Lighthouses of Japan: Kōchi (Southern Shikoku)

Smallest of the Japanese main islands, Shikoku is divided into four prefectures. This page includes lighthouses of Kōchi Prefecture, which faces southeast on the Pacific Ocean. The coast of the prefecture is rugged and scenic.

In Japanese, the word for a lighthouse is tōdai or toudai (灯台). The words saki and misaki are for capes and headlands, shima (also spelled sima or jima) is an island, wan is a bay, and is a harbor. Lighthouses in Japan are operated and maintained by the Japanese Coast Guard's Maritime Safety Agency. There is at least one Coast Guard Section Office in each prefecture, often two or more. Kōchi Prefecture has a single section office at Kōchi city.

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 - Kōchi
A comprehensive site, almost entirely in Japanese.
Lighthouse of Japan - Kōchi
Another comprehensive site, in Japanese, with pages for each prefecture.
Form of a Lighthouse - Kōchi
Another site with many photos of Japanese lighthouses.
Kiso's Lighthouses
This site, entirely in Japanese, has many excellent photos of Japanese lighthouses.
Misty's Japanese Lighthouse Tour - Kōchi
Photos and a few notes in English for lighthouses in all parts of the country.
Kato's Lighthouses
Photos and notes from all parts of Japan.
Lighthouses - Kōchi Prefecture
Another collection of photos.
Lighthouses of Region 5 - Kōchi
Photos posted by the Fifth Coast Guard Region.
Kōchi Aids to Navigation
Photos and information for six well-known lighthouses posted by the Kōchi Coast Guard Office.
The Japanese Lighthouse - Kōchi
Another collection of photos of lighthouses.
Lighthouses in Kōchi Prefecture
Photos available from Wikimedia.
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 Kōchi (Muroto Saki and Ashizuri Saki).
Japan: Modern Lighthouses
Historic postcard views posted by Michel Forand.

Muroto Misaki Light
Muroto Saki Light, Muroto, May 2009
Wikimedia Creative Commons photo by reggaeman

Tōyō Town Lighthouses
Hasu Bae
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 18 m (59 ft); red flash every 5 s. 14 m (46 ft) round concrete tower. Entire lighthouse is red. Photos are available (third and fourth row), and Bing has a satellite view. Located on a reef (connected to a nearby island by a short breakwater) in the entrance to Kannoura harbor. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-2487; JCG-3018; Admiralty M5585; NGA 10064.
* Kannoura
1884. Active; focal plane 42 m (138 ft); white light, 3 s on, 3 s off. 8 m (26 ft) octagonal brick tower with lantern and gallery, painted white. A 1-story concrete equipment building has been built behind the historic lighthouse. Lighthouse-Japan.com has a page with several photos, Misty's Tour has additional photos, another closeup photo is available, Forand has a historic postcard view, and Bing has a satellite view. This is one of Shikoku's oldest and most historic lighthouses, but it is not very well known and it doesn't seem to be visited very often. It is located on a promontory just off the entrance to the harbor of Kannoura. Accessible by hiking a service road. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-228; JCG-3020; Admiralty M5584; NGA 10056.

Muroto City (Cape Muroto Area) Lighthouse
Sakihama Kō
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 15 m (49 ft); green flash every 3 s. 10 m (33 ft) round concrete tower with a flared top, attached to a small 1-story concrete equipment shelter. Entire lighthouse is white. Additional photos (top of the page) are available, Google has a very distant street view, and Bing has a satellite view. Located at the north end of a detached breakwater at the entrance to Sakihama harbor. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-532; JCG-3024.3; Admiralty M5585.65; NGA 10066.
* Sakihama Range Rear
1956. Active; focal plane 26 m (85 ft); white light, 6 s on, 2 s off. 7 m (23 ft) round concrete tower with gallery, centered on a round 1-story equipment room. The original lantern seems to have been replaced by a small modern lantern mounted off center on the gallery. Entire lighthouse is white. Lighthouse-Japan.com has a page with several photos, and additional photos (bottom of the page) are available, but trees hide the light in Google's satellite view. The front light is on a post at the waterline. Located on a hillside 40 m (131 ft) west southwest of the front light in Sakihama. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-819; JCG-3024; Admiralty M5585.6; NGA 10072.
* Shiina Kō
1966. Active; focal plane 15 m (49 ft); red light, 3 s on, 3 s off. 10 m (33 ft) round concrete post attached to a square 1-story concrete equipment shelter. Entire lighthouse is red. There's another page for the lighthouse, and Google has a street view and a satellite view. Located at the end of the north breakwater of Shiina, about 13 km (8 mi) north of Muroto Saki. Accessible by walking the pier. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-2512; JCG-3025; Admiralty M5585.7; NGA 10080.
Mitsu (Mitu) Kō
1964. Active; focal plane 13 m (43 ft); continuous red light with a more intense flash every 6 s. 10 m (33 ft) round concrete post attached to a square 1-story concrete equipment shelter. Entire lighthouse is red. There's another page for the lighthouse, Google has a street view, and Bing has a satellite view. Located at the end of the north breakwater of Mitsu, about 10 km (6 mi) north of Muroto Saki. Accessible by walking the pier. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-2496; JCG-3026; Admiralty M5585.8; NGA 10076.
** Muroto Saki
1899. Active; focal plane 155 m (508 ft); white flash every 10 s. 15 m (49 ft) round cylindrical cast iron tower with lantern and gallery, centered on a round 1-story cast iron keeper's house. Entire lighthouse painted white. The original 1st order clamshell Fresnel lens remains in use, although the lens had to be repaired after being damaged when typhoon winds broke the lantern windows in 1934. A 1-story stone keeper's house is in use as a visitor center and museum. This is Japan's second-oldest cast iron lighthouse. The light, one of Japan's most powerful, has a range of 55 km (35 mi). A photo is at the top of this page, Lighthouse-Japan.com has a page with excellent photos, another page has many photos, the Coast Guard has a closeup photo and a second photo, Marta Nimlos has a fine closeup, Misty's Tour has additional photos of the lighthouse in operation, and Bing has a satellite view. Muroto Saki is a sharp-pointed cape at the south end of the Anan Coast and the east entrance to Tosa Bay. The lighthouse guarding this prominent cape is one of Shikoku's best known and most important lights and a great historic treasure. Located on the point of the cape with a 300° panoramic view of the Pacific. Accessible by road. Site open, tower closed, but there is an observation platform behind the tower and above the level of the lens. ARLHS JPN-380; JCG-3027; Admiralty M5586; NGA 10084.
Murotomisaki Kō West Breakwater Extension
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 17 m (56 ft); continuous red light with a brighter flash every 4 s. 13 m (43 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower, painted red. A Coast Guard photo is at right, a page for the harbor lights has photos (third row and bottom row right), the light is at the far left in Kato's photo, Google has a distant street view, and Bing has a satellite view. Located at the end of a spur extending from the "west" (really south) breakwater of Murotomisaki, a port in the lee of Muroto Saki, about 2.5 km (1.5 mi) northwest of the point of the cape. Site and tower closed. ARLHS JPN-2500; JCG-3028; Admiralty M5587.2; NGA 10092.
Murotomisaki Kō Outer Breakwater
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 20 m (66 ft); continuous green light with a brighter flash every 4 s. 16 m (52 ft) round tapered concrete tower, painted red. The Coast Guard has a photo, a page for the harbor lights has photos (second row left and fourth row right), the light is second from the left in Kato's photo, and Bing has a satellite view. Located at the end of the detached outer breakwater of Murotomisaki. Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed. ARLHS JPN-2498; JCG-3029.5; Admiralty M5587.4; NGA 10098.
Murotomisaki Kō South Breakwater
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 14 m (46 ft); red flash every 3 s. 16 m (52 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower, painted white. The light is at the far right in Kato's photo, a page for the harbor lights has photos (second row right and bottom row left), and Bing has a satellite view. Located at the end of the south breakwater of Murotomisaki. Site and tower closed. ARLHS JPN-2499; JCG-3029; Admiralty M5587.3; NGA 10096.
Murotomisaki Breakwater Lights
Murotomisaki West Breakwater Extension Light (foreground)
and Outer Breakwater Light , Muroto
Japanese Coast Guard Fifth Region photo
#Murotomisaki Kō South Inner Breakwater
Date unknown. Deactivated and demolished in 2012. This was a 14 m (46 ft) round tapered concrete tower, painted white. The light is second from the right in Kato's photo, and Bing has a satellite view. Located at the end of the main inner breakwater of Murotomisaki. Site status unknown. ARLHS JPN-2501; JCG-3030; Admiralty M5587; NGA 10088.
* Tosamurotsu Kō (North Jetty)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 11 m (36 ft); green light, 3 s on, 3 s off. 8.5 m (28 ft) round hourglass-shaped concrete tower. Entire lighthouse is white. Bing has a satellite view. Located at the end of the detached outer breakwater of Muroto, a port in the lee of Muroto Saki, about 5 km (3 mi) northwest of the point of the cape. Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed. ARLHS JPN-2497; JCG-3031; Admiralty M5589; NGA 10100.
[Tosamurotsu Kō South (Outer) Breakwater]
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 19 m (62 ft); two red flashes every 6 s. 17 m (56 ft) round tapered concrete tower. Entire lighthouse is red. Bing has a satellite view. Located at the end of the detached outer breakwater of Muroto, a port in the lee of Muroto Saki, about 5 km (3 mi) northwest of the point of the cape. Accessible only by boat. Site and tower closed. JCG-3032; Admiralty M5590; NGA 10104.
* Hane Saki
1953. Active; focal plane 78 m (256 ft); two white flashes every 20 s. 11 m (36 ft) rectangular cylindrical concrete tower with lantern and gallery. The lighthouse is unpainted white concrete. Lighthouse-Japan.com has a page with several good photos, another page has good photos, Misty's Tour has another photo, and Bing has a satellite view. Located on a promontory about 10 km (6 mi) northwest of Muroto. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-2504; JCG-3033; Admiralty M5591; NGA 10108.

Western Aki District Lighthouses
* Nahari Kō East Breakwater
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 14 m (46 ft); red flash every 3 s. 10 m (33 ft) concrete post attached to a square 1-story concrete equipment shelter. Entire lighthouse is red. Kato has a photo (third photo on the page), another photo (second row left) is available, and Bing has a distant satellite view. Located at the end of the east breakwater of Nahari harbor. Accessible by walking the pier. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-2504; JCG-3035; Admiralty M5592.2; NGA 10112.
* Nahari Kō West Breakwater
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 12 m (39 ft); green flash every 3 s. 9.5 m (31 ft) round concrete tower, flared at the top. Entire lighthouse is white. Kato has a photo (second photo on the page), another photo (bottom row right) is available, and Bing has a distant satellite view. Located at the end of the west breakwater of Nahari harbor. Accessible by walking the pier. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-2503; JCG-3034; Admiralty M5592.3; NGA 10116.
Nahari Kō Detached Breakwater
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 16 m (52 ft); two red flashes every 6 s. 8.5 m (28 ft) round concrete tower, flared at the top and attached to a small equipment shelter. Entire lighthouse is red. Kato has a photo (fourth photo on the page), another photo (bottom row left) is available, and Bing has a distant satellite view. Located at the west end of a detached breakwater of Nahari harbor. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-2505; JCG-3034.3; Admiralty M5592.4; NGA 10118.
* Tonohama (Karahama)
1969. Active; focal plane 24 m (79 ft); continuous white spotlight shown over a narrow arc over nearby shoals. 17 m (56 ft) round concrete tower with a boxlike lantern for the sector light. Entire lighthouse is white. The Coast Guard's photo is at right, Misty's Tour has a photo, and Google has an indistinct satellite view. A main light (JCG-3036), formerly shown from a small gallery at the top of the tower, was discontinued in March 2013. Located on a promontory on the east side of Yasuda and about 8 km (5 mi) southeast of Aki. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-2518; JCG-3037; Admiralty M5592.5; NGA 10120.
* Yasuda Kō
1982. Active; focal plane 15 m (49 ft); red flash every 5 s. 9.5 m (31 ft) round cylindrical red concrete tower. Another page for the lighthouse has photos, and Google has a satellite view. Located at the end of the breakwater in Yasuda. Accessible by walking the pier. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-2523; JCG-3038; Admiralty M5592.55; NGA 10124.
Tonohama
Tonohama Light, Yasuda
Japanese Coast Guard Fifth Region photo

Kōnan City Lighthouse
* Tei Saki
1958. Active; focal plane 29 m (95 ft); white light, 4 s on, 2 s off. 11.5 m (38 ft) round vase-shaped concrete tower with gallery and four ribs mounted on a 1-story equipment room. Entire lighthouse is white. Lighthouse-Japan.com has a page with good photos, another page has photos, Misty's Tour also has a photo, and Google has a good satellite view. The ribs are unusual for a Japanese lighthouse. Located on a promontory near the northernmost point of Tosa Bay, about 12 km (7.5 mi) west of Aki. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-638; JCG-3041; Admiralty M5593; NGA 10136.

Kōchi City Lighthouses
* Kōchi Tanezaki Breakwater
1968. Active; focal plane 12 m (39 ft); red light, 3 s on, 3 s off. 10 m (33 ft) concrete post attached to a square 1-story concrete equipment shelter. Entire lighthouse is red. Bing has an indistinct satellite view. Located on a short breakwater pier on the north side of the entrance to Kōchi harbor. Accessible by walking the pier. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-2516; JCG-3046; Admiralty M5594.8; NGA 10160.
Kōchi Entrance
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 16 m (52 ft); green light, 3 s on, 3 s off. 11 m (36 ft) square skeletal tower, painted white. A adjacent square equipment building may be the base of an earlier light. Two photos (fourth and seventh rows) are available, and Bing has a satellite view. Located at the end of the breakwater on the west side of the entrance to Kōchi harbor. May be accessible by walking the pier. Site open, tower closed. JCG-3045; Admiralty M5595; NGA 10156.
* Kōchi (Ryuzu Saki) (2)
1971 (station established 1883). Active; focal plane 50 m (164 ft); white flash every 5 s. 15.5 m (50 ft) round concrete tower with lantern and gallery, attached to a 1-story service building. Entire lighthouse is white. A Coast Guard photo is at right, Lighthouse-Japan.com has a page with good photos, another page also has photos, Misty's Tour has another photo, a 2009 photo is available, and Google has a satellite view. We do not know the fate of the original lighthouse; it's possible that it survives. Kōchi is the principal port on the south side of Shikoku, with a large estuary forming its harbor. This lighthouse is located on Ryuzu Saki, a hilly promontory on the southwest side of the harbor entrance. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-2493; JCG-3044; Admiralty M5594; NGA 10152.

Susaki City Lighthouses
Usa Kō (East Breakwater)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 13 m (43 ft); two red flashes every 6 s. 9.5 m (31 ft) round concrete tower with a flared top, attached to a small equipment shelter. Entire lighthouse is red. Google has a satellite view. Located at the end of east (main) breakwater of Usa, at the mouth of the Niyodo River. Site status unknown; may be accessible by walking the pier. ARLHS JPN-2521; JCG-3068.5; Admiralty M5596.25; NGA 10190.
Kōchi Light
Kōchi (Ryuzu Saki) Light, Kōchi
Japanese Coast Guard Fifth Region photo
Usa Kō Training Wall (Detached Breakwater)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 11 m (36 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. A photo (#3069, near the bottom of the page) and a second photo (also at the bottom of the page) are available, and Google has a satellite view. Located at the east end of the detached breakwater of Usa harbor. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-2522; JCG-3069; Admiralty M5596.2; NGA 10192.
* Shirono (Sirono) Hana
1953. Active; focal plane 57 m (187 ft); white light, 3 s on, 3 s off. 7.5 m (25 ft) square cylindrical concrete tower, rising from one corner of a square 1-story concrete equipment building. Entire lighthouse is white. Lighthouse-Japan.com has a page with photos, another page has closeup photos, Misty's Tour has two additional photos, and Google has an indistinct satellite view. Located at the tip of a peninsula on the south side of the entrance to the Niyodo River estuary, about 8 km (5 mi) southeast of Tosa. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-583; JCG-3068; Admiralty M5596.3; NGA 10188.
Yamazaki Hana
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 68 m (223 ft); three white flashes every 13 s; in addition, a spotlight (JCG-3073) illuminates a beacon on a nearby shoal. 11 m (36 ft) round concrete tower, mounted on a square base. Entire lighthouse is white. A closeup photo is available, Kato has a photo, Brian Lottino has a remarkable distant photo of the lighthouse in action, and Google has an indistinct satellite view. Located on a sharp, steep promontory on the east side of the entrance to Susaki harbor. This site appears to be inaccessible to the public. ARLHS JPN-752; JCG-3072; Admiralty M5596.4; NGA 10196.

Takaoka District Lighthouses
* Kure Kō (Tosakure, Hutana Shima)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 35 m (115 ft); two white flashes every 7 s; in addition, a spotlight (JCG-3076) illuminates a nearby reef. 9.5 m (31 ft) round concrete tower with gallery. Entire lighthouse is white. Lighthouse-Japan.com has a page with a closeup photo, another page has good photos, Misty's Tour has additional photos, and Google has a satellite view. Located atop a huge rock in the entrance to Kure Kō, the harbor associated with the town of Nakatosa, about 7 km (4.5 mi) south of Susaki. The rock is joined to land by a causeway. Site status unknown; the rock is accessible by walking the causeway, but most visitors don't try climbing to the light. ARLHS JPN-308; JCG-3075; Admiralty M5596.6; NGA 10208.
Isshiba Se (Ishi Bae, Isshibase)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 21 m (69 ft); two white flashes every 5 s. 21 m (69 ft) concrete tower, painted black with one red horizontal band. The Coast Guard has a photo (last lighthouse on the page). Located on a shoal about 6 km (3.5 mi) east of Kure harbor. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. JCG-3071; Admiralty M5596.5; NGA 10204.
Kaminokae Kō
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 9.5 m (31 ft); green flash every 3 s. 8 m (26 ft) round concrete tower adjoining a square 1-story concrete equipment shelter. Entire lighthouse is white. This light differs from most Japanese pierhead lights in that the tower is not actually attached to the equipment shelter. Another page has photos, Google has a satellite view. Located on the south breakwater of Kaminokae harbor. Probably accessible by walking the pier. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-2491; JCG-3077; Admiralty M5597; NGA 10212.
* Okitsu (Okitu) Saki
1951. Active; focal plane 187 m (614 ft); two white flashes every 15 s. 14 m (46 ft) octagonal cylindrical concrete tower with lantern and gallery, attached to a 1-story concrete equipment building. Entire lighthouse is white. The Coast Guard's photo appears at right, Lighthouse-Japan.com has a page with good photos, another page has photos, a 2010 photo is available, and Google has a satellite view. One of Japan's highest lighthouses, this powerful light has a range of 61 km (38 mi). Located on a prominent cape in Shimanto, about 10 km (6 mi) northeast of Saga. Accessible by road. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-486(=2507); JCG-3079; Admiralty M5598; NGA 10224.

Okitsu Saki Light, Shimanto
Japanese Coast Guard Fifth Region photo

Kuroshio Town Lighthouses
Saga (Tosasaga) Kō Groin
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 20 m (66 ft); two green flashes every 6 s. 12 m (39 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower attached to a square equipment shelter. Entire lighthouse is white. Two photos (second row left and bottom row left) are available, and Google has a satellite view. Located at the end of a breakwater extending north from Kashima, an island in Saga harbor. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-2510; JCG-3081; Admiralty M5598.3; NGA 10228.
Saga (Tosasaga) Kō Outer Breakwater
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 19 m (62 ft); green flash every 3 s. 13 m (43 ft) round tapered concrete tower attached to a small equipment shelter. Entire lighthouse is white. Two photos (next to last row and bottom row right) are available, and Google has a satellite view. Located on a detached breakwater at the south entrance to Saga harbor. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-2511; JCG-3083.2; Admiralty M5598.25; NGA 10234.
Ino (Inomino) Misaki
1959. Active; focal plane 45 m (148 ft); two white flashes every 8 s. 10.5 m (35 ft) round vase-shaped concrete tower with gallery. Entire lighthouse is white. Lighthouse-Japan has a page with photos, another page has photos, Misty's Tour has additional photos, and Google has a fuzzy satellite view. Located on a prominent cape about 10 km (6 mi) south of Saga. Several visitors have found it impossible to reach this site through dense undergrowth, although the lighthouse can be seen from nearby. ARLHS JPN-169; JCG-3084; Admiralty M5598.5; NGA 10252.
* Ida Kō
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 11 m (36 ft); green flash every 4 s; in addition, a spotlight (JCG-3086) illuminates a reef off the harbor entrance. 9.5 m (31 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower. Entire lighthouse is white. There's another page with photos, additional photos are available, and Google has a satellite view. Located on the north breakwater of Ida harbor, in the lee of Ino Misaki. Accessible by walking the pier. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-2489; JCG-3085; Admiralty M5598.7; NGA 10256.
Kamikawaguchi (Kami Kawaguti) Kō
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 35 m (115 ft); white light, 3 s on, 3 s off. 8.5 m (28 ft) concrete post with gallery, mounted atop a square 1-story concrete equipment room. Entire lighthouse is white. Another photo (halfway down the page) is available, and Google has a distant street view and an indistinct satellite view. Located at Kamikawaguchi, a port about 5 km (3 mi) northwest of Ino Misaki. Site status unknown. ARLHS JPN-214; JCG-3087; Admiralty M5599; NGA 10236.
#Kamikawaguchi (Kami Kawaguti) Kō North Breakwater
Date unknown. Inactive at least since 2011. 9.5 m (31 ft) concrete post attached to a square 1-story concrete equipment room. Entire lighthouse is white. A 2004 view from across the harbor is available, but Google's satellite view confirms that the light has been removed. It became redundant when a detached breakwater was built outside the original harbor entrance. Formerly located on the north (really west) breakwater of Kamikawaguchi. Site open. ARLHS JPN-2490; ex-JCG-3088; Admiralty M5599.2; NGA 10240.
Irino Kō
Date unknown. Inactive. Approx. 11 m (36 ft) round concrete tower with a flared top. The deactivated lighthouse was painted black; a series of light and dark blue horizontal bands have been added. A distant photo is available, and Google has a satellite view. The lighthouse became redundant when the harbor was expanded. Located on the south breakwater of Irino harbor. May be accessible by walking the pier. Site status unknown. ex-JCG-3091.

Tosashimizu City (Cape Ashizuri Area) Lighthouses
* Nishidō (Nisidō, Nishi Michi) Saki
1953. Active; focal plane 40 m (131 ft); white flash every 4 s; in addition, a spotlight (JCG-3094) illuminates the north breakwater across from the lighthouse. 13 m (43 ft) concrete post with gallery, mounted atop a round 1-story concrete equipment room. Entire lighthouse is white. Lighthouse-Japan.com has a page with photos, another page has closeup photos, Misty's Tour has additional photos, and Google has an indistinct satellite view. Located on a promontory on the south side of the entrance to the Shimanto estuary at Tosashimoda. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-416; JCG-3093; Admiralty M5600; NGA 10260.
* Nuno Saki
1955. Active; focal plane 58 m (190 ft); white flash every 5 s. 10 m (33 ft) concrete post with gallery, mounted atop a square 1-story concrete equipment room. Entire lighthouse is white. Lighthouse-Japan.com has a page with photos, another page has many photos, Misty's Tour has another photo, and Google has an indistinct satellite view. Located on a prominent cape at the northeast corner of the Ashizuri peninsula about 15 km (9 mi) northeast of Tosashimizu. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-439; JCG-3095; Admiralty M5601; NGA 10264.
Shimonokae (Simonokae) Kō
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 14 m (46 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. A Coast Guard photo is at right, and Google has a distant satellite view. Located on a detached breakwater on the east side of Shimonokae. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-568; JCG-3095.8; Admiralty M5601.3; NGA 10266.
Shimonokai Light
Shimonokae Kō Light, Tosashimizu
Japanese Coast Guard Fifth Region photo
Iburi Kō (Outer Breakwater)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 15 m (49 ft); two green flashes every 6 s. 10 m (33 ft) round concrete tower with a flared top, attached to a small equipment shelter. Entire lighthouse is white. Additional photos (this light is on the left) are available, Google has an indistinct satellite view. Located at the north end of the detached breakwater of Iburi, a fishing port about 15 km (9 mi) north of Cape Ashizuri. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. JCG-3096.8; Admiralty M5601.9; NGA 10270.
* Iburi Kō South Breakwater
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 14 m (46 ft); green flash every 5 s. 9.5 m (31 ft) round concrete tower with a flared top, attached to a small equipment shelter. Entire lighthouse is white. Additional photos (this light is on the right) are available, Google has an indistinct satellite view. Located at the end of the south breakwater of Iburi. Accessible by walking the pier. Site open, tower closed. JCG-3097; Admiralty M5601.8; NGA 10272.
* Kubotsu (Kubotu) Saki
1962. Active; focal plane 51 m (167 ft); white flash every 15 s; also a continuous white spotlight (JCG-3100) illuminates the Yusuga Bae reef offshore. 11 m (36 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with lantern and gallery. Entire lighthouse is white. Lighthouse-Japan.com has a good page for this lighthouse, another page has good photos, the Coast Guard has a good photo and Misty's Tour has an additional photo. Located on a promontory about 5 km (3 mi) east of Tosashimizu and 8 km (5 mi) north of "land's end" at Ashizuri Saki. The lighthouse stands beside the paved coastal highway, as seen in a Google satellite view. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-295; JCG-3099; Admiralty M5601.6; NGA 10276.
** Ashizuri (Asizuri) Saki (Cape Ashizuri)
1914. Active; focal plane 61 m (200 ft); three white flashes every 30 s; in addition, a spotlight (JCG-3102) illuminates the nearby Yusuga reef. 18 m (59 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with lantern, gallery, and four ribs. Entire lighthouse is white. A photo is at right, the Coast Guard has a good photo, Lighthouse-Japan.com has a fine page with many photos, another page has good photos, a 2007 photo is available, Misty's Tour has a good photo, and a Google satellite view is available. Ashizuri Saki, the southernmost point of Shikoku, is a popular tourist destination; parking is provided, and there is a visitor center seen in a Google street view. The lighthouse stands on a very steep, almost knifelike promontory at the southeastern corner of the Ashizuri peninsula, commanding a spectacular view of the Pacific. The site helped the lighthouse make the Famous Fifty list. Parking is provided. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-029(=2485); JCG-3101; Admiralty M5602; NGA 10284.
* Usubae (Uzubae) Saki
1961. Active; focal plane 51 m (167 ft); two white flashes every 10 s; in addition, a spotlight (JCG-3104) illuminates a nearby reef. 9.5 m (31 ft) octagonal hourglass-shaped concrete tower, attached to a small 2-story equipment concrete equipment building. Entire lighthouse is white. Lighthouse-Japan.com has a page with several good photos, another page has closeup photos, Misty's Tour has an additional photo, and Google has an indistinct satellite view. Located atop a spectacular cliff at the southwestern tip of the Ashizuri peninsula, about 7 km (4.5 mi) west of Ashizuri Saki. Accessible by road; parking provided. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-729; JCG-3103; Admiralty M5603; NGA 10288.
* Tosashimizu (Tosa Simizu) Kō
1952. Active; focal plane 46 m (151 ft); flash every 4 s, white or red depending on direction; the red light is shown over shoals to the southwest. There is also a continuous white spotlight (JCG-3105.01) illuminates a nearby reef. 13 m (43 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower, attached to a 1-story concrete equipment building. Lighthouse-Japan.com has a page with several photos, another page has closeup photos, Misty's Tour has another good photo, and Google has an indistinct satellite view. Located on the west side of the entrance to Tosashimizu harbor. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-680; JCG-3105; Admiralty M5604; NGA 10296.
Tosashimizu (Ashizuri, Hira Bae) Kō East Breakwater
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 13 m (43 ft); red light, 2 s on, 2 s off. 9.5 m (31 ft) concrete post with gallery, mounted atop a square 1-story concrete equipment room. Entire lighthouse is red. Another page has photos, and Google has a satellite view. Located at the end of a small breakwater at the entrance to Tosashimizu harbor. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-2488; JCG-3106; Admiralty M5605; NGA 10304.
Ashizuri Saki Light
Ashizuri Saki Light, Tosashimizu, December 2010
Wikimedia Creative Commons photo by reggaeman
* Tosashimizu (Ashizuri) Kō West Breakwater
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 13 m (43 ft); green flash every 5 s. 8.5 m (28 ft) concrete post with gallery, mounted atop a square 1-story concrete equipment room. Entire lighthouse is white. Another page has photos, and Google has an indistinct satellite view. Located at the end of the west breakwater at the entrance to Tosashimizu harbor. Accessible by walking the pier. Site open, tower closed. JCG-3107; Admiralty M5606; NGA 10308.
Yōrō (Ashizuri) Kō West Breakwater
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 16 m (52 ft); green light, 3 s on, 3 off. 11 m (36 ft) round concrete tower with a flared top, attached to a small equipment shelter. Entire lighthouse is white. Another page has photos, and Google has an indistinct satellite view. Located at the end of the west breakwater of Yōrō harbor, on the west side of Ashizuri village. Accessible by walking the piert. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-2486; JCG-3109; Admiralty M5607.3; NGA 10292.
* Kanae (Kano, Kanai) Saki
1911. Active; focal plane 40 m (131 ft); white flash every 5 s. 8 m (26 ft) octagonal cylindrical brick tower, painted white. The Coast Guard's closeup photo is also seen at right, Lighthouse-Japan.com has a good page for the lighthouse, another page has excellent photos, Misty's Tour has three fine photos, S. Morita has a 2009 photo, and Google has a very fuzzy satellite view. Located on a prominent cape about 14 km (8.5 mi) west of Tosashimizu. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-223; JCG-3110; Admiralty M5608; NGA 10312.

Ōtsuki Town Lighthouses
Komame Saki
1972. Active; focal plane 91 m (299 ft); white flash every 4 s. 12 m (39 ft) concrete post with gallery, attached to a small 1-story concrete equipment room. Entire lighthouse is white. Lighthouse-Japan.com has a page with a closeup photo, a 2009 closeup is available, another page has closeup photos, and Google has a very distant satellite view of the cape. This lighthouse is in a particularly rugged area. Located at the tip of a forested peninsula about 6 km (3.5 mi) south of Ōtsuki. Accessible by a fairly demanding hiking trail. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-282; JCG-3112; Admiralty M5608.7; NGA 10320.
Kashiwa (Kasiwa) Shima
1946. Active; focal plane 156 m (512 ft); two white flashes every 10 s. 11 m (36 ft) round hourglass-shaped concrete tower with gallery. Entire lighthouse is white. Lighthouse-Japan.com has a page with a closeup photo, another page has closeup photos, Misty's Tour has a distant view, and Google has a very distant satellite view. Kashiwa Shima is a small island just barely off the southwestern tip of Shikoku, connected to the mainland by a bridge. Located on the highest point of the island, near the western tip. Site status unknown. ARLHS JPN-240; JCG-3115; Admiralty M5609.5; NGA 10336.
* Kashiwa Shima (Kashiwajima) Kō
1956. Active; focal plane 14 m (46 ft); red light, 2 s on, 2 s off. 10 m (33 ft) concrete post with gallery, mounted atop a square 1-story concrete equipment room. Entire lighthouse is red. Additional photos (bottom of the page) are available, and Google has a distant satellite view. Located at the eastern tip of an island protecting Kashiwa Shima harbor. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-241; JCG-3116; Admiralty M5609; NGA 10340.
Kanae Saki Light
Kanae Saki Light
Japanese Coast Guard photo
Eboshi (Ebosi) Saki (Okino Shima North Point)
1986. Active; focal plane 64 m (210 ft); white flash every 3 s. 10 m (33 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower. Entire lighthouse is white. Lighthouse-Japan.com has a page with a closeup photo, and Bing has a distant satellite view. Tosa Okino Shima is an island about 6 km (3.5 mi) long located about 8 km (5 mi) southwest of the southwestern tip of Shikoku. Most of the heavily forested island is a national park, with campgrounds and hiking trails. Ferry transportation to the island is available from Sukumo on the mainland of Shikoku. Located at the northern tip of Tosa Okino Shima. Apparently accessible by a hiking trail (local knowledge probably needed). Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-676; JCG-3114.5; Admiralty M5610.12; NGA 10324.
* Tosa Okino Shima (Kushiga Hana)
1933. Active; focal plane 174 m (571 ft); two white flashes every 30 s. 15 m (49 ft) round concrete tower with lantern and gallery, attached to a large 2-story concrete communications building. Entire lighthouse is white. Lighthouse-Japan.com has a page with good photos, the Coast Guard has a small photo (next to last photo on the page), and Bing has a distant satellite view. This very important lighthouse marks the entrance to the Bungo Strait, a broad sound separating the islands of Shikoku and Kyūshū. The lighthouse is located at Kushiga Hana, the southwestern tip of Okino Shima. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-678; JCG-3113; Admiralty M5610; NGA 10332.
Shira (Sira) Saki
1959. Active; focal plane 56 m (184 ft); white flash every 4 s; in addition, a spotlight (JCG-3118) illuminates the nearby islet of Kojima. 9.5 m (31 ft) octagonal concrete tower. Entire lighthouse is white. Another page for the lighthouse has closeup photos, but trees conceal the lighthouse in Google's distant satellite view. Located at the western tip of a sharp peninsula projecting into Bungo Strait about 7 km (4.5 mi) northwest of Ōtsuki. Site status unknown. ARLHS JPN-575; JCG-3117; Admiralty M5610.2; NGA 10520.

Sukumo City Lighthouses
* Tosa Nagasaki Hana (Sukumo)
1962. Active; focal plane 70 m (230 ft); three white flashes every 13 s; also a spotlight (JCG-3120) illuminates the nearby skerry known as Ko Shima. 9.5 m (31 ft) round concrete tower attached to a small 2-story equipment building; the spotlight is shown through a square window at the top of the equipment building. Entire lighthouse is white. Lighthouse-Japan.com has a page with several photos, another page for the lighthouse has good photos, and Misty's Tour has additional photos, but trees conceal the lighthouse in Google's distant satellite view. Located at the tip of a forested peninsula on the south side of the entrance to the harbor of Sukumo. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-677; JCG-3119; Admiralty M5610.4; NGA 10516.
* Ikeno Shima (Ikeshima)
1954. Active; focal plane 58 m (190 ft); white light, 3 s on, 3 s off. 9 m (30 ft) concrete post, attached to a trapezoidal 1-story concrete equipment room. Entire lighthouse is white. Lighthouse-Japan.com has a page with photos, a 2013 view is available, and Misty's Tour has additional photos, and Google has an indistinct satellite view. Located on a forested peninsula just west of the harbor of Sukumo. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-159; JCG-3123; Admiralty M5610.5; NGA 10512.

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