Lighthouses of Japan: Fukuoka

Located at the southwestern end of the Japanese archipelago, Kyūshū is divided into seven prefectures. This page includes lighthouses of Fukuoka Prefecture on the northern coast of the island. Western Fukuoka faces northwest on the Tsushima Strait and the Sea of Japan, while Eastern Fukuoka faces northeast on the Seto Inland Sea, which separates Kyūshū from Honshū and Shikoku. In between, the narrow Kanmon Strait connects the Inland Sea 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, 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. Fukuoka Prefecture has three offices, at Fukuoka, Wakamatsu, and Moji.

Note: Fukuoka Prefectures also has a short southern coastlines on Ariake Bay. Lighthouses of the Ariake coast are on the Kumamoto Area page.

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.

Okina Shima Light
Okino Shima Light, Sea of Japan
Japanese Coast Guard Seventh Region photo

General Sources
Lighthouses in Japan - Fukuoka
A comprehensive site, although almost entirely in Japanese.
Kiso's Lighthouses
This site has many excellent photos of Japanese lighthouses.
Lighthouse-Japan.com - Fukuoka
This site has good photos and background information for many of the major lighthouses.
Our Lighthouses of Fukuoka Prefecture
A comprehensive collection of photos of lighthouses in Fukuoka.
Coast of Japan - Cape/Lighthouse Index
This site has numerous photos of Fukuoka lighthouses. Entirely in Japanese, but lighthouses can be located by their JCG numbers.
Lighthouses in Fukuoka Prefecture
Photos available from Wikimedia.
Modern Lighthouse Design
Posted by the Japan Aids to Navigation Association (JANA), this page links to descriptions and photos of interesting modern lighthouses throughout Japan.
The Famous Fifty Lighthouses
Photos of the lighthouses voted most famous in Japan, posted by the Eighth Coast Guard Region. Two of the fifty stand in the area covered by this page (Shira Su and He Saki).

Fukuoka Area (Sea of Japan) Lighthouses

Note: Except for the Eboshi Shima Light, lighthouses in this section are maintained by the Fukuoka Coast Guard Office.
Eboshi Shima Lighthouse
Eboshi (Ebosi, Yebosi) Shima (2)
1975 (station established 1875). Active; focal plane 56 m (184 ft); white flash every 15 s. 16 m (52 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with lantern and gallery. Entire lighthouse is white. 1-story keeper's house and a larger building, possibly a communications station. The Coast Guard's aerial view at right shows the stairway zigzagging up to the light station, a somewhat closer view is available, Our Lighthouses has very distant views, and Kiso has a dramatic view from small-boat level (about 1/6 the way down the page, #5859). This isolated lighthouse guides ships approaching the Kanmon Strait from the southwest. Eboshi Shima is a giant, steep-sided rock isolated in the sea about 25 km (15 mi) north of Karatsu. Although the island is attached to Fukuoka Prefecture and Itoshima City, the light station is maintained by the Karatsu Coast Guard Office in neighboring Saga Prefecture. That office has a page for the station that includes two photos of the original lighthouse, an octagonal cast iron tower. An additional page presents the history of the station, with small photos. The 1st order Fresnel lens (a little over halfway down the page) is displayed at the Japanese Lighthouse Association Museum at Nojima Saki Light near Tōkyō. The island was made a national nature reserve in 1995. Accessible only by helicopter or by boat in heavy seas. Site and tower closed. ARLHS JPN-058; JCG-5859; Admiralty M5262; NGA 12276.

Itoshima City Lighthouses
Fukuyoshi (Iso Saki) Kō
1985. Active; focal plane 13 m (43 ft); red flash every 5 s. 9.5 m (31 ft) concrete post attached to a square 1-story concrete equipment shelter. Entire lighthouse is red. Oddly, Bing's satellite view of the breakwater doesn't show this tower. Located at the end of the west (main) breakwater of Fukuyoshi harbor. Accessible by walking the pier. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-2348; JCG-5865.5; Admiralty M5269.8; NGA 12280.

Eboshi Shima Light, Sea of Japan
Japanese Coast Guard photo
* Kishi Kō
1976.Active; focal plane 11 m (36 ft); continuous green light with a more intense flash every 3 s. 8.5 m (28 ft) concrete post attached to a square 1-story concrete equipment shelter. Entire lighthouse is white. Bing has a distant satellite view. Located at the end of the west breakwater of Kishi harbor. Accessible by walking the pier. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-2005; JCG-5863; Admiralty M5269.94; NGA 12288.
Chikuzen (Tikuzen) No Se
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 15 m (49 ft); one short and one long green flash every 8 s. 14 m (46 ft) tapered round concrete tower, painted green. A photo is available, and Bing has a very distant satellite view. Located on a reef in the eastern entrance to Karatsu Bay. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-061; JCG-5861; Admiralty M5269.96; NGA 12284.
Todai Se
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 13 m (43 ft); two white flashes every 5 s. 12 m (39 ft) concrete post rising from a square 1-story concrete equipment shelter and mounted on a concrete pier. Lighthouse painted black with a red horizontal band. Another photo is available. Located on a reef about 4 km (2.5 mi) northeast of the Mount Hikosan promontory. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. JCG-5857; Admiralty M5270; NGA 12304.

Okino Shima Lighthouse
Okino Shima
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 246 m (807 ft); three flashes every 60 s, two white flashes followed 10 s later by a red flash. 16 m (52 ft) square concrete tower attached to a 1-story equipment room. 2nd order Fresnel lens in use. Entire lighthouse is white. A keeper's house, formerly attached, has been demolished. The Coast Guard's photo appears at the top of this page, and Google has a distant satellite view. Okino Shima is an isolated mountain peak emerging from the Sea of Japan roughly 70 km (45 mi) north northwest of Fukuoka and a similar distance west northwest of the Kanmon Strait. The lighthouse is perched atop the peak. Administratively, the island is attached to Fukuoka City. Accessible only by helicopter or by boat in heavy seas. Site and tower closed. ARLHS JPN-485; JCG-5817; Admiralty M5076; NGA 12440.

Fukuoka City Lighthouses
Nagama Sho (Syo)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 13 m (43 ft); quick-flashing white light. 12 m (39 ft) concrete post with an expanded top and gallery. Lower half of the lighthouse painted yellow, upper half black. Another photo is available (1/3 the way down the page, #5856). Located on a reef about 5 km (3 mi) northwest of the tip of the Nishima Misaki peninsula. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. JCG-5856; Admiralty M5270.4; NGA 12308.
Nishinoura Kō
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 16 m (52 ft); green flash every 3 s. 9.5 m (31 ft) concrete post attached to a square 1-story concrete equipment shelter. Entire lighthouse is white. A Coast Guard photo is at right, and Google has a satellite view. Located at the end of the west (main) breakwater of Nishinoura harbor, on the west side of the Nishima Misaki peninsula. Site status unknown. JCG-5855; Admiralty M5270.3; NGA 12312.
Nishima (Nishinoura, Nisinoura) Misaki
1962. Active; focal plane 78 m (256 ft); white flash every 6 s. 9 m (30 ft) round concrete tower attached to a 1-story concrete equipment building. Entire lighthouse is white. A Coast Guard photo is at right, Our Lighthouses has a page with photos, and Google has a satellite view. Lighthouses of Japan has a page, but the photo is of the Genkai Shima lighthouse (next entry). Located on a steep promontory on the west side of the entrance to Fukuoka Bay, about 20 km (13 mi) northwest of Fukuoka. Site status unknown. ARLHS JPN-420(=2016); JCG-5854; Admiralty M5271; NGA 12316.
Genkai Shima
1934. Active; focal plane 79 m (259 ft); white flash every 15 s. 12 m (39 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower, rising from a semicircular 1-story equipment building. Entire lighthouse is white. A photo is available, Our Lighthouses has a page with good photos, Lighthouses of Japan has a distant view misidentified as Nishinoura Misaki, and Google has a satellite view. Genkai Shima is an island in the entrance to Fukuoka Bay, about 3.5 km (2.2 mi) northeast of Nishima Misaki. Located on the northeastern side of the island. Boat transporation to the island is available, and the lighthouse is accessible by a hiking trail. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-069; JCG-5828; Admiralty M5272; NGA 12320.
Nishinoura K
Nishinoura Kō Light, Fukuoka
Japanese Coast Guard Fukuoka Office photo (no longer online)
Nokono Shima
1953. Active; focal plane 32 m (105 ft); white light, 3 s on, 3 s off. 12 m (39 ft) square cylindrical concrete tower. Entire lighthouse is white. Our Lighthouses has a page with closeup photos, the Coast Guard has a view from the sea, and a Google satellite view is available. Nokono Shima is an island about 3 km (2 mi) long in the center of Fukuoka Bay. The island is accessible by ferry from Fukuoka, and the lighthouse can be reached by a hiking trail. Located on the northern tip of the island. Site status unknown. ARLHS JPN-427; JCG-5831; Admiralty M5274; NGA 12344.
Hakata Kō South Breakwater
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 11 m (36 ft); continuous red light with a more intense flash every 4 s. 9.5 m (31 ft) concrete post attached to a square 1-story concrete equipment shelter. Entire lighthouse is red. A photo is available, and Google has a satellite view. Located at the end of the short southern section of the Hakata breakwater. Site and tower closed (this pier is not walkable). JCG-5845; Admiralty M5282.4; NGA 12368.
Hakata Kō West Breakwater (Fukuoka)
Date unknown (probably recent). Active; focal plane 17 m (56 ft); red light, 3 s on, 3 s off. 19 m (62 ft) round concrete tower with lantern and gallery and a tall "dunce-cap" roof. Entire lighthouse painted red. A photo is at right, a 2008 photo and another photo are available, there's a wonderful photo of the lighthouse decorated for Christmas 2005, and Google has a satellite view. Hakata Kō is the port area of Fukuoka. Located at the end of the detached west breakwater, which is built perpendicular to the shore. Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed. ARLHS JPN-1998; JCG-5840; Admiralty M5282; NGA 12360.
Hakata Kō East Breakwater
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 12 m (39 ft); green light, 3 s on, 3 s off. 10 m (33 ft) square 2-stage concrete tower with two galleries. Entire lighthouse is white. A Coast Guard photo is below right, Our Lighthouses has a page with a good photo, another photo is available, and Google has a satellite view. This breakwater runs parallel to the shore, protecting the commercial piers. Located at the west end of the breakwater. Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed. ARLHS JPN-079; JCG-5841; Admiralty M5280; NGA 12372.
Ha Shima
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 11 m (36 ft); white flash every 3 s. 10 m (33 ft) concrete post attached to a 1-story square concrete equipment room. Entire lighthouse painted white. Our Lighthouses has a page with photos, another photo is available, and Google has a satellite view. Located at the west end of an islet on the east side of the entrance to Hakata Kō. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. JCG-5833; Admiralty M5279; NGA 12356.
Hakata West Breakwater Light
Hakata Kō West Breakwater Light, Fukuoka, August 2009
Flickr Creative Commons photo by Jimmy G.
Shikanoshima (Shike Shima) West Breakwater
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 11 m (36 ft); green light, 3 s on, 3 s off. 8.5 m (28 ft) round concrete tower attached to a 1-story concrete equipment building. Entire lighthouse is white. Google has a satellite view. Shikanoshima is an island on the east side of the entrance to Fukuoka Bay; the island is connected to the city by a causeway. Located at an elbow of a detached breakwater in Shikanoshima harbor. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. ARLHS JPN-2021; JCG-5827; Admiralty M5275; NGA 12348.
Kurinokami Sho
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 17 m (56 ft); two white flashes every 5 s. 17 (56 ft) round tapered concrete tower with gallery. Lighthouse painted black with one red horizontal band. The Coast Guard has a photo on a page describing the restoration of the light in 2002. Located on an isolated rock about 20 km (13 mi) west of Fukuma. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. JCG-5824; Admiralty M5270.6; NGA 12328.

Koga City Lighthouse
Aino Shima (Tikusen Aino Shima)
1986. Active; focal plane 87 m (285 ft); white light, 4 s on, 4 s off. 10.5 m (35 ft) concrete post centered on a square 1-story concrete equipment room. Entire lighthouse is white. A closeup photo is available, and Google has a satellite view. Aino Shima is a high island 6 km (3.5 mi) west of Fukuma. Located on the west side of the island, which is the highest point. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. ARLHS JPN-647; JCG-5823; Admiralty M5284.4; NGA 12332.

Fukutsu City Lighthouses
* Tsuyazaki (Tsuyasak, Tuyasaki) Kō Breakwater
1979. 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 rising from a square 1-story concrete equipment room. Entire lighthouse is red. Our Lighthouses has a page with good photos, and Google has an indistinct satellite view. Tsuyazaki Kō is a harbor sheltered by the cape of Tsuyazaki Hana. Located at the end of the main breakwater. Accessible by walking the pier, which is popular with fishermen. Site open, tower closed. JCG-5821.5; Admiralty M5286; NGA 12420.
Hakata East Breakwater Light
Hakata Kō East Breakwater Light, Fukuoka
Japanese Coast Guard Fukuoka Office photo
(no longer online)
* Tsuyazaki (Tuyasaki, Tuyasaki) Hana
1964. Active; focal plane 65 m (213 ft); white flash every 4 s. The lighthouse also has a continuous white spotlight (JCG-5821) that illuminates a reef to the south. 9 m (30 ft) round concrete tower rising from a square 2-story concrete equipment room. Entire lighthouse is white. Our Lighthouses has a page with closeup photos, Lighthouse-Japan.com has a page for the lighthouse, another closeup photo is available, and Google has a satellite view. There's also a photo of restoration in progress in late 2002. Located on a promontory about 3 km (2 mi) northwest of Fukuma. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-705; JCG-5820; Admiralty M5285; NGA 12416.

Munakata City Lighthouses
* Ōshima (Chikusen Ōshima)
1926. Active; focal plane 51 m (167 ft); two white flashes every 15 s. 11 m (36 ft) square cylindrical concrete tower with lantern and gallery, attached to a 1-story concrete keeper's cottage. Entire lighthouse is white. A photo is at right, another photo is available, and Google has a satellite view. This light commands a spectacular view and is a popular tourist attraction. Ōshima (one of many islands of that name in Japan) is a roughly triangular island about 5 km (3 mi) in diameter and 8 km (5 mi) off the coast north of Fukuma. The island is accessible by ferry, and most of it is included in a national park. Located at the northwestern tip of the island. Accessible by road. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-648; JCG-5815; Admiralty M5288; NGA 12392.
* Ōshima East Breakwater (2)
1998 (station established 1981). Active; focal plane 11 m (36 ft); red flash every 3 s. 9 m (30 ft) concrete post rising from a square 1-story concrete equipment room. Entire lighthouse is red. A photo is available, and Google has a satellite view. Located at the end of the east breakwater of Ōshima. Accessible by walking the pier, and there's a good view from arriving ferries. Site open, tower closed. JCG-5813; Admiralty M5289; NGA 12396.
Kurara Se
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 28 m (92 ft); white flash every 3 s. 10 m (33 ft) round concrete tower with gallery. Entire lighthouse is white. A closer view is available, and the Coast Guard has a good photo, but Our Lighthouses has only a distant view and Google has a satellite view. Kurara Se is an isolated giant rock, a smaller version of Eboshi Shima (see above). Located atop the rock about 4 km (2.5 mi) northeast of Ōshima. Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed. ARLHS JPN-789; JCG-5810; Admiralty M5289.8; NGA 12404.
* Konominato Kō (Ku Saki, Ku Zaki)
1991. Active; focal plane 11 m (36 ft); red flash every 4 s. 8.5 m (28 ft) concrete post attached to a square 1-story concrete equipment room. Entire lighthouse is red. Our Lighthouses has a page with closeup photos, and Google has a satellite view. Located at the end of the north breakwater of Konominato, the terminal for ferries to Aino Shima. Accessible by walking the pier. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-2013; JCG-5808; Admiralty M5290; NGA 12412.
* Kanesaki (Kanezaki) Kō
1975. Active; focal plane 12 m (39 ft); two green flashes every 6 s. 9.5 m (31 ft) concrete post attached to a square 1-story concrete equipment room. Entire lighthouse is white. Our Lighthouses has a page with a closeup photo and another photo of an older post on the same breakwater. Google has a satellite view. Located at the end of the north breakwater of Kanesaki harbor. Accessible by walking the pier. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-2004; JCG-5807; Admiralty M5291; NGA 12408.
Ōshima Light
Chikusen Ōshima Light, Munakata, August 2010
Panoramio Creative Commons photo by sk01

Onga District Lighthouses
* Hatsu Kō (Hazu Kō, Hatsu Saki)
1977. Active; focal plane 14 m (46 ft); red flash every 3 s. 9.5 m (31 ft) concrete post attached to a square 1-story concrete equipment room. Entire lighthouse is red. Our Lighthouses has a page with good photos, and Google has a satellite view. Located at the end of the north breakwater of Hatsu harbor in Okagaki. Accessible by walking the pier. Site open, tower closed. JCG-5806; Admiralty M5291.4; NGA 12424.
Ashiya Kō (Outer Breakwater)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 13 m (43 ft); green flash every 3 s. 9.5 m (31 ft) concrete post attached to a square 1-story concrete equipment room. Entire lighthouse is white. Google has a satellite view. Located at the west end of the detached breakwater of Ashiya harbor, at the mouth of the Onga River. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. JCG-5805.1; NGA 12430.

Kitakyūshū City (Kanmon Strait) Lighthouses

Note: The Kanmon Strait is the narrow passage separating the southwestern tip of Honshū from the northern tip of Kyūshū. Since 1973, the two great islands have been joined by the Kanmonkyō Bridge, which crosses the narrowest point of the strait from Shimonoseki, Honshū, to Kitakyūshū, Kyūshū. The twisting strait has strong tidal currents and is not easy to navigate. Lighthouses on the north (Honshū) side of the strait are on the Western Yamaguchi page.
Wakamatsu Lighthouses
Note: The former city of Wakamatsu, now a ward of the metropolitan city of Kitakyūshū, faces north on the western approaches to the strait. The Wakamatsu Coast Guard Office maintains the lighthouses in this section.
* Myōken Saki
1966. Active; focal plane 26 m (85 ft); white light, 3 s on, 2 s off, 3 s on, 4 s off. 10 m (33 ft) concrete post attached to a square 1-story concrete equipment room. Entire lighthouse is white. The Coast Guard has the photo at right and two additional photos, Lighthouse-Japan.com has a good page for the lighthouse, Our Lighthouses has a page with closeup photos, Brian Kennedy has a fine closeup, another photo is available, and Google has a satellite view. This is a highly accessible and well known lighthouse. Located on a rocky promontory northwest of Nakama, about 13 km (8 mi) west of the Kanmon Strait entrance. Parking available; it's a short walk to the lighthouse. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-2015; JCG-5803; Admiralty M5292; NGA 12436.
Shinkōnishi (Hibiki Shinko) West Breakwater
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 13 m (43 ft); two red flashes 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 at the end of the west breakwater of the Shinkōnishi harbor in the Wakamatsu ward of Kitakyūshū. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. JCG-5551; Admiralty M5295.5; NGA 12439.5.
Myoken Saki Light
Rainbow at Myoken Saki Light, Wakamatsu-ku, Kitakyūshū
Japanese Coast Guard Seventh Region photo
Shinkōnishi (Hibiki Shinko) East Breakwater
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 13 m (43 ft); two green flashes every 6 s. 9.5 m (31 ft) concrete post attached to a square 1-story concrete equipment room. Entire lighthouse is white. Google has an indistinct satellite view. Located at the end of the east breakwater of the Shinkōnishi harbor in the Wakamatsu ward of Kitakyūshū. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-2031; JCG-5550; Admiralty M5295; NGA 12439.
Shira Su (Sira Su, Sirasu) (2)
1900 (station established 1873). Active; focal plane 16 m (52 ft); white flash every 4 s. 17 m (56 ft) round 2-stage stone tower with lantern and gallery; the lower half of the tower is stone and the upper half is cast iron. Lighthouse painted with black and white horizontal bands. A Coast Guard has the photo at right and an aerial photo, Our Lighthouses has a page with distant views, another photo is available, and Google has a satellite view. This is one of Kyūshū's oldest light stations and one of Japan's Famous Fifty lighthouses. The 1873 lighthouse, a square wood tower, was built by the British engineer Richard Henry Brunton to mark the western entrance to the strait. There is an article with several drawings of the 1873 tower. In Katsuyama park in Kitakyūshū there is a replica of an earlier traditional lighthouse said to have been on this reef. Located on an islet about 5 km (3 mi) northwest of the mainland. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-795; JCG-5544; Admiralty M5328; NGA 9960.
Ōmozi Iwa
1895. Active; focal plane 15 m (49 ft); white flash every 3 s. 15 m (49 ft) round strongly conical stone tower with lantern and gallery, painted white. A photo is available, the Coast Guard has a closeup (also seen below right), and Google has a satellite view. The western deepwater entrance to the Kanmon Strait is from the north rather than the west. This lighthouse is built on an islet on the southwest side of this northern entrance, about 5 km (3 mi) northeast of Shira Su. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-793; JCG-5542; Admiralty M5326; NGA 9952.
Shira Su Light
Lighthouse fans visiting Shira Su Light, Wakamatsu-ku, Kitakyūshū, June 2006
Japanese Coast Guard Seventh Region photo
* Dōkai Wan (Entrance Breakwater)
1974. Active; focal plane 12 m (39 ft); red 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 satellite view. Dōkai Wan (Dokai Bay) is an estuary joining the Kanmon Strait at its western end. Located at the end of the long breakwater on the west side of the Dokai Bay entrance. Accessible in good weather by walking the pier. Site open, tower closed. JCG-5507; Admiralty M5297; NGA 9912.

Tobata Lighthouses
Note: The remaining lighthouses on this page guide vessels in the Kanmon Strait; they are maintained by the Moji Coast Guard Office.
* Tobata Koro Passage Range Front
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 25 m (82 ft); continuous green light. 24 m (79 ft) square pyramidal skeletal tower with lantern and gallery, painted white. No closeup photo available, but Google has a fine satellite view. The range apparently guides vessels eastbound in the strait, although its exact purpose is unclear. Located in an industrial area of Kitakyūshū. Site appears open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-2026; JCG-5483; Admiralty M5300; NGA 9888.
* Tobata Koro Passage Range Rear
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 31 m (102 ft); continuous green light. 30 m (98 ft) square pyramidal skeletal tower with lantern, gallery, and central cylinder, painted with red and white horizontal bands. No closeup photo available, but Google has a fine satellite view. The range guides vessels approaching the strait from the north. Located in an industrial area of Kitakyūshū. Site appears open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-2027; JCG-5384; Admiralty M5300.1; NGA 9892.

Kokura Lighthouses
* Kokura Breakwater
1974. Active; focal plane 11 m (36 ft); red light, 2 s on, 2 s off. 9.5 m (31 ft) concrete post attached to a square 1-story concrete equipment room. Entire lighthouse is red. Google has a satellite view. Located at the end of a long pier in the Kokura neighborhood. Although listed as a "detached breakwater," the pier is connected to land by a short footbridge and is popular with pedestrians. Accessible by walking the pier. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-2010; JCG-5466; Admiralty M5343.7; NGA 9868.
Omozi Iwa Light
Ōmozi Iwa Light, Wakamatsu-ku, Kitakyūshū
Japanese Coast Guard Seventh Region photo
* Sunatsu (Sunatu) Breakwater
1963. Active; focal plane 12 m (93 ft); red flash every 5 s. 11 m (36 ft) concrete post rising from a square 1-story concrete equipment room. Entire lighthouse is red. A photo is available, and Google has a good satellite view. Located at the end of the breakwater in the Kokura neighborhood, near the southernmost point of the strait. Accessible by walking the pier. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty JCG-5451; M5345; NGA 9844.
* Sunatsu (Sunatu) Fairway Range Rear
1961. Active; focal plane 14 m (46 ft); continuous green light. 13 m (43 ft) round concrete tower with gallery; the light is shown as a panel of vertical neon tubes within a large arrow-shaped daymark. Entire lighthouse is white. A photo is available, and Google has a satellite view. The front light is on a similar but much smaller tower. This range guides westbound vessels as they make the turn around the southernmost point of the strait. Located on the waterfront at the south end of the Kokura basin. Site open, tower closed. JCG-5453; Admiralty M5344.1; NGA 9852.
* Oseto No. 1 Range Front
1966. Active; focal plane 40 m (131 ft); continuous yellow light. 18 m (59 ft) round cylindrical metal tower with gallery; the light is shown as a panel of horizontal neon tubes within a triangular daymark. Entire lighthouse is white. A photo is available, and Google has a satellite view. The Oseto ranges guide eastbound vessels in the strait. Located beside highway 3 about 300 m (1000 ft) south of the strait. Site open, tower closed. JCG-5443; Admiralty M5340; NGA 9836.
* Oseto No. 1 Range Rear
1966. Active; focal plane 79 m (259 ft); continuous yellow light. 18 m (59 ft) octagonal cylindrical concrete tower with gallery, attached to a 1-story concrete equipment room; the light is shown as a panel of horizontal neon tubes within a triangular daymark. Entire lighthouse is white. A photo is available, and Google has a satellite view. Located on a hill in Tamukeyama Park, 260 m (850 ft) southeast of the front light. Site open, tower closed. JCG-5444; Admiralty M5340.1; NGA 9840.

Moji Lighthouses
Note: The former city of Moji, now a ward of the metropolitan city of Kitakyūshū, occupies a peninsula separating the eastern half of Kanmon Strait from the open waters of the Seto Inland Sea.
* Oseto No. 2 Range Front
1966. Active; focal plane 20 m (66 ft); continuous yellow light. 18 m (59 ft) square cylindrical skeletal tower with gallery and a triangular daymark. Entire lighthouse painted white. A photo is available, and Google has a satellite view. Located at the edge of the strait adjacent to the Ogura Marina in the Matsubara district of Kitakyūshū. Site open, tower closed. JCG-5439; Admiralty M5340.3; NGA 9820.
* Oseto No. 2 Range Rear
1966. Active; focal plane 30 m (98 ft); continuous yellow light. 28 m (92 ft) square cylindrical skeletal tower with gallery and a triangular daymark. Entire lighthouse painted white. A photo is available, and Google has a satellite view. Located near the entrance to the Ogura Marina in the Matsubara district of Kitakyūshū. Site open, tower closed. JCG-5440; Admiralty M5340.31; NGA 9824.
Oseto No. 3 Range Front
1966. Active; focal plane 26 m (85 ft); continuous yellow light. 19 m (62 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with gallery; the light is shown as a panel of horizontal neon tubes within a triangular daymark. Entire lighthouse is white. A photo is available, and Google has a satellite view. This range guides eastbound vessels in the strait. Located above a rapid transit rail line in the Komorie district of Kitakyūshū. Site fenced, but the light can be seen from nearby; tower closed. JCG-5433; Admiralty M5340.6; NGA 9804.
Oseto No. 3 Range Rear
1966. Active; focal plane 42 m (138 ft); continuous yellow light. 13 m (43 ft) round concrete tower with double gallery; the light is shown as a panel of horizontal neon tubes within a triangular daymark. Entire lighthouse is white. A photo is available, and Google has a satellite view. Located 340 m (370 yd) northeast of the front light. Site fenced, but the light can be seen from nearby; tower closed. JCG-5434; Admiralty M5340.61; NGA 9808.
* Moji (Mozi) Kō Breakwater No. 1
1997. Active; focal plane 7 m (23 ft); red light, 3 s on, 3 s off. 7 m (23 ft) octagonal cylindrical concrete block tower with an open lantern. The concrete blocks are colored red and the lantern is painted red. A Coast Guard photo is at right, Our Lighthouses has a page with a closeup photo, a view from shore is available, and Google has a satellite view. Moji Kō is a harbor with several basins located immediately to the south of the Kanmonkyō Bridge. Located at the end of the breakwater of the southernmost basin. Accessible by walking the pier. Site open, tower closed. JCG-5426.3; Admiralty M5355.2; NGA 9792.
Moji (Mozi) Kō Breakwater No. 2
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 10 m (33 ft); green flash every 3 s. 9 m (30 ft) concrete post attached to a square 1-story concrete equipment room. Entire lighthouse is white. Google has a satellite view. Located at the south end of a detached breakwater of the northern Moji harbor, about 1200 m (3/4 mi) north of the Breakwater No. 1 light and just south of the Kanmonkyō Bridge. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. JCG-5426; Admiralty M5354; NGA 9790.
* Moji Saki
1924. Active; focal plane 10 m (33 ft); white light, 3 s on, 3 s off. 7 m (23 ft) round concrete tower adjoining a square 1-story concrete equipment shelter. Lighthouse-Japan.com has a page with photos, another photo is available, a view from the strait shows the power lines high above the lighthouse, and Google has a satellite view. Located at the tip of a promontory just north of the Kanmonkyō Bridge, marking the narrowest point of the strait. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-370; JCG-5420; Admiralty M5355; NGA 9774.
Moji Breakwater #1 Light
Moji Breakwater No. 1 Light, Moji-ku, Kitakyūshū
Japanese Coast Guard photo
* He Saki
1872 (Richard Henry Brunton). Active; focal plane 39 m (128 ft); continuous white light with a more intense flash every 15 s. 10 m (33 ft) round cylindrical granite tower with lantern and gallery, attached to a 1-story semicircular granite keeper's cottage. Entire lighthouse painted white. An additional 1-story keeper's house adjoins the lighthouse. The Coast Guard's photo appears at right, Lighthouse-Japan.com has a page with several fine photos, Our Lighthouses has a page with several closeup photos, another photo and a closeup are available, and Google has a satellite view. This is one of Japan's Famous Fifty lighthouses. Kyūshū's oldest lighthouse, it marks the eastern entrance to the Kanmon Strait from the Inland Sea. Surrounded by a forested park, it should be a place of serene beauty--but just to the west the park is bordered by a huge stone quarry. Located on a promontory overlooking the Inland Sea about 16 km (10 mi) northeast of Kitakyūshū. Site open, although parking is limited and it's a steep climb to the lighthouse, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-098; JCG-5409; Admiralty M5312; NGA 9766.
* Hishakuda (Hisyakuda) Kō
1966. Active; focal plane 12 m (39 ft); two red flashes every 8 s. 8.5 m (28 ft) concrete post attached to a square 1-story concrete equipment room. Entire lighthouse is red. A view from the sea is available, and Google has a satellite view. Located at the end of the east breakwater of Hishakuda, about 10 km (6 mi) south of He Saki. Accessible by walking the pier. Site open, tower closed. JCG-5292; Admiralty M4986; NGA 9758.
Shinmoji (Sinmozi) North Breakwater
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 18 m (59 ft); green flash every 5 s. 16 m (52 ft) round concrete tower with lantern and gallery. Entire lighthouse is white. A photo is available (lower left on the page), there's a distant view from shore, and Google has a satellite view. Shinmoji is a modern port facing Suo Bay of the Seto Inland Sea. Located at the end of the north breakwater of Sinmozi. Accessible only by boat (the breakwater does not connect to the shore). Site and tower closed. ARLHS JPN-2023; JCG-5290.5; Admiralty M4985; NGA 9754.
He Saki Light
Snow at He Saki Light, Moji-ku, Kitakyūshū
Japanese Coast Guard photo (no longer online)
Inoura Kō
1970. Active; focal plane 13 m (43 ft); two green flashes every 8 s. 10 m (33 ft) concrete post attached to a square 1-story concrete equipment room. Entire lighthouse is white. Google has a satellite view. Located at the north end of a long detached breakwater at Inoura harbor. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. JCG-5284; Admiralty M4984; NGA 9750.

Miyako and Buzen Area (Suo Bay) Lighthouses

Kanda Town (Miyako District) Lighthouses
* Kanda Kō North Breakwater
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 11 m (36 ft); two red flashes every 8 s. 8.5 m (28 ft) concrete post centered on a square 1-story concrete equipment room. Entire lighthouse is red. A distant view is available, and Google has a satellite view. NGA spells the name Kando. Located at the end of the long north breakwater of Kanda harbor, just south of the Kitakyūshū airport. Accessible by walking the pier. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-2003; JCG-5277; Admiralty M4982; NGA 9742.
* Kanda Kō East Breakwater
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 11 m (36 ft); two green flashes every 8 s. 7.5 m (25 ft) concrete post centered on a square 1-story concrete equipment room. Entire lighthouse is white. Google has a satellite view. Located at the end of the east breakwater of Kanda harbor. Accessible by walking the pier. Site open, tower closed. JCG-5278; Admiralty M4981; NGA 9738.

Buzen City Lighthouse
Unoshima (Unosima) Kō
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 13 m (43 ft); two red flashes every 8 s. 9.5 m (31 ft) concrete post rising from a square 1-story concrete equipment room. Entire lighthouse is red. Google has a distant satellite view. Located on a short, detached outer breakwater at the entrance to Unoshima harbor. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-2029; JCG-5267; Admiralty M4979; NGA 9730.

Information available on lost lighthouses:

Notable faux lighthouses:

  • Nakagawa. This appears to be a traditional lighthouse, but it may be ornamental; we need information on its history. Located at the southern tip of Nakasu Island in the Naka River (Nakagawa) in the Hakata district of Fukuoka. Google has a satellite view.
  • Shira Su Replica. This tower is located in the Katsuyama park next to Kokura castle in Kitakyūshū. Japanese Wikipedia has the same photo on its page for Shira Su, but does not tell us when such a lighthouse stood on the reef. Another photo is available, and Google has a satellite view.

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Posted June 25, 2007. Checked and revised March 15, 2013. Lighthouses: 53. Site copyright 2013 Russ Rowlett and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.