Lighthouses of Japan: Southern Ishikawa

This page lists lighthouses of the Japanese prefecture of Ishikawa, located on the western coast of Honshū facing the Sea of Japan. The northern half of Ishikawa is the Noto Peninsula, which projects northward into the Sea of Japan and poses a substantial hazard to navigation. The peninsula is rugged and scenic, very different from the sandy, well-populated shores of the southern half of the 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, guri is a reef, 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. In Ishikawa there are two offices, at Kanazawa in the west and Nanao in the east; all the lights on this page are maintained by the Kanazawa Office.

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 - Ishikawa
Photos and data for the major lighthouses of Japan.
Lighthouse-Japan.com - Ishikawa
Excellent photos with notes (in Japanese) for many of the lighthouses.
Form of a Lighthouse - Ishikawa
Another site with many photos of Japanese lighthouses; this source is cited below as FOAL.
Lighthouse Visit: 1000-1499
Another good source of lighthouse photos.
Online List of Lights - Japan
Coming soon: photos by various photographers posted by Alexander Trabas.
Kiso's Lighthouses
This site has many excellent photos of Japanese lighthouses.
Misty's Japanese Lighthouse Tour
Photos and a few notes for lighthouses in all parts of the country.
Lighthouses (Ishikawa Prefecture)
A comprehensive site for photos of Japanese lighthouses.
Lighthouses in Ishikawa Prefecture
Photos by various photographers available from Wikimedia.
Ninth Region Lighthouse Location Map
This interactive map links to photos and descriptions (in Japanese) of the major lighthouses of the Ninth Coast Guard Region, including Ishikawa, Toyama, and Niigata Prefectures.
Lighthouse Design Nationwide
Photos and information for interesting lighthouses throughout the country, posted by the Kanazawa Coast Guard Office.

Kasa Misaki Light
Kasa Misaki Light, Kaga, September 2013
Wikimedia Creative Commons photo by 藤谷良秀 (Fujitani Yoshihide)

Kaga City Lighthouses
Shioya (Sioya) Kō
1999. Active; focal plane 12 m (39 ft); two green flashes every 5 s. 8.5 m (28 ft) concrete post attached to a square 1-story equipment shelter. Entire lighthouse is white. FOAL's page for the lighthouse has photos, Lighthouse Visit also has a page with photos, a 2013 photo is available, and Google has a satellite view. Located on the detached outer breakwater at Shioya harbor, on the border between Ishikawa and Fukui prefectures. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1204; JCG-1081.5; Admiralty M7239.5; NGA 2716.
* Kasa Misaki (Hashidate Kō, Hasitate Kō)
1950. Active; focal plane 54 m (177 ft); three white flashes every 13 s. 15 m (49 ft) square cylindrical concrete tower with lantern and gallery. Entire lighthouse is white. A photo is at the top of this page, the Coast Guard has a page with an aerial photo of this beautiful site, Lighthouse-Japan.com also has a page for the lighthouse, FOAL's page has good photos, and Google has a satellite view. Located at the end of a wooded promontory about 5 km (3 mi) north of Kaga. Accessible by a popular hiking trail about 1 km (0.6 mi) in length. Parking provided. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-234; JCG-1082; Admiralty M7237; NGA 2720.
Hashidate Kō West Outer Breakwater
1993. Active; focal plane 13 m (43 ft); red flash every 3 s. 8.5 m (28 ft) concrete post centered on a square 1-story equipment shelter. Entire lighthouse is red. FOAL has additional photos (halfway down the page), Lighthouse Visit has photos (bottom of the page, incorrectly identified as JCG-1085), and Google has a satellite view and a very distant street view. Located at the end of a detached section of the main (west) breakwater of Hashidate. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1212; JCG-1084.5; Admiralty M7237.4.
Hashidate Kō West Inner Breakwater
1993. Active; focal plane 9 m (30 ft); red flash every 4 s. 7.5 m (25 ft) concrete post centered on a conical concrete base. Entire lighthouse is red. FOAL has additional photos (next to last row on the page), and Google has a satellite view and a distant street view. Located at the end of a detached section of the main (west) breakwater of Hashidate. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-234; JCG-1085; Admiralty M7238; NGA 2724.
Hashidate Kō Outer Breakwater
1985. Active; focal plane 15 m (49 ft); two green flashes every 6 s. 10 m (33 ft) round white concrete tower with a flared top. FOAL has additional photos (halfway down the page), Lighthouse Visit has photos (top of the page), and Google has a satellite view and a distant street view. Located on the outermost of a series of short breakwaters at Hashidate. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1214; JCG-1083.5; Admiralty M7237.2; NGA 2732.
Hashidate Kō Northeast Breakwater
1968. Active; focal plane 14 m (46 ft); green flash every 3 s. 11 m (36 ft) concrete post attached to a square 1-story equipment shelter. Entire lighthouse is white. FOAL has additional photos (near the bottom of the page), and Google has a satellite view and a distant street view. Located at the west end of a detached breakwater of Hashidate. Accessible by walking the pier. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1213; JCG-1084; Admiralty M7237.4; NGA 2728.

Komatsu City Lighthouse
* Ataka
1980. Active; focal plane 22 m (72 ft); white light, 3 s on, 3 s off. 16 m (52 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with lantern and gallery. Entire lighthouse is white. A 2012 photo is at right, Lighthouse-Japan.com has a page with fine photos, FOAL's page has several photos, a 2008 photo is available, Lighthouse Visit has photos, Misty's Tour has a photo, and Google has a street view and a satellite view. This lighthouse guards the entrance to the harbor of Ataka, a suburb of the inland city of Komatsu. Located on the south side of the entrance. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-030; JCG-1087; Admiralty M7236.4; NGA 2736.
Ataka Light
Ataka Light, Komatsu, June 2012
Panoramio Creative Commons photo by paleblue49

Hakusan City Lighthouse
* Mikawa
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 25 m (82 ft); white flash every 4 s. 15 m (49 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with lantern and gallery. Entire lighthouse is white. FOAL's page for the lighthouse has several good photos, Lighthouse Visit has photos, and Google has a street view and a satellite view. Southern Ishikawa is one of the very few places in Japan with a long, straight, level coast and coastal roads parallel to the beach. This lighthouse is beside the Hokuriku Expressway in Mikawa. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-351; JCG-1088; Admiralty M7236; NGA 2740.

Kanazawa City Lighthouses
Kanazawa Kō West Breakwater
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 13 m (43 ft); red flash every 4 s. 10 m (33 ft) concrete post attached to a square 1-story equipment shelter. Entire lighthouse is red. Lighthouse Visit has a photo, and Google has a satellite view. Located near but not at the end of the west breakwater of Kanazawa. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. ARLHS JPN-1220; JCG-1089; Admiralty M7234; NGA 2744.
* Kanazawa Kō East Breakwater
1976. Active; focal plane 13 m (43 ft); green light, 3 s on, 3 s off. 9.5 m (31 ft) concrete post attached to a square 1-story equipment shelter. Entire lighthouse is white. Lighthouse Visit has a photo, and Google has a satellite view. Located near at the end of the original east breakwater of Kanazawa. Accessible by walking the pier. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1219; JCG-1090; Admiralty M7234.4; NGA 2748.
* Ōno (Kanazawa)
1934. Active; focal plane 34 m (112 ft); white flash every 10 s. 26 m (85 ft) square cylindrical concrete tower with lantern and gallery, rising from the landward end of a large 1-story Coast Guard office building. The lighthouse is white. A photo is at right, the Coast Guard has a page with a photo of an open house at the lighthouse, Lighthouses of Japan also has a page for the lighthouse, Lighthouse-Japan.com has a page with several photos, FOAL's page has photos, Wikimedia has a 2013 photo, a 2009 photo is available, and Google has a street view and a good satellite view. According to the Coast Guard page, posts were used at the harbor entrance as early as 1884. Ōno is the seaport associated with the city of Kanazawa; it is both an industrial port and a large fishing port. The lighthouse is on the south side of the harbor entrance, behind a bridge that carries traffic onto an island in the entrance. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-461; JCG-1091; Admiralty M7232; NGA 2752.
Ōno Kō Outer (West) Breakwater
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 13 m (43 ft); two red flashes every 6 s. 10 m (33 ft) concrete post attached to a square 1-story equipment shelter. Entire lighthouse is red. Lighthouse Visit has photos (halfway down the page), FOAL has a distant view (halfway down the page), and Google has a satellite view. Located near but not at the end of the west breakwater of Ōno. Accessible only by boat (this is not a walkable breakwater). Site status unknown. ARLHS JPN-1229; JCG-1092; Admiralty M7233; NGA 2760.
Ōno Kō West (Inner) Breakwater
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 11 m (36 ft); red flash every 3 s. 9.5 m (31 ft) concrete post attached to a square 1-story equipment shelter. Entire lighthouse is red. FOAL has a photo (top of the page), Lighthouse Visit has photos (2/3 the way down the page), and Google has a satellite view. Located on a short spur of the west breakwater of Ōno. Site and tower closed (breakwater is fenced). ARLHS JPN-1228; JCG-1093; Admiralty M7233.2; NGA 2756.
* #Ōno East Breakwater (1)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 11 m (36 ft); green flash every 3 s. This was an 8.5 m (28 ft) round hourglass-shaped concrete tower. Entire lighthouse was white. Google has an October 2012 street view, but the light is missing from Google's satellite view. Lighthouse Visit's 2016 photos (bottom of the page) show that the lighthouse was replaced by a smaller light. Located on a corner of the quay on the east side of the entrance to Ōno. Site open, tower closed. JCG-1094; Admiralty M7232.4; NGA 2764.
Ōno Light
Ōno Light, Kanazawa, June 2012
Panoramio Creative Commons photo by yuzy0826
(no longer online)

Kahoku City Lighthouse
* Shiroo
Date unknown (station established 1914). Active; focal plane 25 m (82 ft); two white flashes every 7 s. 10 m (33 ft) concrete post attached to a square 1-story concrete equipment building. Lighthouse covered with tiles colored white with light blue trim. Lighthouse-Japan.com has a page with several photos, FOAL's page has two closeup photos, Misty's Tour has a nighttime photo, Lighthouse Visit has photos, and Google has a satellite view and a street view taken from the Noto Expressway. A Shinto shrine is adjacent to the lighthouse. This lighthouse is not located on a cape or at a harbor; it is on a bluff about 300 m (1/5 mi) north of the Noto Expressway's interchange with highway 56 in Kahoku. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-584; JCG-1095; Admiralty M7230; NGA 2768.

Note: The remaining lighthouses of Ishikawa Prefecture are on the thumb-shaped Noto Peninsula (Noto-Hantō), which projects almost 100 km (60 mi) northward into the Sea of Japan.

Hakui City Lighthouses
* Taki Kō Breakwater
Date unknown (station established 1930). Active; focal plane 12 m (39 ft); green light, 3 s on, 3 s off. 10 m (33 ft) concrete post light attached to a square 1-story concrete equipment building. Entire lighthouse is white. Lighthouses of Japan also has a page for the lighthouse, FOAL has a photo, Lighthouse Visit has photos (top of the page), and Google has a satellite view and a distant street view. Located at the end of the main (west) breakwater at Takimachi. Accessible by walking the pier. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-619; JCG-1096; Admiralty M7225; NGA 2772.
* Taki Saki
1966. Active; focal plane 18 m (59 ft); white light occulting twice every 6 s. 10 m (33 ft) square cylindrical concrete tower, attached to a small 1-story concrete equipment shed. The lighthouse is white except for a broad light blue band at the base. Lighthouse-Japan.com has a page with good photos, FOAL's page has closeup photos, Lighthouse Visit has photos (lower half of the page), Misty's Tour has a closeup photo, another photo is available, and Google has a satellite view. Located on a promontory just north of Taki and about 20 km (13 mi) north of Takamatsu. Accessible by a short walking path. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-620; JCG-1098; Admiralty M7224; NGA 2780.

Shika Town Lighthouses
Abuka Kō
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 11 m (36 ft); continuous green light with a more intense flash every 5 s. 8.5 m (28 ft) concrete post rising from a square 1-story equipment shelter. Entire lighthouse is white. Google has a street view and a satellite view. Located at the end of the main breakwater at Abuka harbor about 10 km (6 mi) north of Taki Saki. Site status unknown. JCG-1100; Admiralty M7221.6; NGA 2788.
* Fukūra (Hukura) (3)
1950 (station established 1905). Active; focal plane 28 m (92 ft); white flash every 12 s. 16 m (52 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with lantern and gallery, attached to a 1-story concrete equipment building. Entire lighthouse is white. A Coast Guard photo is at right, Lighthouses of Japan also has a page for the lighthouse, Lighthouse-Japan.com has a page with excellent photos, Misty's Tour has a photo, and Google has a satellite view. Located on a bluff near Fukūra; accessible by a short walk, but some local knowledge may be needed to find the trail. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1211; JCG-1101; Admiralty M7220; NGA 2792.
* Fukūra (Hukura) (1)
1876. Inactive since 1905. 5 m (17 ft) square pyramidal wood tower with lantern. Lighthouse painted white. A photo is below right, FOAL has a page with a photo, a 2010 closeup and another photo are available, and Google has a satellite view. This diminutive tower is a very rare survivor from the earliest days of Western-style lighthouses in Japan. It has been preserved in Fukūra village but has been reconstructed several times, most recently in 1938. Site open, tower closed.

Fukura Light
Fukūra Light, Shika
Japanese Coast Guard Kanazawa Office photo (no longer online)

* Fukūra Kō (Mo Saki) Range Rear
1950. Active; focal plane 24 m (79 ft); continuous red light. 9 m (30 ft) white concrete post attached to a square 1-story white concrete equipment building. The light is provided by two vertical neon tubes. Google has a satellite view. The front light (ARLHS JPN-1223, JCG-1102) is on a similar 13 m (43 ft) post but without the equipment building; it is across the street, 90 m (295 ft) due west of the rear light. Located on a bluff above the harbor, a short distance north of the main lighthouse. Site open, tower closed. JCG-1103; Admiralty M7221.1; NGA 2808.
Togi Kō
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 12 m (39 ft); two green flashes every 6 s. 9 m (30 ft) white concrete post attached to a square 1-story white concrete equipment building. FOAL has additional photos, and Google has a street view and a satellite view. Located at the end of a detached breakwater at Togi, a small port about halfway between the Fukūra and Ama Saki lighthouses. Accessible only by boat. ARLHS JPN-1233; JCG-1104; Admiralty M7216; NGA 2816.
* Kazanasi Kō
1952. Active; focal plane 14 m (46 ft); green light, 3 s on, 3 s off. 9.5 m (31 ft) white concrete post attached to a square 1-story white concrete equipment building. Google has a satellite view. Located at the end of the south (main) breakwater of Kazanasi harbor, about 2 km (1.2 mi) southwest of the Togi lighthouse. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1221; JCG-1106; Admiralty M7214; NGA 2812.
Old Fukura LIght
Old Fukura Lighthouse, Fukura, August 2006
Wikimedia Creative Commons photo by 柑橘類
* Ama Saki
1953. Active; focal plane 28 m (92 ft); white light, 3 s on, 3 s off. 16 m (52 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower. Entire lighthouse is white. FOAL's page for the lighthouse has several closeup photos, Lighthouse-Japan.com has a page with several photos, Misty's Tour has additional photos, another photo is available, and Google has a satellite view. Ama Saki, the westernmost point of the Noto Peninsula, is a high promontory about 25 km (15 mi) north of Hakui. Located on the point of the cape. Accessible by a narrow service road. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-016; JCG-1107; Admiralty M7213; NGA 2820.
* #Noto Akasaki Kō (1)
1976. Removed after earthquake damage. This was an 8.5 m (28 ft) white concrete post attached to a square 1-story white concrete equipment building. In May 2010 the lighthouse (like the breakwater) had a distinct lean caused by an earthquake. Sometime thereafter the lighthouse was removed, the pier was repaired, and a simple post was installed for the light (focal plane 12 m (39 ft); green flash every 3 s). Google has a street view and a satellite view. Located at the end of the main breakwater at Akasaki, about 1 km (0.6 mi) north of Ama Saki. Accessible by walking the pier. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1226; JCG-1108; Admiralty M7212.4; NGA 2824.

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Notable faux lighthouses:

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Posted April 2, 2007. Checked and revised May 5, 2017. Lighthouses: 25. Site copyright 2017 Russ Rowlett and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.