, Kure
Japanese Coast Guard Kure Office photo

Hiroshima Coast Guard District Lighthouses

Etajima City Lighthouses
Note: Eta Shima (also called Etajima or Edajima) is a large island occupying the southeastern third of Hiroshima Bay, southwest of Kure. The island is accessible by a bridge from Kurahashi Shima and by ferries from Hiroshima and Kure.
Aki Shiraishi (Siraisi)
1903. Active; focal plane 19 m (62 ft); two white flashes every 10 s. 20 m (66 ft) round stone tower with lantern and gallery, mounted on a round concrete pier. Lighthouse painted black with one red horizontal band. A Coast Guard photo is at the top of this page, Kiso has a lovely photo, another photo is available, and Bing has a partially clouded satellite view. Very similar to the Nishigobanno Bae Light. Located near the center of Hiroshima Bay about 12 km (7.5 mi) east of Iwakuni. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. JCG-4712; Admiralty M5668; NGA 8924.
Manaita Syo (Aki Manaita Sho)
1960. Active; focal plane 11 m (36 ft); two white flashes every 5 s. 9 m (30 ft) round concrete tower with double gallery, mounted on a round concrete pier. Lighthouse painted black with one red horizontal band. Kiso has a good closeup of the lighthouse with a Japanese Navy destroyer, and Google has a satellite view. Located about 2.5 km (1.5 mi) southwest of the northwestern tip of Eta Shima (Etajima), a large island protecting the harbor of Hiroshima. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. JCG-4737; Admiralty M5679; NGA 8964.
Nakano Se
1903 (?). Active; focal plane 12 m (39 ft); one long and two short green flashes every 8 s. 15 m (49 ft) round strongly conical concrete tower with lantern and gallery, painted green. The Coast Guard's photo is at right, Kiso has a great closeup, and Garrett McGowan has also posted an excellent closeup photo. The fact that this beacon is concrete rather than stone suggests it may have been replaced at some time in its history. Located about 2.5 km (1.5 mi) off the northwestern tip of Eta Shima. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. JCG-4741; Admiralty M5680; NGA 8980.
Aki Eno Shima
1904. Active; focal plane 49 m (161 ft); white flash every 4 s. 13.5 m (44 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with gallery; the lantern has been removed. Entire lighthouse is white. Kiso has a view from the sea, but Google has only a distant satellite view of the island. Located atop a small island about 2.5 km (1.5 mi) northwest of Ando Shima and 1.2 km (3/4 mi) east of the eastern tip of Eno Shima, another large island lying southwest of Hiroshima. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. ARLHS JPN-1721; JCG-4742; Admiralty M5681; NGA 8984.
Ando Shima
1967. Active; focal plane 18 m (59 ft) white flash every 4 s. 9 m (30 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with double gallery, painted white. Kiso has a closeup, and a 2008 photo is available, but Bing has only a distant satellite view of the island. Located on an islet north of the northwestern tip of Eta Shima. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. ARLHS JPN-1725; JCG-4743; Admiralty M5680.4; NGA 8988.
Kasa Iso
1981. Active; focal plane 10 m (33 ft); two white flashes every 5 s. 7.5 m (25 ft) concrete post supporting a large round platform structure. Lighthouse painted black with a red horizontal band. Another page for the lighthouse has two photos, and Google has a satellite view. Located 500 m (0.3 mi) off the north end of Eta Shima. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. JCG-4740; Admiralty M5680.9; NGA 8976.
Nakano Se Light
Nakano Se Light
Japanese Coast Guard Hiroshima Office photo
Yakata Isi
1904. Active; focal plane 7.5 m (25 ft); quick-flashing white light. 8 m (26 ft) round stone tower with lantern and gallery, mounted on a round concrete pier. Lower half of lighthouse painted bright yellow, upper half black. Kiso has a good closeup, and Google has a satellite view. Located on a rocky reef just off the northern tip of Eta Shima. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. JCG-4747; Admiralty M5690; NGA 9000.
Kakiura Kō
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 13 m (43 ft); green flash every 4 s. 9 m (30 ft) concrete post attached to a square 1-story concrete equipment shelter. Entire lighthouse is white. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. Located on a detached breakwater at the entrance to Kakiura harbor on the east coast of Etajima. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1737; JCG-4783; Admiralty M5666.5; NGA 9072.

Hiroshima City Lighthouses
* Ujina (Uzina)
1950. Active; focal plane 46 m (151 ft); flash every 5 s, alternately red and white. 21 m (69 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with lantern and gallery, centered on a square 1-story service building; 6th order Fresnel lens. Entire lighthouse is white. Tim Slessor's photo is at right, Lighthouse-Japan.com has a page with good photos, Kiso has a good closeup, a view from the shore is available, and Google has a satellite view. Located on the tip of a wooded promontory projecting into the busy and beautiful harbor of Hiroshima. Easily accessible by road, and parking is provided, so it is surprising that there are not more photos of this lighthouse. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-735; JCG-4753; Admiralty M5687; NGA 9004.
Ujina Light
Ujina Light, Hiroshima, June 2010
Flickr Creative Commons photo by Tim Slessor
Hiroshima East Breakwater
1978. Active; focal plane 17 m (56 ft); red light occulting once every 4 s. 19 m (62 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with lantern, gallery, and a tall "dunce cap" crown; 5th order Fresnel lens. Entire lighthouse painted red. A Coast Guard photo is at right, a page for the lighthouses has another photo, another photo and a 2009 view from the harbor are available, and Google has a satellite view. The "dunce cap" on these modern lighthouses is a historical touch recalling similar crowns on the lighthouses of Yokohama harbor. Located at the end of the detached east breakwater of Hiroshima's modern port, west of the Uzina lighthouse. Site and tower closed, but there should be excellent views from arriving or departing ferries. ARLHS JPN-1769; JCG-4754; Admiralty M5687.5; NGA 9008.
Hiroshima West Breakwater
1971. Active; focal plane 17 m (56 ft); green light occulting once every 4 s. 19 m (62 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with lantern, gallery, and a tall "dunce cap" crown; 5th order Fresnel lens. Entire lighthouse painted white. Another photo is available, a page for the lighthouses has another photo, Kiso has a good photo, and Google has a satellite view. The "dunce cap" on these modern lighthouses is a historical touch recalling similar crowns on the lighthouses of Yokohama harbor. Located at the end of the west breakwater of Hiroshima's modern port, west of the Uzina lighthouse. Site and tower closed, but there should be excellent views from arriving or departing ferries. ARLHS JPN-1770; JCG-4755; Admiralty M5687.4; NGA 9012.
Kusatsu (Kusatu) Gyoko South Breakwater
1981. Active; focal plane 11 m (36 ft); green light, 2 s on, 2 s off. 8.5 m (28 ft) concrete post with gallery centered on a square 1-story equipment room. Entire lighthouse is white. Google has a satellite view. Located at the east end of a detached breakwater protecting the fishery harbor on the west side of Hiroshima. Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1748; JCG-4759; Admiralty M5683; NGA 9028.
Hiroshima Breakwater Lights
Hiroshima Breakwater Lights
Japanese Coast Guard Hiroshima Office photo

Hatsukaichi City Lighthouses
Kame Ishi (Kame Iso)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 10 m (33 ft); one long and one short green flash every 8 s. 8 m (26 ft) square cylindrical concrete skeletal tower, mounted on a round concrete pier. Entire lighthouse is green. Another page for the lighthouse has a photo, another photo is available (last photo on the page), and Google has a satellite view. Located off the west coast of Eno Shima. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. JCG-4764; Admiralty M5677; NGA 9040.
#Shinkai (Sinkai, Singai) Hana (2) (?)
1951 (station established 1899). Inactive since 2008, and later demolished; Google's satellite view confirms that the tower has been removed. This was a 7 m (23 ft) round concrete tower with gallery, attached to a small concrete equipment shelter. Entire lighthouse was white. Additional photos are available. The original lighthouse was destroyed by the storm surge of a typhoon in 1949. This lighthouse stood on the mainland at the narrowest point of the strait between the mainland and the island of Eno Shima; the strait here is about 500 m (0.3 mi) wide. Accessible by road. Site open. ARLHS JPN-794; ex-JCG-4765; ex-Admiralty M5676; ex-NGA 9048.

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Posted January 25, 2007. Checked and revised November 9, 2013. Lighthouses: 56. Site copyright 2013 Russ Rowlett and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.