Lighthouses of Japan: Uwajima Area (Western Ehime)

Smallest of the Japanese main islands, Shikoku is divided into four prefectures. This page includes lighthouses of western Ehime Prefecture. Most of this coastline faces west on the Bungo Strait (Bungo-Suidō), which runs north and south separating the main islands of Shikoku and Kyūshū. The coastline on the Shikoku side of the strait is quite rugged and complex, and the lighthouses are in areas very difficult to reach.

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. The offices at Uwajima and Matsuyama manage the lights in western Ehime.

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 - Ehime
A comprehensive site, although almost entirely in Japanese.
Lighthouse of Japan - Ehime
Another comprehensive site, in Japanese, with many photos.
Form of a Lighthouse - Ehime
Another site with many photos of Japanese lighthouses.
Kiso's Lighthouses
This site has many excellent photos of Japanese lighthouses.
Misty's Japanese Lighthouse Tour - Ehime
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.
Ehime Lighthouses
Photos and travel directions for accessible lighthouses.
Lighthouses (Ehime Prefecture)
Another photo collection.
Lighthouse Photo Gallery
Photos from the web site of the Sixth Coast Guard Region.
Meiji Lighthouses of the Sixth Region
Also posted by the Sixth Coast Guard Region, information and photos concerning lighthouses built in the Meiji period (1868-1912).
The Japanese Lighthouse - Ehime
A collection of photos of lighthouses.
Lighthouses in Ehime Prefecture
Photos available from Wikimedia.

Uwajime West Breakwater Light
West Breakwater Light, Uwajima
Japanese Coast Guard Uwajima Office photo

Ainan Town Lighthouses
* Ninobae Hana (Iyo Fukaura Kō)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 9.5 m (31 ft); white light occulting twice every 6 s. 7.5 m (25 ft) round concrete tower with a flared top, attached to a 1-story concrete equipment shelter. Entire lighthouse is white. A closeup is available, and Bing has a distant satellite view. Located at the tip of a promontory on the south side of the entrance to Fukaura harbor. Site open, tower closed. JCG-3124; Admiralty M5611.2; NGA 10508.
* Tengi Hana (2)
1953 (station established 1949). Active; focal plane 73 m (240 ft); white light, 6 s on, 2 s off; in addition a spotlight (JCG-3126) illuminates a beacon on a reef about 800 m (1/2 mi) southeast. 7.5 m (25 ft) square cylindrical concrete tower with gallery; the spotlight is shown through a square window. Entire lighthouse is white. A Coast Guard photo is at right, Kato has a page for the lighthouse, Misty's Tour also has photos, and Google has a satellite view. The station was established with a temporary post. Located on a promontory in Ainan about 20 km (13 mi) west of Sukomo. Accessible by hiking a narrow service road. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-639; JCG-3125; Admiralty M5611; NGA 10504.
Kōmo Saki
1950. Active; focal plane 142 m (466 ft); white flash every 7 s. 6 m (20 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with gallery, attached to a small 1-story concrete equipment building. Entire lighthouse is white. A photo is available, Misty's Tour has several photos, and Bing has a distant satellite view. Kōmo Saki lies at the end of the intricately dissected Iyo peninsula, really an island connected tenuously to the mainland by two narrow isthmuses. Located at the southwestern tip of the peninsula; accessible by a hiking trail at the end of a very crooked road. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-272; JCG-3129; Admiralty M5612; NGA 10492.
Iyo Ka Shima
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 36 m (118 ft); white flash every 4 s. 11 m (36 ft) round white concrete tower with a flared top. A distant view is available, there's another distant view (fourth photo on the page), and Bing has a distant satellite view. Located on an island off the northwestern tip of the Iyo peninsula. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. ARLHS JPN-193; JCG-5601; Admiralty M5612.1; NGA 10488.
Tengi Hana Light
Open house at Tengi Hana Light, Ainan, 2010
Japanese Coast Guard Uwajima Office photo
Mabune
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 13 m (43 ft); white light, 3 s on, 3 s off. 10 m (33 ft) round white concrete tower. A photo and a second photo (3/4 the way down the page) are available, and Bing has a satellite view. Located at the tip of a very sharp promontory on the north side of the Iyo Peninsula. Site open (but probably not easy to reach), tower closed. JCG-5602; Admiralty M5612.14; NGA 10484.
Kogai Bae
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 13 m (43 ft); two white flashes every 8 s. 11 m (36 ft) round cylindrical white concrete tower. A distant view is available (3/4 the way down the page), and Google has a satellite view. Located on an islet barely separated from the tip of a promontory about 3 km (2 mi) south of Kashiwa. Accessible only by boat. JCG-5603; Admiralty M5612.2; NGA 10480.
Shiogo (Sioko) Shima (Kuro Bae)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 19 m (62 ft); white flash every 3 s. 17 m (56 ft) round cylindrical white concrete tower. A photo and a distant view are available, and Bing has a satellite view. Located on a skerry about 4 km (2.5 mi) east of Kashiwa. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-2513; JCG-5604; Admiralty M5612.3; NGA 10476.
Yurano Hana (Yura Misaki)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 93 m (305 ft); white flash every 5 s. 9 m (30 ft) square cylindrical concrete tower. Entire lighthouse is white. A photo is available (seventh photo on the page), and Bing has a distant satellite view. Located at the tip of another long and intricate peninsula projecting into the Bungo Strait about 30 km (19 mi) south of Uwajima. Accessible by a lengthy hiking trail. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-2431; JCG-5606; Admiralty M5613; NGA 10468.

Uwajima City Lighthouses
* Suge (Suga) Saki
1950. Active; focal plane unknown; two white flashes every 8 s. 13 m (43 ft) concrete post rising from a small 1-story concrete equipment building. Entire lighthouse is white. Another photo is available, and Google has a satellite view. NGA lists the focal plane as 11 m (36 ft), clearly an error. Suge Saki is on the north side of the same long and intricate peninsula as the Yurano Hana Light (previous entry). Accessible by road, although the webmaster of Misty's Tour needed local information to find it. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-597; JCG-5607; Admiralty M5614; NGA 10456.
Iyo Takega Shima
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 33 m (108 ft); four white flashes every 16 s. 8 m (26 ft) round white concrete tower. No photo available, but Google has a distant satellite view. ARLHS misspells the name as "Talega." Located at the western tip of Takega Shima, an island about 4 km (2.5 mi) north of Suge Saki. Site status unknown. ARLHS JPN-194; JCG-5610; Admiralty M5614.1; NGA 10452.
Shono Shima
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 10 m (33 ft); white flash every 4 s. 8 m (26 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower. Entire lighthouse is white. A photo is available (about 5/6 of the way down the page, #5611), and Google has a satellite view. Located on an islet off the tip of a promontory about 10 km (6 mi) west of Tsushimacho. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. ARLHS JPN-2419; JCG-5611; Admiralty M5614.2; NGA 10444.
Iwamatsu Kō (Usashi Breakwater)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 11 m (36 ft); green light, 3 s on, 3 s off. 8.5 m concrete post attached to a square 1-story concrete equioment room. Entire lighthouse is white. No photo available, but Google has a distant street view across the harbor and a satellite view. Located at the end of the outer breakwater at Iwamatsu, a small port on a deep inlet about 16 km (10 mi) south of Uwajima. Site status unknown. JCG-5612; Admiralty M5614.3; NGA 10448.
Noto Saki (Aka Bae)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 16 m (52 ft); three white flashes every 13. 9 m (30 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower rising from a small 1-story concrete equipment building. Lighthouse painted with red and white horizontal bands. A Coast Guard photo is at right, additional photos and another photo are available (about 5/6 of the way down the page, #5613), and Google has a fuzzy satellite view. Located on a skerry just off the coast about 15 km (9 mi) southwest of Uwajima. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. ARLHS JPN-2409; JCG-5613; Admiralty M5614.34; NGA 10440.
Otoshi Hana (Otoshibana)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 9.5 m (31 ft); one short and one long green flash every 8 s. 9.5 m (31 ft) round concrete tower with gallery, mounted on a round concrete pier. Entire lighthouse is green. A photo is available (about 5/6 of the way down the page, #5614), and Google has a satellite view. Located just off a promontory about 1.2 km (3/4 mi) east of Komobuchi. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. JCG-5614; Admiralty M5614.4; NGA 10420.
Noto Saki
Noto Saki Light, Uwajima
Japanese Coast Guard Sixth Region photo
Hiburi Shima
1958. Active; focal plane 125 m (410 ft); two white flashes every 20 s. 10 m (33 ft) square cylindrical concrete tower with lantern and gallery, rising from a 1-story concrete keeper's house or equipment building. Entire lighthouse is white. A photo and another photo (about 5/6 of the way down the page, #5615) are available, and Google has a distant satellite view. Hiburi Shima is an inhabited island in Bungo Strait about 27 km (17 mi) west southwest of Uwajima. The island lies close to the main shipping channel of the strait, making this an important light station. Located at the western tip of the island. Accessible only by boat, but ferry service is available. Site status unknown. ARLHS JPN-110; JCG-5615; Admiralty M5614.5; NGA 10436.
Uwa Ka Shima
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 129 m (423 ft); white light, 3 s on, 3 s off. 10 m (33 ft) square cylindrical white concrete tower. No closeup photo available, but Google has a satellite view. This lighthouse marks the beginning of the approach to the harbor of Uwajima, the principal port on Shikoku's southwestern coast. Located atop a small but high island about 18 km (11 mi) west of Uwajima. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. ARLHS JPN-734; JCG-5616; Admiralty M5615.6; NGA 10424.
Oko Shima
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 61 m (200 ft); white flash every 3 s. 8.5 m (28 ft) round white concrete tower. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. Located at the eastern point of the island, about 13 km (8 mi) west of Uwajima. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. JCG-5618; Admiralty M5615; NGA 10428.
Bozu Bae
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 10 m (33 ft); one longshort and one long green flash every 8 s. 8 m (26 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower, painted black. A photo is available, and Google has a distant satellite view. Located off the southwest tip of Takashima, an island about 8 km (5 mi) west southwest of Uwajima. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. JCG-5623; Admiralty M5616.4; NGA 10360.
* Uwajima Kō West Breakwater
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 10 m (33 ft); red flash every 5 s. 8.5 m (28 ft) concrete post attached to a 1-story concrete equipment room. Entire lighthouse is red. A Coast Guard photo is at right, and Google has a street view and a satellite view. Located at the end of a breakwater protecting Uwajima harbor. Accessible by walking the pier. Site open, tower closed. JCG-5626.5; Admiralty M5619.2; NGA 10348.
Hikide Hana
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 15 m (49 ft); white light occulting once every 4 s. 13 m (43 ft) round white concrete tower with double gallery. Kiso has a good photo, and Google has a satellite view. Located on a promontory on the north side of the entrance to Uwajima harbor. Probably accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-2370; JCG-5627; Admiralty M5619.4; NGA 10412.
Ora Saki (Orasaki)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 30 m (98 ft); white light, 3 s on, 3 s off. 11 m (36 ft) round white concrete tower. No closeup photo available, but Google has a satellite view. Located on the tip of a long peninsula at the northern entrance to the bay of Uwajima, about 10 km (6 mi) west northwest of the city. Site status unknown. JCG-5630; Admiralty M5620; NGA 10408.

Seiyo City Lighthouses
* Osaki Hana
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 107 m (351 ft); white flash every 5 s; also a spotlight (JCG-5634) illuminating a nearby reef. 8.5 m (28 ft) square cylindrical white concrete tower. A closeup photo is available, and Bing has a very distant satellite view. Located on the tip of a rugged peninsula at the western end of Seiyo city. Accessible by road. Site open, tower closed. JCG-5633; Admiralty M5622; NGA 10400.
Takashima (Okuti Wan) South Breakwater
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 12 m (39 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 sunset photo is available, Google has a distant street view, and Bing has a distant satellite view. Located on a long breakwater extending from Takashima, an island off the northside of Osaki Hana. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. JCG-5636; Admiralty M5622.5; NGA 10396.
Takashima (Okuti Wan)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 38 m (125 ft); three white flashes every 14 s. 8.5 m (28 ft) round white concrete tower. No photo available, but Bing has a distant satellite view. Located at the western tip of Takashima. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. ARLHS JPN-2414; JCG-5637; Admiralty M5622.4; NGA 10392.

Yawatahama City Lighthouses
Note: Yawatahama is the terminal for ferries crossing Bungo Strait to Usuki and Beppu, Kyūshū. The city is at the head of a fjord-like inlet at the northeastern corner of Bungo Strait.
Ko Shima (Kojima)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 12 m (39 ft); white flash every 5 s. 11 m (36 ft) round white concrete tower with gallery. A Coast Guard photo is at right, and Bing has a satellite view. Located on an islet about 15 km (9 mi) southwest of Yawatahama. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-2392; JCG-5638; Admiralty M5622.7; NGA 10388.
Sa Shima
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 58 m (190 ft); white flash every 3 s. 9 m (30 ft) round concrete tower rising from a 1-story concrete equipment building. Entire lighthouse is white. Kiso has a photo, and Bing has a distant satellite view. Located on an island about 8 km (5 mi) west southwest of Yawatahama. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-2415; JCG-5641; Admiralty M5623; NGA 10372.
Zeku Iwa
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 13 m (43 ft); two red flashes, one short and one long, every 8 s. 10 m (33 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower. Entire lighthouse is red. A distant view and a second view are available, and Bing has a distant satellite view. Located on a skerry at the tip of the promontory on the south side of the approach to Yawatahama. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. JCG-5640; Admiralty M5623.4; NGA 10376.
* Yawatahama Kō
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 11 m (36 ft); green light occulting once every 4 s. 8.5 m (28 ft) concrete post rising from a square 1-story concrete equipment shelter. Entire lighthouse is white. A photo is available, the light is at the left edge of a view of the harbor, and Google has a street view and a fuzzy satellite view. Located at the end of a breakwater on the north side of the entrance to Yawatahama harbor. Accessible by walking the pier. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS JPN-2429; JCG-5639.6; Admiralty M5623.5; NGA 10378.
Ko Shima Light
Ko Shima Light, Yawatahama
Japanese Coast Guard Uwajima Office photo

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Adjoining pages: North: Northern Ehime | South: Kōchi | West: Southern Ōita

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Posted May 28, 2007. Checked and revised February 14, 2014. Lighthouses: 28. Site copyright 2014 Russ Rowlett and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.