Lighthouses of Japan: Shimane

This page lists lighthouses of the mainland portion of the Japanese prefecture of Shimane, which faces the Sea of Japan on the far southwestern coast of Honshū. This is a rugged and beautiful coast, with many small ports but only a few big ones. Hamada is the most important port in the prefecture.

Note: There is a separate page for the Oki Islands, which are also part of Shimane prefecture.

In Japanese, the word for a lighthouse is tōdai or toudai (灯台). The words saki and misaki are for capes and headlands, shima (also spelled sima or jima) is an island, wan is a bay, andis a harbor. Lighthouses in Japan are operated and maintained by the Japanese Coast Guard's Maritime Safety Agency. On Honshū there is at least one Coast Guard Section Office in each prefecture, often two or more. Shimane has one office at Hamada, but lights in the eastern half of the prefecture are maintained by the office at Sakai, just over the border in Tottori Prefecture.

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

General Sources
Lighthouses in Japan - Shimane
A comprehensive Japanese-language site.
Lighthouse-Japan.com - Shimane
Excellent photos with notes (in Japanese) for many of the lighthouses.
Form of a Lighthouse - Shimane
Another site with many photos of Japanese lighthouses.
Kiso's Lighthouses
This site has many excellent photos of Japanese lighthouses.
Lighthouses (Shimane Prefecture)
A comprehensive site for photos of Japanese lighthouses.
Misty's Japanese Lighthouse Tour - Shimane
Photos and a few notes for lighthouses in all parts of the country.
Lighthouses in Shimane Prefecture
Photos available from Wikimedia.
Lighthouses of Hamada
Photos and data for the major lighthouses maintained by the Hamada Coast Guard Office.
Sakaiminato Area Lighthouses
Photos posted by the Sakai Coast Guard Office.
Eighth Region Lighthouses
Photos and data for 13 of the major lighthouses of the Eighth Coast Guard Region, including 8 in Shimane.
The Famous Fifty Lighthouses
Photos of the lighthouses voted most famous in Japan, posted by the Eighth Coast Guard Region. Two of the fifty (Hino Misaki and Mihonoseki) are in Shimane Prefecture.
Japan: Modern Lighthouses
Historic postcard views posted by Michel Forand.
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.

Mihonoseki Light
Mihonoseki Light, Matsue, August 2009
Wikimedia Creative Commons photo by Flow in edgewise

Hamada Coast Guard District Lighthouses

Masuda Lighthouses
* Iinoura Kō
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 15 m (49 ft); continuous red light with two more intense flashes every 10 s. 9.5 m (31 ft) concrete post attached to a 1-story square concrete equipment shelter. Entire structure is red. No photo available, but Bing has a satellite view. Located on the north (main) breakwater of Iinoura harbor. Probably accessible by walking the pier. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1553; JCG-0783; Admiralty M7357; NGA 1800.
Uomachino Hana
1954. Active; focal plane 34 m (112 ft); white light, 3 s on, 3 s off. 11 m (36 ft) round concrete tower centered on a 1-story square concrete equipment building. Entire lighthouse is white. Lighthouse-Japan.com has a page with several photos, Kato's blog has another page for the lighthouse, the Coast Guard also has a photo (left photo, next to last row), and the light is visible in Bing's satellite view. Located on a promontory about 10 km (6 mi) north of Masuda. Site status unknown. ARLHS JPN-718; JCG-0785; Admiralty M7354; NGA 1812.
Taka Shima (Takashima)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 126 m (413 ft); white flash every 8 s. 15 m (49 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with lantern and gallery. Entire lighthouse is white. A Coast Guard photo is at right, and Google has a satellite view. Taka Shima is a small island 8 km (5 mi) offshore and 16 km (10 mi) north of Masuda. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. ARLHS JPN-824; JCG-0786; Admiralty M7352.4; NGA 1804.
* Sutsu (Suttsu) Kō
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 12 m (39 ft); continuous red light with a more intense flash every 6 s. 9.5 m (31 ft) concrete post attached to a square 1-story concrete equipment room. Entire lighthouse is red. Google has a distant satellite view. Located at the end of the west breakwater of Sutsu harbor, just west of the giant Misumi power plant. Accessible by walking the pier. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1578; JCG-0787; NGA 1816.

Hamada Lighthouses
Hamada West Outer Breakwater
Date unknown. Active; focal plane about 13 m (43 ft); red light, pattern unknown. Approx. 9 m (30 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with a flared top, attached to a 1-story concrete equipment shelter. Entire structure is red. No photo available, but Bing has a satellite view. Located at the north end of a detached breakwater on the west side of Hamada harbor. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. JCG-0789.1.
Taka Shima Light
Taka Shima Light, Masuda
Japanese Coast Guard Hamada Office photo
* Hamada Kō
1975. Active; focal plane 13 m (43 ft); red light, 2 s on, 2 s off. 9.5 m (31 ft) round hourglass-shaped concrete tower. Entire structure is red. Google has a satellite view. Located at the end of a short breakwater at the west end of Hamada harbor. Accessible by walking the pier. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1550; JCG-0796; Admiralty M7351; NGA 1848.
Hamada West Breakwater
1993. Active; focal plane 14 m (46 ft); continuous red light with two more intense flashes every 6 s. 9.5 m (31 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with a flared top, attached to a 1-story concrete equipment shelter. Entire structure is red. This light is on the left in a panoramic view of the harbor, and Google has a satellite view. Located at the north end of the main breakwater on the west side of Hamada harbor. Accessible by walking the pier. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1552; JCG-0793.5; Admiralty M7349.2; NGA 1840.
Hamada North Detached Breakwater
Date unknown (1993?). Active; focal plane 14 m (46 ft); two green flashes every 6 s. 9.5 m (31 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with a flared top, attached to a 1-story concrete equipment shelter. Entire structure is white. This light is second from the left in a panoramic view of the harbor, and Google has a satellite view. Located at the west end of a detached breakwater on the northwest side of Hamada harbor. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1551; JCG-0794; Admiralty M7349.15; NGA 1832.
Hamada Inner Breakwater
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 14 m (46 ft); red flash every 4 s. 9.5 m (31 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with a flared top, attached to a 1-story concrete equipment shelter. Entire structure is red. This light is third from the left in a panoramic view of the harbor, and Google has a satellite view. Located at the north end of a detached inner breakwater at Hamada. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. JCG-0793; Admiralty M7349.2; NGA 1840.
Hamada North Breakwater
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 14 m (46 ft); green light, 3 s on, 3 s off; in addition, a continuous white spotlight (JCG-0692.1) illuminates a nearby reef. 9.5 m (31 ft) concrete post attached to a square 1-story concrete equipment room. Entire lighthouse is white. This light is on the right in a panoramic view of the harbor and at the far left in another distant view, while Google has a satellite view. Located at the west end of the original detached north breakwater of Hamada harbor. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. JCG-0792; Admiralty M7348.5; NGA 1844.
Uma Shima
1898. Active; focal plane 34 m (112 ft); two white flashes every 12 s; in addition a continuous white spotlight (JCG-0791) illuminates a nearby reef. 10.5 m (31 ft) round brick tower, rsising from a 1-story equipment building. Lighthouse painted white. The Coast Guard's photo is at right, and Google has a satellite view. Located on an island at the northern entrance to Hamada harbor. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. ARLHS JPN-713; JCG-0790; Admiralty M7348; NGA 1824.
* Togane Kō
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 12 m (39 ft); continuous red light with a more intense flash every 6 s. 9.5 m (31 ft) concrete post attached to a square 1-story concrete equipment room. Entire lighthouse is red. Google has an indistinct satellite view. Located on the south breakwater of Togane, a small fishing harbor about 10 km (6 mi) northeast of Hamada harbor. Accessible by walking the pier. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1581; JCG-0798; Admiralty M7347.4; NGA 1852.
Uma Shima Light
Uma Shima Light, Hamada
Japanese Coast Guard Hamada Office photo

Gōtsu Lighthouses
* Iwami Ōsaki Hana
1974. Active; focal plane 72 m (236 ft); white flash every 10 s. 16 m (52 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with lantern and gallery, attached to a 1-story equipment room. There is also a communications tower on the gallery. Entire lighthouse is white. Shugo Morita's 2012 photo is at right, Lighthouse-Japan.com has a page with good photos, the Coast Guard has a page for the lighthouse, Kato's blog also has a page for the lighthouse, Misty's Tour has another photo, additional photos are available, and Google has a satellite view. This lighthouse stands atop one of the highest in a series of rocky promontories, separated by long sandy beaches, that punctuate this section of the coast. Located about 10 km (6 mi) northeast of Hamada. Accessible by road and a short hiking trail. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-189; JCG-0799; Admiralty M7347; NGA 1856.
* Gōtsu (Gōsu)
1960. Active; focal plane 65 m (213 ft); white light, 3 s on, 3 s off. 10.5 m (31 ft) square cylindrical concrete tower with double gallery. The light is atop the tower; in addition, a spotlight (JCG-0801) shines through a square window to illuminate the narrow harbor entrance. Entire lighthouse is white. Lighthouse-Japan.com has a page with good photos, the Coast Guard has a page for the lighthouse, another page has photos, Misty's Tour has another photo, and Google has a satellite view. Located on a steep promontory on the northeast side of Gōtsu. Accessible by road. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-071; JCG-0800; Admiralty M7346.5; NGA 1860.

Ōda Lighthouses
* Yunotsu Breakwater
1963. Active; focal plane 12 m (39 ft); continuous green light with a more intense flash every 6 s. 8.5 m (28 ft) concrete post attached to a 1-story square concrete equipment shelter. Entire structure is white. Kato's blog has a page with two photos, a distant view (top of the page) is available, and Google has an indistinct satellite view. Located on the short east breakwater of Yonotsu harbor, a fishing port about 13 km (8 mi) northeast of Gōtsu. Accessible by walking the pier. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1585; JCG-0804; Admiralty M7346.2; NGA 1872.
* Yunotsu (Yunotu) Kō
1958. Active; focal plane 68 m (223 ft); flash every 2 s, white or red depending on direction. 10 m (33 ft) round concrete tower attached to a square 1-story concrete equipment shelter. Entire lighthouse is white. Lighthouse-Japan.com has a page with photos, Kato's blog also has a page, and another page has a closeup (halfway down the page), but the tower is not seen in Google's fuzzy satellite view. Entire lighthouse is white. Located on a forested promonotory north of the breakwater light. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-765; JCG-0803; Admiralty M7346; NGA 1868.
Ōzaki Hana Light
Iwami Ōsaki Hana Light, Gōtsu, August 2012
Flickr photo copyright Shugo Morita; used by permission
Nima Kō
2013. Active; focal plane 13 m (43 ft); red flash every 3 s. 8 m (26 ft) concrete post attached to a square concrete equipment room. Entire lighthouse is red. No photo available, and Google has only a fuzzy satellite view of the location. The Coast Guard published detailed plans for the new light. Located at the end of the detached west breakwater at the entrance to Nima harbor, a fishing port about 25 km (15 mi) northeast of Gōtsu. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1565; JCG-0805; Admiralty M7345; NGA 1876.
#Nima Kō Outer Breakwater
Date unknown. Demolished in 2013. This was a 12 m (39 ft) concrete post attached to a square 1-story concrete equipment shelter. Entire lighthouse was white. Kato's blog has a photo (second photo on the page), and Google has a fuzzy satellite view. In January 2013 the two Nima lights were deactivated and replaced by a new tower on the detached west breakwater (previous entry). Located on the north outer breakwater of Nima harbor, a fishing port about 25 km (15 mi) northeast of Gōtsu.
#Nima Kō (East Breakwater)
Date unknown. Demolished in 2013. This was a 10 m (33 ft) round concrete tower centered on a 1-story round concrete base. Entire structure was white. Wolfgang Meier has a photo, Kato's blog has photos (first and third photos on the page), and Google has a fuzzy satellite view. Located on the east breakwater of Nima harbor. Accessible by walking the pier. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1564; ex-JCG-0806; ex-Admiralty M7344; ex-NGA 1880.
Isotake Kō (2)
2010. Active; focal plane 14 m (46 ft); red flash every 4 s. 9 m (30 ft) concrete post attached to a square 1-story concrete equipment shelter. The entire lighthouse is presumably red (although the Admiralty's notice of the new light described it as white). Kiso's blog has a photo (second photo on the page), but Google has only a fuzzy satellite view of the location. In 2010, the two lights at Isotake were replaced by this new light. Located on a detached breakwater at Isotake harbor. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1554; JCG-0808; Admiralty M7343; NGA 1892.
* Isotake Kō (1)
1959. Demolished in 2010. This was a 13 m (43 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower rising from a 1-story equipment shelter. Entire lighthouse was white. Google has a distant satellite view of the location. Located at the end of the west (main) breakwater of Isotake, about 10 km (6 mi) west of Ōda city. Accessible by walking the pier. Site open, tower closed. ex-JCG-0808; ex-Admiralty M7343; ex-NGA 1892.
* Ō Misaki
1959. Active; focal plane 69 m (226 ft); white flash every 6 s. 14.5 m (48 ft) round concrete tower with lantern and gallery, attached to a 1-story keeper's house. Entire lighthouse is white. A Coast Guard photo is at right,the Coast Guard has a page with another photo, Lighthouse-Japan.com has a page with photos, another page of photos is available, a 2011 photo is available, Misty's Tour has another good photo, and Google has a distant satellite view. Local school children created and buried a time capsule at the lighthouse to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 1999. Located on a summit on the north side of Isotake harbor. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-446; JCG-0810; Admiralty M7342; NGA 1888.
* Kute Kō West Breakwater
1968. Active; focal plane 12 m (39 ft); continuous red light with a more intense flash every 4 s. 9.5 m (31 ft) concrete post attached to a 1-story square concrete equipment shelter. Entire structure is red. Kato's blog has a page with a photo, additional photos are available, and Google has a satellite view. Located on the west breakwater of Kute. Accessible by walking the pier. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1561; JCG-0814; Admiralty M7341; NGA 1904.
* Kute Kō North Breakwater
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 13 m (43 ft); green flash every 3 s. 8.5 m (28 ft) round hourglass-shaped concrete tower. Entire structure is white. Kato's blog has a page with two photos, additional photos are available, and Google has a satellite view. Located on the north breakwater of Kute, which appears to be detached. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1560; JCG-0813; Admiralty M7341.2; NGA 1912.
Ō Misaki Light
Open house at Ō Misaki Light, Ōda, 12 August 2011
Japanese Coast Guard Hamada Office photo
* Tategami (Tategami Hana)
1951. Active; focal plane 93 m (305 ft); four white flashes every 15 s. 10 m (33 ft) round hourglass-shaped concrete tower with gallery. Entire lighthouse is white. Lighthouse-Japan.com has a page with good photos, another page has a closeup and other photos, the Coast Guard has a page with a distant view, and the tower pokes through dense forest in Google's satellite view. Located on a steep, frested promontory just north of Hane harbor. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-629; JCG-0817; Admiralty M7338; NGA 1916.

Sakai Coast Guard District Lighthouses

Izumo Lighthouses
Note: The north coast of Shimane features a steep, forested ridge 65 km (40 mi) long, with the west half of the ridge in Izumo City and the east half in Matsue City. Both ends of the ridge project into the sea forming prominent capes. These capes are the sites of Shimane's best-known lighthouses, Hinomisaki in the west and Mihonoseki in the east.
* Taisha Kō (East Breakwater)
1988. Active; focal plane 13 m (43 ft); red flash every 4 s. 8.5 m (28 ft) concrete post light attached to a 1-story square concrete equipment shelter. Entire structure is red. A closeup photo and additional photos are available, and Google has an indistinct satellite view. Taisha Kō is a small boat harbor on the northwest side of Izumo city. Located at an elbow of the east breakwater, marking the entrance to Taisha harbor. Accessible by walking the pier. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1579; JCG-0819; Admiralty M7336.4; NGA 1928.
Taisha Kō Outer Breakwater
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 13 m (43 ft); green flash every 4 s. 10 m (33 ft) concrete post light attached to a 1-story square concrete equipment shelter. Entire structure is white. Google has a distant satellite view. Located at the south end of the detached outer breakwater of Taisha harbor. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1580; JCG-0818; Admiralty M7337; NGA 1932.
**** Hino Misaki (Hinomisaki, Izumo Hino Misaki)
1903. Active; focal plane 63 m (207 ft); two white flashes followed by one red flash every 20 s. 44 m (145 ft) round stone tower with lantern and gallery, attached to a 1-story keeper's house now used as a visitor center. Entire lighthouse painted white. A photo is at right, Nathan Dickworth has a photo, Lighthouse-Japan.com has a page with photos, a good 2008 photo is available, the Sakai Coast Guard Office has a web site for the lighthouse, another page has photos, Wikimedia has many photos, Klaus Huelse has a historic postcard view, Forand has a 1926 postcard view, and Bing has a satellite view. This mighty tower is Japan's tallest lighthouse and certainly one of the country's most famous; it was an easy choice for the Famous Fifty. It stands on a prominent and dangerous cape about 8 km (5 mi) west of the city of Izumo, marking shoals that extend westward from the cape into the Sea of Japan. Open to visitors, the tower is a very popular tourist attraction. Site open, tower open daily. ARLHS JPN-201; JCG-0821; Admiralty M7334; NGA 1936.
* Hino Misaki Sakaguri Shoal Beacon
1973. Active; focal plane 36 m (118 ft); continuous white light. 13 m (43 ft) semicircular cylindrical white concrete tower; the light is shown through a window. This tower shines a spotlight on a dangerous reef just off the cape. Another photo (bottom of the page) is available, and Bing has an indistinct satellite view. Located just northeast of the Hinomisaki lighthouse. Site open, tower closed. JCG-0822.
Uryu Entrance Beacon
1983. Active; focal plane 36 m (118 ft); continuous white light. 13 m (43 ft) round cylindrical white concrete tower. Shone through a square window, the light illuminates the narrow entrance to Uryu harbor. Additional photos (next to last row) are available, and Google has a satellite view. Located at the tip of a promontory on the west side of the harbor entrance. Site open, tower closed. JCG-0822.5.
Sagiura
1959. Active; focal plane 57 m (187 ft); white flash every 4 s. 8 m (26 ft) concrete post attached to a square 1-story concrete equipment shelter. Entire lighthouse is white. The Lighthouses in Japan site also has a page for the lighthouse, additional photos (second row) are available, and Google has a very distant satellite view of the location. Located on a promontory on the west side of the entrance to Sagiura Bay. Accessible by a fairly strenuous hiking trail. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-522; JCG-0824; Admiralty M7333.5; NGA 1954.
Hinomisaki Light
Hinomisaki Light, Izumo, February 2007
Wikimedia public domain photo by Isebito
* Uppurui Kō (2?)
Date unknown (station established 1984). Active; focal plane 13 m (43 ft); green light, 3 s on, 3 s off. 9.5 m (31 ft) round concrete tower, flared at the top, connected to a small equipment shelter. A page for the light has a good photo, and Bing has a satellite view. Located at the end of the north breakwater at Uppurui. Accessible by walking the pier. Site open, tower closed. JCG-0825.5; Admiralty M7333.2; NGA 1952.
Uppurui (Oppurui) Hana
1957. Active; focal plane 65 m (213 ft); three white flashes every 13 s. 6 m (20 ft) round concrete tower with gallery, attached to a small equipment closet. Entire lighthouse is white. Lighthouse-Japan.com has a page with good photos, additional photos are available, and Bing has a satellite view. Located on a sharp, rocky promontory at the northern entrance to Izumo Bay, about 12 km (7.5 mi) north of the city. This site appears difficult to access. Site and tower closed. ARLHS JPN-720; JCG-0826; Admiralty M7333; NGA 1956.
* Nagaoka (Nagaoga) Hana
1971. Active; focal plane 76 m (249 ft); white light, 3 s on, 3 s off. 10 m (33 ft) round hourglass-shaped concrete tower. Entire lighthouse is white. Lighthouse-Japan.com has a page with photos, there's another page for the lighthouse, the Coast Guard has an page with two aerial views (including the one at right), and Bing has a satellite view. Located on a bluff near Koizu, about 18 km (11 mi) west of Matsue. The light is above the coastal road and is accessible by a stiff climb up a long and rather scary flight of stairs. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-202; JCG-0827; Admiralty M7331; NGA 1960.
* Koizu Kō (West Breakwater)
1977. Active; focal plane 12 m (39 ft); red flash every 3 s. 8.5 m (28 ft) round hourglass-shaped concrete tower. Entire lighthouse is red. Additional photos are available, and Bing has a satellite view. Located at the end of the west breakwater at Koizu, a small harbor about 10 km (6 mi) due north of Izumo. Accessible by walking the pier. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1558; JCG-0828; Admiralty M7331.5; NGA 1964.
Nagaoka Hana Light
Nagaoka Hana Light, Izumo
Japanese Coast Guard Eighth Region photo

Matsue Lighthouses
* Etomo Kō South Breakwater
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 11 m (36 ft); continuous red light with a more intense flash every 6 s. 9.5 m (31 ft) concrete post attached to a square 1-story concrete equipment shelter. Entire lighthouse is red. A sunset photo shows the light in silhouette (with the Oki Breakwater lighthouse in the distance), a page for the Etomo harbor lighthouses has a photo, and Google has a satellite view. Located at the end of the south breakwater of Etomo, marking the entrance to the inner (traditional) harbor. Accessible by walking the pier. Site open, tower closed. JCG-0830; Admiralty M7328; NGA 1972.
* Etomo Kō (Oki Breakwater)
1985. Active; focal plane 17 m (56 ft); green light, 3 s on, 3 s off. 14 m (46 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with lantern and gallery. Entire lighthouse is white. A page for the Etomo harbor lighthouses has a photo, and Google has a satellite view. Located at the end of the west breakwater of Etomo harbor. Accessible by walking the pier. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1567; JCG-0828.5; Admiralty M7327.5; NGA 1968.
* Etomo
1953. Active; focal plane 58 m (190 ft); white light, 5 s on, 3 s off. 9.5 m (31 ft) round concrete tower, rising from a 1-story square concrete equipment house. Entire lighthouse is white. Lighthouse-Japan.com has a page with good photos, additional photos (bottom of the page) are available, and Google has an indistinct satellite view. Located on a promontory about 2.5 km (1.5 mi) north of Etomo. Apparently accessible by a hiking trail. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-065; JCG-0833; Admiralty M7325; NGA 1976.
* Mitsu (Mizu) Kō West Breakwater
1967. Active; focal plane 13 m (43 ft); red light, 3 s on, 3 s off. 9.5 m (31 ft) concrete post attached to a 1-story square concrete equipment room. Entire lighthouse is red. Additional photos are available, and Bing has an indistinct satellite view. Located at the end of the west breakwater of Mitsu harbor. Accessible by walking the pier. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1563; JCG-0836; Admiralty M7324.6; NGA 1992.
* Mitsu (Mizu) Kō
1967(?). Active; focal plane 14 m (46 ft); green light, 3 s on, 3 s off. 9.5 m (31 ft) concrete post attached to a 1-story square concrete equipment room. Entire lighthouse is white. Additional photos are available, and Bing has an indistinct satellite view. Located at the west end of a detached outer breakwater of Mitsu harbor. Accessible by walking the pier. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1562; JCG-0836.5; Admiralty M7324.7; NGA 1988.
* Kaga
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 13 m (43 ft); red flash every 3 s. 10 m (33 ft) concrete post attached to a 1-story concrete equipment room. Entire lighthouse is red. A distant view is available, and Google has a fuzzy satellite view. Located at the end of the north breakwater of Kaga port. Accessible by walking the pier. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1556; JCG-837.5; Admiralty M7324.5; NGA 1996.
Kukedo Hana
1952. Active; focal plane 34 m (112 ft); white light occulting once every 4 s. 10 m (33 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower attached to a square 1-story concrete equipment house. Entire lighthouse is white. Lighthouse-Japan.com has a page with good photos, another page also has good photos, a 2010 closeup photo and a 2012 view from the sea are available, and Google has a distant satellite view. Located on a promontory about 10 km (6 mi) north of Matsue. Site status unknown. ARLHS JPN-298; JCG-0837; Admiralty M7324.4; NGA 2000.
* Tako Hana
1952. Active; focal plane 113 m (371 ft); white flash every 10 s. 7 m (23 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower attached to a small 1-story concrete equipment house. Entire lighthouse is white. A larger square building adjoining the lighthouse carries a tall communications antenna. The lighthouse marks the northernmost point of the Shimane mainland. A Coast Guard photo is at right, Lighthouse-Japan.com has a page with a closeup photo, another page of photos is available, Misty's Tour has another photo, and the lighthouse is visible in a Google satellite view. Located on a promontory about 11 km (6.5 mi) north northeast of Matsue. Accessible by road. ARLHS JPN-621; JCG-0838; Admiralty M7324; NGA 2004.
Tako Hana Light
Tako Hana Light, Matsue
Japanese Coast Guard Eighth Region photo
* Sezaki
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 53 m (174 ft); continuous white light. 6 m (20 ft) square white concrete tower; the light is shown through a window. A photo is available, and Google has a satellite view. This tower has a powerful spotlight illuminating a nearby reef. Located about 2.5 km (1.5 mi) southeast of Tako Hana. Accessible by road. Site open, tower closed. JCG-0839.5.
Tsunowa (Tunowa) Hana
1971. Active; focal plane 34 m (112 ft); white light occulting twice every 6 s; in addition, a continuous white spotlight illuminates the nearby Kuroshima reef. 10 m (33 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower. Entire lighthouse is white. This lighthouse is at the end of a long, forested peninsula; it may be accessible by hiking. Lighthouse-Japan.com has a page with good photos, additional photos are available, and Google has a satellite view. Located about 5 km (3 mi) southeast of Tako Hana. Site status unknown. ARLHS JPN-694; JCG-0841; Admiralty M7318.4; NGA 2012.
* Shichirui (Siturui) Kō
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 45 m (148 ft); three white flashes every 13 s. 11 m (36 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower, wider at the top, painted with red and white horizontal bands. The light appears in a Google satellite view. Located at the tip of a promontory sheltering the harbor of Shichurui, about 8 km (5 mi) west of Mihonoseki. Accessible by a hiking trail. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-590; JCG-0843; Admiralty M7314; NGA 2016.
Shichirui Kō Detached Breakwater
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 11 m (36 ft); continuous green light with a more intense flash every 5 s. 9.5 m (31 ft) concrete post attached to a 1-story square concrete equipment room. Entire lighthouse is white. A photo is available (third photo on the page), and Google has a satellite view. Located at the north end of the detached breakwater at Shichiuri. Accessible only by boat, but there are good views from ferries sailing from Shichiuri to the Oki Islands. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1574; JCG-0846; Admiralty M7315.2; NGA 2024.
Tsuriboko Yama
1958. Active; focal plane 122 m (400 ft); white light, 3 s on, 3 s off. 7.5 m (25 ft) concrete post attached to a 1-story concrete equipment room. Entire lighthouse is white. Another page for the lighthouse is available, and Google has a satellite view. Located on a promontory on the south side of the entrance to the harbor of Shichurui. Accessible by a hiking trail. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1583; JCG-0847; Admiralty M7315; NGA 2020.
*** Mihonoseki (Jizō Zaki)
1898. Active; focal plane 83 m (272 ft); white flash every 12 s. 14 m (46 ft) round stone tower with lantern and gallery, attached to a semicircular stone keeper's cottage. Entire lighthouse painted white. A photo appears at the top of this page, Lighthouse-Japan.com has a page with good photos, another photo and a closeup of the lantern are available, Wikimedia has several photos, Klaus Huelse has a historic postcard view, Forand also has a postcard view, and Google has a fine satellite view. This historic lighthouse (one of the Famous Fifty) has an exceptionally scenic site, even for this scenic coast. It stands at Jizō Zaki, the end of a peninsula sheltering the harbor of Mihonoseki, with a wide view over water in three directions. A lighthouse museum has built built at the site; several Fresnel lenses including a first order lens (quite rare in Japan) are on display. A page for the lighthouse has photos of the lenses. Accessible by road, it is a very popular tourist attraction. Site open, tower closed but the lighthouse grounds and visitor center/museum are open. ARLHS JPN-349; JCG-0848; Admiralty M7316; NGA 2172.
[Okino Gozen Shima Beacon]
Date unknown. Active; focal plane about 72 m (236 ft); continuous white light. Approx. 5 m (17 ft) sqaure concrete tower; the light is shown through a square window. This spotlight shines of the Okino Gozen Shima reef, which also has its own lighthouse (next entry). The Coast Guard has a photo (sixth photo on the page), and another photo (last photo on the page) is available. Located next to the Mihonoseki lighthouse. Site open, tower closed. JCG-0849.
Okino Gozen Shima
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 14 m (46 ft); white flash every 3 s. 10 m (33 ft) round concrete tower with double gallery. Entire lighthouse is white. A Coast Guard photo appears at right, a distant view (last photo on the page) is available, and Google has a satellite view. A Shinto shrine stands next to this remote light. Located on a dangerous skerry about 4 km (2.5 mi) northeast of Jizō Saki. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-484; JCG-0850; Admiralty M7315.6; NGA 2168.
Saruga Hana
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 12 m (39 ft); red flash every 3 s. 10 m (33 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower. Entire lighthouse is red. A closeup photo is available, and Google has a satellite view. This light is on the south side of the Mihonoseki peninsula; it guides vessels in the inner harbor of Sakaiminato, which is across a narrow channel in Tottori Prefecture. NGA misspells the name "Suraga." Located on a forested promontory. Site status unknown. ARLHS JPN-1577; JCG-0906; Admiralty M7304; NGA 2212.

Okino Gozen Shima Light, Matsue
Japanese Coast Guard Sakai Office photo

Yasugi Lighthouses
Note: The city of Yasugi faces north on Nakaumi, a brackish lake connected to the Sea of Japan by the Sakai Channel, a narrow inlet south of Mihonoseki. Nakaumi is separated from the sea by the city of Sakaiminato, which occupies the Yumigahama Peninsula in Tottori Prefecture.
Kame Shima
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 12 m (39 ft); white flash every 4 s. 8.5 m (28 ft) concrete post attached to a 1-story concrete equipment room. Entire lighthouse is white. A distant view is available, and Google has a satellite view. Located on a small island just off the waterfront of Yasugi. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. ARLHS JPN-1590; JCG-0914; Admiralty M7306; NGA 2192.
Yasugi Kō South Breakwater
1962. 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 an indistinct satellite view. Located on a short breakwater at the entrance to the traditional inner harbor of Yasugi. Accessible by walking the pier. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1600; JCG-0916; Admiralty M7307; NGA 2196.

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Posted February 28, 2007. Checked and revised November 30, 2013. Lighthouses: 52. Site copyright 2013 Russ Rowlett and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.