Lighthouses of Japan: Sasebo Area

Nagasaki Prefecture occupies the western side of the island of Kyūshū and includes many islands offshore in the East China Sea and Korea Strait. This page includes lighthouses of the Sasebo and Matsuura areas in the northern half of the prefecture, as well as several islands off the coast.There are separate pages for the Nagasaki area to the south, for the island of Tsushima, located halfway between Kyūshū and South Korea, and for the Gotō Islands, an archipelago in the East China Sea west of Sasebo. All these territories are administered by Nagasaki 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. There is at least one Coast Guard Section Office in each prefecture, often two or more. Most of the lighthouses on this page are maintained by the Sasebo Office, but the lighthouses of Iki Shima are maintained by the Karatsu Office in neighboring Saga Prefecture.

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 - Nagasaki
A comprehensive site, although almost entirely in Japanese.
Our Lighthouses of Nagasaki Prefecture
A comprehensive collection of photos of Nagasaki lighthouses.
Kiso's Lighthouses
This site has many excellent photos of Japanese lighthouses.
Lighthouse-Japan.com - Nagasaki
This site has good photos and background information for more than a dozen Nagasaki area lighthouses.
Misty's Japanese Lighthouse Tour - Nagasaki
This web site has photos of several Nagasaki area lighthouses.
Sasebo Coast Guard Office - Gallery
This page includes a dozen photos of lighthouses.
Aids to Navigation Information Nagasaki
An interactive map leads to information and photos posted by the Nagasaki Coast Guard office.
Lighthouses in Nagasaki Prefecture
Photos available from Wikimedia.
Fuku Se Light
Huku Se Light, Sasebo
Japanese Coast Guard Seventh Region photo
Sasebo City Lighthouses
Huku (Fuku) Se
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 22 m (72 ft); two white flashes every 5 s. 24 m (79 ft) round tapered concrete tower with lantern and gallery, painted with black and red horizontal bands. The Coast Guard's photo is at the top of this page. Located on an isolated rock 20 km (13 mi) west of Kōgo Saki. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. JCG-6307; Admiralty M5226; NGA 11908.
Omodaka (Shira Se)
Date unknown (station established 1903). Active; focal plane 18 m (59 ft); white flash every 4 s; a red flash is shown over dangerous rocks to the east. 7 m (23 ft) round concrete tower with gallery. Entire lighthouse is white. The Coast Guard 7th Region has a photo, a small photo is available (#6256, about 1/3 the way down the page), and Google has a satellite view. Located on a small island about 4 km (2.5 mi) west of Kōgo Saki. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-2264; JCG-6256; Admiralty M5230; NGA 11912.
Kōgo Saki
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 64 m (210 ft); white flash every 6 s. 15 m (49 ft) octagonal cylindrical concrete tower with lantern and gallery, attached to a 1-story concrete equipment building. Entire lighthouse is white. The Sasebo Coast Guard office has the photo at right and another photo, Our Lighthouses has a page with excellent photos, and Google has a satellite view. Located on a promontory marking the north side of the entrance to Sasebo Bay, about 10 km (6 mi) southwest of the city. Site status unknown. ARLHS JPN-271; JCG- 6261; Admiralty M5232; NGA 11920.
Hario Seto
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 16 m (52 ft); white flash every 3 s. 8.5 m (28 ft) concrete post rising from a round concrete equipment shelter. Entire lighthouse is white. The Coast Guard has a photo, a 2012 photo is available, also a closeup photo (#6292, about 1/3 the way down the page), and Google has an indistinct satellite view. Located on a reef in the channel leading to Ōmura Bay, an almost totally-enclosed sound southeast of Sasebo. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-2171; JCG- 6292; Admiralty M5232.4; NGA 11916.
Kogo Saki Light
Kōgo Saki Light, Sasebo
Japanese Coast Guard Sasebo Office photo
* Huis ten Bosch
1992 (?). Inactive (a decorative light may be displayed). Approx. 8 m (26 ft) round concrete tower with lantern and gallery attached to a 1-story building. Entire lighthouse is white; the attached building is gray. A distant view is available, and Google has a street view and a satellite view. This light was formerly on the JCG list, but it is now marked as inactive. Huis ten Bosch (Hausu Ten Bosu in Japanese) is a Dutch theme park on the south side of Sasebo, facing Ōmura Bay. The park is named for a Dutch royal residence at The Hague (the name means "house in the woods"), and it commemorates a Dutch trading post established at Sasebo in 1609. The lighthouse is a smaller-scale replica of the well-known Dutch lighthouse at Marken, northeast of Amsterdam. Located at the end of the south breakwater of Huis ten Bosch. Accessible by walking the pier. Site open, tower closed. JCG-6292.2.
Sasebo Benten Shima
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 19 m (62 ft); white flash every 3 s. 7.5 m (25 ft) square skeletal tower, mounted on a huge pyramidal concrete base. Sasebo, with its protected harbor, is a traditional naval base for Japan and (since World War II) for the U.S. Navy as well. Lighthouse painted white. Located on an islet in the center of Sasebo harbor. Google has a satellite view. Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed. ARLHS JPN-2165; JCG- 6276; Admiralty M5236; NGA 11928.
Hizen Ohira Se
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 14 m (46 ft); quick-flashing white light. 12 m (39 ft) round concrete tower, upper half painted black and lower half painted yellow. No photo available, but Bing has a satellite view. Located on a reef about 1.6 km (1 mi) east of Taka Shima. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. JCG-6247; Admiralty M5240.48; NGA 11956.
Ushigakubi
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 12 m (39 ft); white light, 3 s on, 4 s off, 3 s on, 3 s off. 12m (39 ft) round tapered tower with a small equipment shelter in the base. Entire lighthouse is white. The Coast Guard's photo is at right, and Google has an indistinct satellite view. Located at the southwestern tip of Hashira Iwa, a 5 km (3 mi) long, S-shaped island about 12 km (7.5 mi) west of Sasebo. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-2291; JCG-6243; Admiralty M5240.4; NGA 11960.
Shimokareki (Simo-Kareki) Shima
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 37 m (121 ft); white flash every 3 s. 16 m (52 ft) square cylindrical concrete tower with gallery. Entire lighthouse is white. Kiso has a distant view (almost halfway down the page), and Google has a satellite view. Shimokareki Shima is a narrow, 700 m (0.44 mi) long island in the middle of the southern entrance to Hirado Bay. Located at the southern tip of the island. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-565; JCG-6237; Admiralty M5241; NGA 11972.
Ushigakubi Light
Ushigakubi Light, Sasebo
Japanese Coast Guard Sasebo Office photo

Hirado City Lighthouses
Note: Hirado Shima is an island about 27 km (17 mi) long, separated from the mainland of Kyūshū by Hirado Bay. At its northern end, the bay shrinks to the narrow Hirado Strait. The island is accessible by the Hirado Bridge, completed in 1977. Hirado City includes Hirado Island, several other islands, and a section of the mainland opposite the island.
Aosa Saki
1944. Active; focal plane 10 m (33 ft); white flash every 4 s. 8.5 m (28 ft) concrete post rising from a 1-story concrete equipment room. Entire lighthouse is white. Our Lighthouses has a page with good photos, Kiso has a photo (almost halfway down the page), and Google has a satellite view. Located at the tip of a promontory of the mainland at the southern entrance to the Hirado Strait. Apparently accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-2157; JCG-6232; Admiralty M5242.4; NGA 12020.
Ogami Shima
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 76 m (249 ft); white flash every 4 s. 12 m (39 ft) round concrete tower. Entire lighthouse is white. A Coast Guard photo is at right, Tomoyasu Araki has a distant view, and Google has a satellite view. Located atop a small island off the southwestern tip of Hirado Shima. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. ARLHS JPN-473; JCG-6219; Admiralty M5240; NGA 11984.
* Hirado Hayahuku Se
1988. Active; focal plane 23 m (75 ft); continuous white light. 11 m (36 ft) square cylindrical concrete tower. Entire lighthouse is white. Google has a satellite view. The lighthouse illuminates a reef about 800 m (1/2 mi) offshore. Located on the south side of the entrance to Haifukucho harbor on the west coast of Hirado Shima. Site open, tower closed. JCG-6216.8; NGA 11994.5.
Nagase Hana
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 109 m (358 ft); white flash every 4 s. 9 m (30 ft) round concrete tower with gallery. Entire lighthouse is white. Our Lighthouses has a page with excellent photos, Kiso has a photo (1/3 the way down the page), but Google has only a distant satellite view. Located atop a cliff at the southwestern point of Ikitsuki Shima, a smaller island off the northeastern corner of Hirado Shima. The island is accessible from Hirado by a bridge. Site status unknown. ARLHS JPN-2234; JCG-6208.5; Admiralty M5239.55; NGA 12014.
Ogami Shima Light
Ogami Shima Light, Hirado
Japanese Coast Guard Sasebo Office photo
** Ōbae Hana
1958. Active; focal plane 101 m (331 ft); white light, 3 s on, 3 s off; also a coninuous white spotlight (JCG-6209.2) illuminates a nearby reef. 10.5 m (35 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with gallery and an external stairway. Entire lighthouse is white. The Coast Guard has photos (one is at right), Lighthouse-Japan.com has a good page for the lighthouse, Our Lighthouses has a page with good photos, Mike Beale has a 2007 photo, Paul Latimer has a view of the site, Kiso has two photos 1/3 the way down the page), and Google has a distant satellite view. Located atop a spectacular vertical cliff on the northern tip of Ikitsuki Shima, a smaller island off the northeastern corner of Hirado Shima. Accessible by road (parking provided) and a short trail popular for its sweeping views of the East China Sea. Site open, and visitors can climb the stairs to the gallery. ARLHS JPN-448; JCG- 6209; Admiralty M5239.5; NGA 12012.
Yoko Shima
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 20 m (66 ft); white flash every 4 s, 12 m (39 ft) concrete post rising from a square 1-story concrete equipment shelter. Entire lighthouse is white. A photo is available (#6208, about 1/6 the way down the page), and Google has a distant satellite view. Located on the southern tip of Yoko Shima, a small island about 3 km (2 mi) northeast of Ōbae Hana. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. JCG-6208; Admiralty M5250.4; NGA 12064.
* Ikitsuki Ichibuura Kō
1964. Active; focal plane 14 m (46 ft); continuous red 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 red. Google has a street view and an indistinct satellite view. Located at the end of the north breakwater of the Ichibuura harbor on the east side of Ikitsuki Shima. Accessible by walking the pier. Site open, tower closed. JCG-6210; Admiralty M5239; NGA 12008.
* Tachiura (Ikitsuki Shima)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 12 m (39 ft); two red flashes every 6 s. 8.5 m (28 ft) concrete post rising from a square 1-story concrete equipment shelter. Entire lighthouse is red. A photo is available (also showing the Ikitsuki Shima bridge), and Google has an indistinct satellite view of the location. Located at the end of the north breakwater of Tachiura, a short distance north of the bridge. Probably accessible by walking the pier (although it's a long walk). Site open, tower closed. JCG-6211.1; NGA 12002.
* Usuka Wan (Usukawan) Kō
1976. Active; focal plane 11 m (36 ft); continuous red 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 red. Google has an indistinct satellite view. Usuka Wan is a bay on the northwestern coast of Hirado Shima. Located at the end of the west breakwater of the Usuka Wan harbor. Accessible by walking the pier. Site open, tower closed. JCG-6216; Admiralty M5250.6; NGA 12040.
Ōbae Hana Light
Ōbae Hana Light, Hirado
Japanese Coast Guard Sasebo Office photo
Tasuke Kō Outer Breakwater
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 13 m (43 ft); red light, 2 s on, 2 s off. 8.5 m (28 ft) concrete post attached to a square 1-story concrete equipment shelter. Entire lighthouse is red. Google has an indistinct satellite view. Located at the end of the main breakwater of Tasuke harbor, on the northeast coast of Hirado Shima. Site status unknown. ARLHS JPN-2280; JCG-6220; Admiralty M5250; NGA 12052.
Futame (2)
1970 (station established 1945). Active; focal plane 24 m (79 ft); continuous white light. 10 m (33 ft) round hourglass-shaped concrete tower with lantern; the light is shown through a square window. Entire lighthouse is white. Our Lighthouses has a page with excellent photos, and Google has a very fuzzy satellite view. This light is on the northeastern end of Hirado Island about 600 m (0.38 mi) west of the Hiro Se lighthouse. Site status unknown. JCG-6221; Admiralty M5249.
Hiro Se
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 14 m (46 ft); white flash every 5 s. 7 m (23 ft) round concrete tower with lantern and gallery. Entire lighthouse is white. The tower is barely seen in Google's satellite view of the reef. Located at the northern tip of an island in the north entrance to Hirado Strait. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-2176; JCG-6222; Admiralty M5248.2; NGA 12044.
Hiro Se Training Wall
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 13 m (43 ft); white flash every 3 s. 11 m (36 ft) concrete post attached to a square 1-story concrete equipment shelter. The lighthouse is white with one black horizontal band on the post. Google has an indistinct satellite view. Located at the end of a breakwater extending southwestward from Hiro Se. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-2177; JCG-6223; Admiralty M5248; NGA 12048.
Kodasuke Se (Ko-Dasukese)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 8.5 m (28 ft); one long and three short red flashes every 8 s. 7 m (23 ft) round concrete tower with gallery mounted on a round concrete pier. Entire lighthouse is red. Google has a distant satellite view. Located on a reef in the Hirado Strait about 800 m (1/2 mi) northwest of the Hirado Bridge and the same distance southeast of Hirado Shima harbor. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. JCG-6227; Admiralty M5244; NGA 12032.

Azuchi (Azuti) Ō Shima Lighthouses
Note: Azuchi Ō Shima (one of many Ō Shimas in Japan) is an island about 8 km (5 mi) long and about 9 km (5.5 mi) north of Hirado Shima. The island is governed as part of Hirado City.
Sesaki Hana
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 14 m (46 ft); two white flashes every 6 s. 11 m (36 ft) round concrete tower with gallery and a square equipment enclosure. Entire lighthouse is white. A photo is available (#6206, about 1/8 the way down the page), and Bing has a distant satellite view. NGA mangles the name of the light as Sakise Hana. Located on a reef off the northeastern tip of Taka Shima, an island between Hirado Shima and Azuchi Ō Shima. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-2257; JCG-6206; Admiralty M5250.8; NGA 12056.
Azuchi Ō Shima Kō
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 13 m (43 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 Bing has an indistinct satellite view. Located at the end of the outer breakwater protecting the harbor of Azuchi Ō Shima. Site status unknown. ARLHS JPN-2252; JCG-6203; Admiralty M5252; NGA 12072.
Magari Hana (Magari Bana)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 12 m (39 ft); white flash every 4 s. 9 m (29 ft) round concrete tower rising from a square 1-story concrete equipment room. Entire lighthouse is white. A photo (2nd photo on the page) and a second photo (7th photo on the page) are available, and Google has an indistinct satellite view. The name magari hana means "bent nose" and describes its location on a hook-shaped spit on the southwestern coast of Azuchi Ō Shima. Site status unknown. ARLHS JPN-2218; JCG-6204; Admiralty M5253; NGA 12068.
* Umano Kashira (Umanokasira) Saki
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 45 m (148 ft); white light occulting once every 8 s. 10 m (33 ft) round concrete tower rising from a square 1-story concrete equipment room. Entire lighthouse is white. A photo (third photo on the page) is available, and Bing has a satellite view. Located at the west end of Azuchi Ō Shima; accessible by road. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-715(=2288); JCG-6205; Admiralty M5253.4; NGA 12080.
Azuchi Nagasaki Hana (Azuti Nagasaki Bana)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 25 m (82 ft); white light occulting twice every 12 s. 10 m (33 ft) round concrete tower rising from a square 1-story concrete equipment room. Entire lighthouse is white. A photo (first photo on the page) is available, and Bing has a cloudy satellite view. Located at the northern tip of Azuchi Ō Shima. Site status unknown. ARLHS JPN-2231; JCG-6202; Admiralty M5251; NGA 12076.
Hutagami (Futagami) Shima
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 99 m (325 ft); flash every 10 s, alternately green and white. 14 m (46 ft) octagonal concrete tower with lantern and gallery, attached to a 1-story concrete keeper's house. Entire lighthouse is white. The Coast Guard's photo is at right, the Sasebo Coast Guard Office has additional photos, Kiso has a distant view from the sea (near the bottom of the page), and Bing has a satellite view. Hutagami Shima is an isolated rock island about 10 km (6 mi) north of Azuchi Ō Shima. Located at the highest point of the island, near the southwestern end. Accessible only by boat or helicopter. Site and tower closed. JCG-6201; Admiralty M5258; NGA 12704.
Hutagami Lighthouse
Hutagami Light, Azuchi Ō Shima, Hirado
Japanese Coast Guard Seventh Region photo

Matsuura City Lighthouse
* Tsukinokawa Kō
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. Bing has a satellite view. Located at the east end of the detached outer breakwater of Tsukinokawa harbor in Matsuura. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. JCG-5920; Admiralty M5254.95; NGA 12088.
* Tsu (Tu) Saki
1950. Active; focal plane 49 m (161 ft); white light occulting once every 8 s. 12 m (39 ft) square concrete tower with gallery and an external stairway that spirals around the tower. Entire lighthouse is white. Our Lighthouses has a page with excellent photos, Lighthouse-Japan.com has a good page for the lighthouse, and Bing has a satellite view. Located at the end of a long peninsula about 8 km (5 mi) northwest of Matsuura. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-683; JCG-5926; Admiralty M5254; NGA 12084.
Kanai Saki
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 11 m (36 ft); white flash every 3 s. 7.5 m (25 ft) concrete tower attached to a square concrete equipment shelter. No closeup photo available, but Google has a satellite view. Located off Kanai Saki in the western entrance to Imari Bay. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-224; JCG-5919; Admiralty M5255; NGA 12108.
Imari Fukushima
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 11 m (36 ft); white flash every 3 s. 9 m (30 ft) round concrete tower mounted on a round stone pier. Entire lighthouse is white. Another photo is available (halfway down the page, #5908), Google has a street view, and Bing has an indistinct satellite view. Located on a reef off the harbor on the south side of Fukushima, opposite the city of Imari in Saga Prefecture. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-2187; JCG-5908; Admiralty M5255.24; NGA 12116.
Oteisi Hana
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 9 m (30 ft); white flash every 4 s. 6.5 m (21 ft) round concrete tower. Entire lighthouse is white. A photo is available (#5922, over halfway down the page), there is a second photo, and Bing has a satellite view. Located at the tip of a promontory on the south side of Takashima, a large island in northeastern Matsuura. The island is accessible by a bridge on highway 190. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-2254; JCG-5922; Admiralty M5254.86; NGA 12104.
Ogono (Uokono) Shima
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 69 m (226 ft); white flash every 5 s. 13 m (43 ft) concrete post rising from a square 1-story concrete equipment room. A distant view is available (#5923, over halfway down the page), and Bing has a satellite view. Located on an island off the western tip of the larger island of Takeshima, in the entrance to Matsuura Bay about 10 km (6 mi) north of Matsuura. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. ARLHS JPN-2289; JCG-5923; Admiralty M5254.5; NGA 12092.
Kai Se
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 15 m (49 ft); white flash every 3 s. 12 m (39 ft) round concrete tower. Entire lighthouse is white. Bing has an indistinct satellite view. Located on a reef off the harbor of Takashima. Lighthouse accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. ARLHS JPN-2193; JCG-5902; Admiralty M5254.8; NGA 12100.

Iki City (Iki Shima) Lighthouses
Note: Iki Shima is an island in the Tsushima Strait about 32 km (20 mi) north of Matsuura and about 18 km (11 mi) northwest of Hadano Misaki in Saga Prefecture. The island is about 20 km by 15 km (13 by 9 mi) and is accessible by air or by ferry from Fukuoka.
Iki Gono Se (Go Se)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 11 m (36 ft); white flash every 3 s. 7.5 m (25 ft) concrete post attached to a 1-story concrete equipment room. Entire lighthouse is white. No closeup photo available, but there's a distant photo (halfway down the page, #5932.5), Google has a distant street view, and Bing has a distant satellite view. Located off the south coast of Iki Shima at the start of the approach to Gonoura. Accessible only by boat. ARLHS JPN-802; JCG-5932.5; Admiralty M5261.8; NGA 12698.
Gonoura Kō Outer Breakwater
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 13 m (43 ft); red flash every 3 s. Approx. 9 m (30 ft) concrete post attached to a 1-story concrete equipment room. Entire lighthouse is red. A 2011 photo is available, and Bing has an indistinct satellite view. Gonoura (misspelled Gonovra by NGA) is the terminal for ferries linking Iki Shima to the mainland of Kyūshū. Located at the north end of a detached breakwater of Gonoura harbor, on the south coast of Iki Shima. Accessible only by boat, but there's a good view from the ferries. Site status unknown. JCG-5933.8; Admiralty M5259.27; NGA 12689.
* Gonoura Kō Inner Breakwater
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 14 m (46 ft); continuous green light with a more intense flash every 3 s. 9.5 m (31 ft) concrete post attached to a 1-story concrete equipment room. Entire lighthouse is white. Two photos are available (third, fourth and fifth photos on the page), and Bing has an indistinct satellite view. Located at the end of a west inner breakwater of Gonoura harbor. Accessible by walking the pier. Site open, tower closed. JCG-5934; Admiralty M5259.3; NGA 12688.
Naga Shima (Iki Nagashima)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 49 m (161 ft); white flash every 4 s. 8 m (26 ft) square concrete tower atached to a small concrete equipment building. Entire lighthouse is white. A photo is available (#5935, halfway down the page), and Bing has an indistinct satellite view. Located on an island off the southwestern tip of Iki Shima. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. ARLHS JPN-160; JCG-5935; Admiralty M5259; NGA 12624.
Funori (Hunori) Se
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 13 m (43 ft); red flash every 4 s. 12 m (39 ft) round concrete tower with an expanded top. Entire lighthouse is red. A photo is available (#5936.5, halfway down the page), and Bing has a satellite view. Located on a reef off the north side of Iō Shima, an island off the southwestern tip of Iki Shima. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. JCG-5936.5; Admiralty M5259.32; NGA 12630.
Iki O Se (U Se)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 14 m (46 ft); two white flashes every 6 s. 8.5 m (28 ft) round hourglass-shaped concrete tower. Entire lighthouse is white. A photo is available (#5937, a little over halfway down the page), and Bing has a satellite view. Located just off the mainland of Iki Shima opposite the Funori Se light. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. JCG-5937; Admiralty M5259.34; NGA 12632.
Tanega Shima
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 22 m (72 ft); white flash every 3 s. 9 m (30 ft) concrete post attached to a 1-story concrete equipment room. Entire lighthouse is white. A photo is available (#5939, a little less than halfway down the page), and Bing has a satellite view. Located at the north end of an island just off the northwestern coast of Iki Shima. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. JCG-5939; Admiralty M5259.38; NGA 12636.
Katsumoto Kō Outer Breakwater
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 15 m (49 ft); green flash every 3 s. 11 m (36 ft) round concrete tower with a flared top, attached to a small equipment shelter. Entire lighthouse is white. No closeup photo is available; the Coast Guard has a distant sunset photo and Bing has an indistinct satellite view. Located at the south end of a detached outer breakwater at the western entrance to Katsumoto, the fishing port at the northern tip of Iki Shima. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-2202; JCG-5939.7; Admiralty M5259.45; NGA 12638.
Wakamiya Shima
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 106 m (348 ft); white light occulting once every 8 s. 10 m (33 ft) octagonal stone tower with lantern and gallery. Entire lighthouse painted white. Several large comunications towers are located at the station, as seen in the Coast Guard photo at right. Kiso has a distant view (about 1/5 the way down the page), and Bing has a satellite view. Information is needed on this historic lighthouse. Located on an island off the northern tip of Iki Shima. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. ARLHS JPN-737; JCG-5940; Admiralty M5260; NGA 12640.
Katsumoto Range Rear
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 24 m (79 ft); continuous yellow light. 9.5 m (31 ft) round concrete tower rising from a 1-story equipment building. The tower carries an arrowhead-shaped daymark, pointing up. A photo (#5942, a little over 1/3 the way down the page) is available, there's a photo (1/3 the way down the page) of the two range lights, and Bing has an indistinct satellite view. The front light (JCG-5941) is on an 11 m (36 ft) concrete post. Located on the southeastern corner of Wakamiya Shima. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. ARLHS JPN-2200; JCG-5942; Admiralty M5259.61; NGA 12648.
* Katsumoto 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 equipment shelter. Entire lighthouse is red. A very distant photo is available, Google has a street view, and Bing has an indistinct satellite view. Located on the west breakwater of Katsumoto harbor. Accessible by walking the pier. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-2201; JCG-5943; Admiralty M5259.4; NGA 12660.
Wakamiya Shima Light
Wakamiya Shima Light, Iki Shima
Japanese Coast Guard Fukuoka Office photo
* Uotsuri (Uoturi) Saki
1963. Active; focal plane 58 m (190 ft); white flash every 4 s. 8.5 m (28 ft) round concrete tower attached to a 1-story concrete equipment room. Entire lighthouse is white. Google has a street view and an indistinct satellite view. Located on a bluff above the northeastern point of Iki Shima. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-719; JCG-5946; Admiralty M5260.4; NGA 12664.
* Ebisu Kō
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 13 m (43 ft); red flash every 3 s; also a continuous white spotlight (JCG-5946.81) illuminates the opposite side of the entrance. Approx. 10 m (33 ft) concrete post attached to a 1-story concrete equipment room. Entire lighthouse is red. The Coast Guard has a small photo (fourth photo on the page), and Google has a street view and a satellite view. Located on the east breakwater of Ebisu harbor, on the northeast coast of Iki Shima. Accessible by walking the pier. Site open, tower closed. JCG-5946.8; Admiralty M5260.8; NGA 12670.
Ashibe (Asibe) Kō Outer Breakwater
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 16 m (52 ft); red flash every 4 s. 11 m (36 ft) round concrete tower with a flared top, attached to a small equipment shelter. Entire lighthouse is red. Google has a street view and a satellite view. Located on the south end of a short outer breakwater protecting the entrance to Ashibe harbor, a ferry port on the east coast of Iki Shima. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-2162; JCG-5947.5; Admiralty M5261.3; NGA 12676.
* Ashibe (Asibe) Kō South Breakwater
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 13 m (43 ft); green light, 2 s on, 2 s off. 9.5 m (31 ft) concrete post attached to a 1-story concrete equipment room. Entire lighthouse is white. The Coast Guard has a small photo (third photo on the page), and Google has a street view and a satellite view. Located on the south breakwater of Ashibe harbor, on the east coast of Iki Shima. Accessible by walking the pier. Site open, tower closed.ARLHS JPN-2160; JCG-5948; Admiralty M5261.4; NGA 12672.
* Ashibe (Asibe) Kō (2)
Date unknown (station established 1916). Active; focal plane 42 m (138 ft); white light occulting once every 8 s. 8.5 m (28 ft) concrete post attached to a 1-story concrete equipment room. Entire lighthouse is white. Google has a satellite view. Located on a bluff above the south side of the entrance to Ashibe. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-027; JCG-5949; Admiralty M5261; NGA 12668.
Kanashiro Iwa
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 22 m (72 ft); white flash every 3 s. 10 m (33 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower. Entire lighthouse is white. A photo is available (#5951, a little less than halfway down the page), and Bing has a distant satellite view. Located on a small island about 1.6 km (1 mi) east of the southeastern tip of Iki Shima. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. JCG-5951; Admiralty M5261.45; NGA 12684.
Na Shima
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 32 m (105 ft); white flash every 5 s. 14 m (46 ft) concrete post attached to a 1-story concrete equipment room. Entire lighthouse is white. No closeup photo available, but Google has a satellite view. Located on a small island at the west end of a reef about 7 km (4 mi) east of the southeastern tip of Iki Shima. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. ARLHS JPN-811; JCG-5927; Admiralty M5261.9; NGA 12712.
Iki Oto Shima
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 14 m (46 ft); white light, 4 s on, 4 s off. 6.5 m (21 ft) round concrete tower attached to a small equipment shelter. Entire lighthouse is white. A photo is available (#5928, halfway down the page), there's a second photo, and Google has a satellite view. Located on an islet just off the southeastern tip of Iki Shima. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. ARLHS JPN-2255; JCG-5928; Admiralty M5261.5; NGA 12692.
Indoji Kō (West Breakwater)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 11 m (36 ft); continuous green light with a more intense flash every 5 s. 8.5 m (28 ft) concrete post attached to a square concrete equipment room. Entire lighthouse is white. Google has a distant street view and an indistinct satellite view. Accessible only by boat. Located at the east end of the detached outer breakwater of Indoji harbor, on the southeastern coast of Iki Shima. ARLHS JPN-2191; JCG-5930.1; Admiralty M5261.7; NGA 12696.
* Iruka Saki
1967. Active; focal plane 31 m (102 ft); white light occulting twice every 6 s. 10 m (33 ft) round concrete tower attached to a small 1-story concrete equipment room. Entire lighthouse is white. A Coast Guard photo is at right, Kiso has a distant view (about 1/5 the way down the page), and Bing has a satellite view. Located on the southern tip of Iki Shima. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-177; JCG- 5932; Admiralty M5261.74; NGA 12700.
Iruka Saki Light
Iruka Saki Light, Iki Shima
Japanese Coast Guard Karatsu Office photo

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Posted August 6, 2007. Checked and revised April 28, 2014. Lighthouses: 57. Site copyright 2014 Russ Rowlett and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.