Lighthouses of Japan: Eastern Yamaguchi

This page lists lighthouses on the southeastern coast of the Japanese prefecture of Yamaguchi, located at the extreme southwestern tip of the main island of Honshū. Yamaguchi has coasts facing south on the Seto Inland Sea (Seto Naikai) and west and northwest on the Sea of Japan. The narrow, twisting Kanmon Strait connects these two seas and barely separates Honshū from Kyūshū. The principal ports in Yamaguchi are Tokuyama on the Inland Sea, Shimonoseki on the Kanmon Strait, and Nagato on the Sea of Japan.

Because of its lengthy coastline, Yamaguchi Prefecture has an unusually large number of lighthouses. This page lists lighthouses of the Seto Inland Sea coast; the Western Yamaguchi page has lighthouses of the Kanmon Strait and Sea of Japan.

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 generally at least one Coast Guard Section Office in each prefecture, often two or more. Yamaguchi is a bit of an exception to this rule. The extreme southeastern portion of the prefecture is under the jurisdiction of the Hiroshima Office in neighboring Hiroshima Prefecture, while the remaining lights on this page are maintained by the Moji Office, located across the Kanmon Strait in Fukuoka Prefecture. The Senzaki Office in northern Yamaguchi maintains the lights on the prefecture's Sea of Japan coast.

A note on the Sea of Japan/East Sea controversy: The Directory takes no side in any international dispute; it makes use of the terminology, names, and spellings as they currently exist in each area covered. The sea between Japan and Korea is called the Sea of Japan on the pages for Japan and the East Sea on the pages for Korea.

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 - Yamaguchi
A comprehensive site, although almost entirely in Japanese.
Lighthouse-Japan.com - Yamaguchi
Excellent photos with notes (in Japanese) for many of the lighthouses.
Kiso's Lighthouses
This site has many excellent photos of Japanese lighthouses.
Lighthouses (Yamaguchi Prefecture)
A comprehensive site for photos of Japanese lighthouses.
Misty's Japanese Lighthouse Tour
Photos and a few notes for lighthouses in all parts of the country.
Japanese Lighthouse/Cape Index
Photos of many Japanese lighthouses (identified by JCG number) are linked to this page.
Lighthouses in Yamaguchi Prefecture
Photos available from Wikimedia.
Japan: Modern Lighthouses
Historic postcard views posted by Michel Forand.

O Iso Light
O Iso Light, Suō-Ōshima
Japanese Coast Guard Hiroshima Office photo

Hiroshima Coast Guard District Lighthouses

Ōshima District: Suō-Ōshima Lighthouses
Note: The municipality of Suō-Ōshima occupies the island of Yashiro Shima at the south end of Hiroshima Bay. One of the largest islands of the Inland Sea, Yashiro Shima is about 30 km (19 mi) in length. It is accessible from the mainland by the Ōshima Bridge, built in 1976, which crosses a strait having one of the fastest and most dangerous tidal currents in Japan. Though the island is in Yamaguchi Prefecture, these lighthouses are maintained by the Hiroshima Coast Guard Office.
* Kuka Kō
1971. Active; focal plane 36 m (118 ft); two white flashes every 8 s. 11 m (36 ft) round concrete tower with gallery, centered on a round 1-story concrete equipment room. Entire lighthouse is white. There is a keeper's house nearby. Lighthouse-Japan.com has a page with several photos, another photo is available, and Google has a satellite view. Kuka is a port on the north side of Yashiro Shima. Located on a promontory northeast of the waterfront of Kuka. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-297; JCG-4795; Admiralty M5658; NGA 9100.
* Ihota Kō
1981. Active; focal plane 13 m (43 ft); red flash every 4 s. 10 m (33 ft) round cylindrical fiberglass tower with lantern. Entire lighthouse is red. A view from the sea and a second view are available, and Google has a satellite view. Located at the end of the inner breakwater mole at Ihota, near the easternmost tip of the island of Yashiro Shima. Appears to be accessible by walking the pier. Site open, tower closed. JCG-4797; Admiralty M5657; NGA 9108.
Oishi (Oisi)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 13 m (43 ft); one long and two short green flashes every 8 s. 10 m (33 ft) round concrete tower, mounted on a round concrete pier. Entire lighthouse is green. Photos are available, and Google has a satellite view. Located on a reef off the southeastern tip of Yashiro Shima. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. JCG-4930; Admiralty M5645.4; NGA 9192.
Kominase Shima (2)
1968 (heightened in 1991) (station established 1927). Active; focal plane 20 m (66 ft); white flash every 4 s. 15 m (49 ft) 2-stage round cylindrical concrete tower with two galleries on the lower stage; the upper stage is a slender concrete post. Entire lighthouse is white. Another photo is available, and Google has a distant satellite view of the station. The original light was on a skeletal tower. In 1991, the lantern of the present tower was removed and replaced by the upper stage. Located on the southeastern tip of a small island about 8 km (5 mi) south of the southeastern corner of Yashiro Shima. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. ARLHS JPN-1628; JCG-4916; Admiralty M5644; NGA 9148.
Okikamuro Shima Naga Se
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 15 m (49 ft); four green flashes (long-short-long-short) every 13 s. 11 m (36 ft) round concrete tower, mounted on a round concrete pier. Entire lighthouse is green. Another photo (second photo on the page) and a distant view from the sea are available, and Google has a satellite view. Located on a reef just off the southern tip of Okikamuro Shima, a small island off the south coast of Yashiro Shima. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. JCG-4934; Admiralty M5641; NGA 9202.
Kuka Ko Light
Kuka Kō Light, Suō-Ōshima
Japanese Coast Guard Hiroshima Office photo
* Agenosho Kō (Agenosyoko)
1964. Active; focal plane 11 m (36 ft); continuous red light with a moe intense flash every 5 s. 8.5 m (28 ft) concrete post attached to a square 1-story concrete equipment room. Entire structure covered with red tile. Google has a satellite view. Located at a breakwater of Agenosho Kō, a port on the south side of Yashiro Shima. Accessible by walking the pier. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1603; JCG-4937; Admiralty M5639; NGA 9212.
Shimo-Ninai (Simo-Ninai) Shima
1937. Active; focal plane 118 m (387 ft); four white flashes every 14 s. 12 m (39 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with lantern and gallery, rising from the front of a semicircular 1-story concrete keeper's house. Entire lighthouse is white. Kiso has a distant view, another distant view (2/3 the way down the page) is available, and Google has a satellite view. Located on the summit of a small island in the south entrance to the channel between Yashiro Shima and the mainland, about 15 km (9 mi) south southeast of Yanai. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. ARLHS JPN-1657; JCG-4938; Admiralty M5628; NGA 9216.
O Iso
1937. Active; focal plane 14 m (46 ft); white flash every 3 s. 16 m (52 ft) round concrete tower with lantern and gallery, painted white. A Coast Guard photo appears above, another good closeup photo is available, and Google has a satellite view. The lighthouse was originally painted with red and black horizontal bands and is still listed that way by NGA, but according to the Coast Guard it has been all white since 1986. The lighthouse stands on a dangerous rock in the narrow channel between Yashiro Shima and the mainland. Located about 2.5 km (1.5 mi) west of the Oshima Bridge. Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1647; JCG-4799; Admiralty M5636; NGA 9112.

Yanai City Lighthouses
Yanai Kō (Outer Breakwater)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 13 m (43 ft); two red flashes every 6 s. 9 m (30 ft) concrete post attached to a square 1-story concrete equipment shelter. Entire lighthouse is red. A sunrise photo is at right, a more distant view are available, and Google has a distant satellite view. Located at the west end of a detached breakwater off Yanai harbor. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1675; JCG-4801.5; Admiralty M5634.5; NGA 9116.
Yanai Kō East Breakwater
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 11 m (36 ft); two green flashes every 6 s. 8.5 m (28 ft) concrete post attached to a square 1-story concrete equipment shelter. Entire lighthouse is white. The light is barely visible in a very distant view, and Google has a distant satellite view. Located on a detached breakwater opposite the Outer Breakwater light (previous entry). Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1676; JCG-4802; Admiralty M5632; NGA 9120.
Yanai Kō West Breakwater
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 12 m (39 ft); red flash every 3 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 a distant satellite view. Located on a detached breakwater at the west entrance to Yanai harbor. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1677; JCG-4803; Admiralty M5634; NGA 9124.
Yanai Kō Light
Yanai Kō Light and Oshima Bridge, Yanai, October 2010
Panoramio Creative Commons photo by gataro-

Moji Coast Guard District Lighthouses

Kumage District: Kaminoseki Lighthouses
Ya Shima
Date unknown (station established 1909). Active; focal plane 61 m (200 ft); white flash every 10 s. 11.5 m (37 ft) round concrete tower with lantern and gallery. Entire lighthouse is white. A Coast Guard photo appears at right, a view from below (1/3 the way down the page) is available, and Google has a distant satellite view. This is an important light, since Ya Shima is the southernmost island of the Bōyo (Hōyo) Islands, the group that includes Suō-Ōshima. East-west ship traffic in the Inland Sea must round this point to continue in either direction. Located on a steep slope at the southern end of the island, a location that appears difficult to access. Site and tower closed. ARLHS JPN-742; JCG-4918; Admiralty M5414; NGA 9160.
Hojiro (Hoziro) Shima
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 39 m (128 ft); white flash every 3 s. 7 m (23 ft) concrete post attached to a square 1-story concrete equipment room. Kiso has a view from the sea, but Google has only a very distant satellite view. Located atop an islet about 11 km (6.5 mi) west of the Ya Shima lighthouse. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. ARLHS JPN-135; JCG-4919; Admiralty M5412; NGA 9164.
Kaijikake (Kazekaki) Iwa
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 13 m (43 ft); one short and one long green flash every 8 s. 11 m (36 ft) round concrete tower, flared strongly at the top and mounted on a round concrete pier. Entire lighthouse is green. A photo (2/3 the way down the page) and a second photo (halfway down the page, misidentified as #5113) are available. Google has a satellite view. Located on a rock off the southeastern tip of the Kumage peninsula. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. JCG-4939; Admiralty M5627; NGA 9220.

Ya Shima Light, Suō-Ōshima
Japanese Coast Guard photo
* Murotsu (Murotu)
1936. Active; focal plane 15 m (49 ft); white or red light depending on direction, 3 s on, 3 s off. 13 m (43 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with lantern and gallery. Entire lighthouse is white. A photo is at right, Kiso has a photo, and another photo is available, but Google has only a very distant satellite view. Located on the northeastern point of Naga Shima at Kaminoseki, marking the narrow channel between the island and the mainland, under the Kaminoseki Bridge. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1639; JCG-5110; Admiralty M5626; NGA 9436.
Hanaguri Shima
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 30 m (98 ft); white flash every 10 s. 10 m (33 ft) concrete post centered on a square 1- or 2-story concrete base. Entire lighthouse is white. Kiso has two views from the sea (halfway down the page), and Google has an indistinct satellite view. Hanaguri Shima is a small island off the southwestern end of Naga Shima. Located on the western tip of the island. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1615; JCG-4943; Admiralty M5410; NGA 9232.
* Shiraita (Siraida) Kō
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 12 m (39 ft); red light, 2 s on, 2 s off. Approx. 9 m (30 ft) concrete post attached to a square 1-story concrete equipment shelter. Entire lighthouse is red. A distant view is available, and Google has a distant satellite view. Located at the end of the breakwater of Shiraita, a small harbor on the north coast of Naga Shima. Accessible by walking the pier. ARLHS JPN-1659; JCG-5116; Admiralty M5407.4; NGA 9460.
Kame Iwa
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 14 m (46 ft); red light, one short and one long red flash every 8 s. 15 m (49 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower wth lantern and gallery. Entire lighthouse is red. A photo is available, and Google has a satellite view. Located on a rocky reef about 400 m (1/4 mi) off the northern point of Naga Shima. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. JCG-5115; Admiralty M5408; NGA 9456.

Kumage District: Hirao Lighthouses
Suo Ikada Se
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 14 m (46 ft); one short and one long green flash every 8 s. 9.5 m (31 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower mounted on a large concrete pier. Entire lighthouse is green. A photo (#5117, not quite halfway down the page) and a distant view are available, and Google has a distant satellite view. Located on a shoal about 1.7 km (1.1 mi) west northwest of the Kame Iwa light. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. JCG-5117; Admiralty M5407; NGA 9464.
Murotsu Light
Murotsu Light, Kaminoseki, July 2010
Panoramio photo copyright kokudou188; permission requested
Hirao Saga (Hiraosaga) Kō
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 12 m (39 ft); continuous red light with a more intense flash every 5 s. 10 m (33 ft) round concrete tower with a flared top, mounted on a square concrete base. Entire lighthouse is red. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. Located at the west end of detached breakwater at the entrance to Saga harbor in Hirao. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1618; JCG-5118; Admiralty M5408.5; NGA 9468.

Kumage District: Tabuse Lighthouse
Maru Iwa
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 11 m (36 ft); red light, one short and one long red flash every 8 s. 11 m (36 ft) concrete post, attached to a 1-story concrete equipment shelter and mounted on a concrete pier. Entire lighthouse is red. A photo is available, and Google has a satellite view. Located on a reef in the entrance to Hirao harbor. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. JCG-5119; Admiralty M5406.5; NGA 9472.

Hikari City Lighthouses
* Murozumi Kō
1949. Active; focal plane 12 m (39 ft); white light, 3 s on, 3 s off. 9 m (30 ft) concrete post attached to a square 1-story concrete equipment room. Entire structure is white. A closeup photo is at right, another photo is available, and Google has a satellite view. Located at the end of a short breakwater at the tip of a hook-shaped spit sheltering the harbor of Murozumi. Accessible by walking the pier. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1641; JCG-5122; Admiralty M5406; NGA 9484.
Ominase Shima
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 12 m (39 ft); white flash every 3 s. 10 m (33 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower. Entire lighthouse is white. A photo is available (1/3 the way down the page), and Google has a satellite view. Located on a rock off the southern tip of Ominase Shima, a small island off Hikari. Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1649; JCG-5123; Admiralty M5405; NGA 9488.

Kudamatsu City Lighthouse
Hiburi Saki
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 37 m (121 ft); white flash every 4 s. 7.5 m (25 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower. Entire lighthouse is white. Kiso has a view from the sea, and Bing has a satellite view. This lighthouse stands atop a rocky islet just off the southern tip of Kasado Shima, about 10 km (6 mi) south of Kudamatsu. Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed. ARLHS JPN-109; JCG-5136; Admiralty M5404.4; NGA 9508.

Shūnan (Tokuyama) City Lighthouses
Iwa Shima
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 23 m (75 ft); three white flashes every 12 s. 10.5 m (31 ft) round cylindrical stone tower with lantern and gallery, painted white. A good photo is available, also a second photo (third photo on the page), and Google has a satellite view. This lighthouse stands atop a rocky islet in the middle of the entrance to Tokuyama Bay, about 10 km (6 mi) southwest of Kudamatsu. Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1620; JCG-5143; Admiralty M5400; NGA 9520.
* Kudamatsu (1)
1893. Inactive for many years. Approx. 8 m (26 ft) unpainted square pyramidal stone tower with a stone lantern of traditional form. A photo is available, and Google has a satellite view. According to a blog, this is the oldest lighthouse of Shūnan. Probably it has been relocated for display. The blog also has photos of a similar beacon, with no lantern, that formerly stood on the Harumi pier; its current location is unclear. Located on the Kudamatsu waterfront in Tokuyama. Site open, tower closed.
Murozumi Light
Murozumi Kō Light, Hikari, November 2009
Panoramio Creative Commons photo by K. Hornet
* Tokuyama (Tikko Breakwater)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 13 m (43 ft); green light, 2 s on, 2 s off. 11 m (36 ft) round white concrete tower with gallery, attached to a square 1-story concrete equipment shelter. A photo is available, and Google has a good satellite view. The design of this tower suggests that it may have had a lantern in the past. Located on a short breakwater in the old harbor of Tokuyama. Accessible by walking the pier. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1666; JCG-5151; Admiralty M5404; NGA 9536.

Hōfu City Lighthouse
* No Shima (Nojima, No Sima, Suō Noshima)
1978. Active; focal plane 87 m (285 ft); white light, 3 s on, 3 s off. 19 m (62 ft) square white concrete tower with lantern and gallery. A boxlike chamber below the gallery contains a powerful spotlight that illuminates the nearby reef of Omo Se. Kiso has a photo, a distant view is available, and Google has a satellite view. No Shima is an inhabited island in Suō Bay about 20 km (13 mi) southwest of Kudamatsu and 15 km (9 mi) southeast of Hōfu. Passenger ferry service is available from both cites. Located on a summit near the southern tip of the island. Accessible by a 15-minute walk from the ferry terminal. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-602; JCG-5140; Admiralty M5398.5; NGA 9512.
* No Shima Kō (West 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. The city of Hōfu has a small photo (1/3 the way down the page), and Google has a distant satellite view. Located at the end of the west (main) breakwater of the harbor on No Shima. Accessible by walking the pier, and there's a good view from arriving ferries. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1646; JCG-5142; Admiralty M5399; NGA 9516.
Mitaziri Nakanoseki Kō
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 14 m (46 ft); red flash every 3 s. 9.5 m (31 ft) round concrete tower attached to a small equipment shelter. Entire lighthouse is red. A distant view from nearby mountains is available, and Google has a distant satellite view. Located on a detached breakwater outside the entrance to Hōfu harbor. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. JCG-5181.7; Admiralty M5396; NGA 9577.
* Nakanoseki (Nakano Saki)
1932. Active; focal plane 66 m (217 ft); white light, 2 s on, 2 s off. 12 m (39 ft) square concrete post attached to a 1-story concrete equipment building. Lighthouse-Japan.com has a page with several photos, another page and another photo are available, and the light pokes through the trees in Google's satellite view. Located on a densely-forested promontory on the west side of the entrance to Hōfu harbor. Accessible by a hiking trail. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1643; JCG-5193; Admiralty M5394; NGA 9584.
Saba Shima
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 47 m (154 ft); white flash every 3 s. 13 m (43 ft) square white concrete tower. No closeup photo available. A very distant view is available (first photo on the page), but the tower is inconspicuous in Google's satellite view. Located atop a small island about 7 km (4.5 mi) southwest of Nakano Saki. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. ARLHS JPN-1651; JCG-5200; Admiralty M5390.6; NGA 9604.

Yamaguchi City Lighthouses
* Kusayama Saki
1982. Active; focal plane 128 m (420 ft); white light, 3 s on, 3 s off; in addition, a continuous white spotlight (JCG-5202) illuminates a nearby shoal. 12 m (39 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with gallery. Entire lighthouse is white. A photo is at right, Lighthouse-Japan.com has a page with several photos, Kiso has a closeup photo, another photo is available, and Google has a satellite view. Located on a high promontory jutting into Suō Bay about 15 km (9 mi) south of Ogori. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-313; JCG-5201; Admiralty M5390; NGA 9608.
* Aio Kō (South Breakwater)
1976. Active; focal plane 12 m (39 ft); red light, 2 s on, 2 s off. 8.5 m (28 ft) concrete post attached to a square 1-story concrete equipment room. Entire structure is red. Google has a distant satellite view. Located at the end of the south (main) breakwater of Aio harbor. Accessible by walking the pier. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1605; JCG-5204; Admiralty M5390.45; NGA 9616.
Iwayano Hana
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 22 m (72 ft); continuous white spotlight illuminating a nearby reef. 6 m (20 ft) round cylindrical white concrete tower. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. Located at the end of a long, narrow peninsula southwest of Aio. Site status unknown. JCG-5206; NGA 9620.

Ube City Lighthouses
Suo Tateishi
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 12 m (39 ft); white flash every 4 s. 8 m (26 ft) round concrete tower with lantern and gallery, centered on an octagonal concrete pier. Entire lighthouse is white. Google has only a distant satellite view. NGA garbles the name as "Ta Teisi." Located on a reef in the center of the entrance to Yamaguchi harbor. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1664; JCG-5207; Admiralty M5389; NGA 9624.
Kusayama Saki Light
Kusayama Saki Light, Yamaguchi, November 2011
Panoramio photo copyright ice custodian; used by permission
Maruo Kō
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 9 m (30 ft); green light, 4 s on, 4 s off. 6.5 m (21 ft) concrete post attached to a square 1-story concrete equipment room. Entire structure is white. A very distant view is available, and Google has an indistinct satellite view. Located on the east breakwater of Maruo harbor, on the east side of Ube. Accessible by walking the pier. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1630; JCG-5208; Admiralty M5388; NGA 9628.
Kamega Se
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 12 m (39 ft); white flash every 4 s. 14 m (46 ft) round white tower mounted on an octagonal concrete pier. No photo available, but Bing has a satellite view. Located on a shoal about 2 km (1.25 mi) south of Ube Airport. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. JCG-5210; Admiralty M5386; NGA 9636.
Ubemisaki Kō
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 12 m (39 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 room. Entire structure is white. Bing has a distant satellite view. Located on the east end of a detached breakwater protecting the entrance to Ube's fishing harbor, just west of the airport. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1672; JCG-5210.5; Admiralty M5382; NGA 9640.
Motoyama
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 15 m (49 ft); white flash every 3 s. 15 m (49 ft) round concrete tower with lantern and gallery, mounted on a square concrete pier. Lighthouse painted white with one black horizontal band. Kiso has a photo, and Bing has a satellite view. Located in Suō Bay about 5 km (3 mi) offshore south of Ube. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1637; JCG-5212; Admiralty M5387; NGA 9648.

San'yō-Onoda City Lighthouse
Onoda Kō
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 11 m (36 ft); two green flashes every 6 s. 8.5 m (28 ft) concrete post centered on a round 1-story concrete equipment room. Entire structure is white. Google has only a distant satellite view. Located on the north breakwater at the entrance to Onoda harbor. Site status unknown. ARLHS JPN-1650; JCG-5250; Admiralty M5372; NGA 9668.

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Posted January 25, 2007. Checked and revised November 16, 2013. Lighthouses: 41. Site copyright 2013 Russ Rowlett and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.