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Where to Go in Shionomisaki Peninsula

Shionomisaki is the most southern peninsula on Honshu found in the very southern tip of Wakayama Prefecture. Somewhat off the beaten track few visitors make it all the way down the peninsula leaving kilometres on end of rugged coastline and verdant nature to be discovered.

  • Hashigui-iwa rock formation

    Hashigui-iwa rock formation

    Hashigui-iwa rock formation

    While the coastline all around the Shionomisaki Peninsula offers fantastic views, the Hashigui-iwa rocks at the very top of the peninsula are some of the most unique. 850 metres of towering rocks sit along the coast at sea level stretching out in a straight line into the ocean. Legend has it that the Buddhist monk Kobo Daishi was set the gruelling task of single-handedly building a bridge from Kushimoto to the nearby Oshima island. Although he didn’t succeed in completing the bridge, this is said to explain this otherwise incredible natural phenomenon.

  • Camping at Shionomisaki Camping Ground

    Camping at Shionomisaki Camping Ground

    Camping at Shionomisaki Camping Ground

    For those looking to spend as much time in the Japanese outdoors as possible, camping around the Shionomisaki Peninsula ticks all the boxes. Found just minutes from cliffs that overlook the crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean, Shionomisaki Camping Ground is a quiet spot to set up camp among the woodland. Just a two-minute walk from the Shionomisaki Tower you can be the first or last visitors up the tower to catch the sunrise or set over the serene nature that surrounds you.

  • Shionomisaki Lighthouse

    Shionomisaki Lighthouse

    Shionomisaki Lighthouse

    Holding its place at the tip of Shionomisaki Peninsula for 120 years, the Shionomisaki Lighthouse is one of the most recognisable landmarks along the coast. A short trip off the Route 41 that follows the coastline around the peninsula, the lighthouse is an ideal spot for a stroll along the cliffs and right up to the water with paths offering picturesque views from every angle.

  • Momijiya

    Momijiya

    Momijiya

    Nestled among the Shionomisaki nature sits the 100-year-old Momijiya sweet shop which has stayed in the hands of the family since it was established by Shinjiro-san. Despite its rural location this quaint shop has been recognised across the country over the last century for its traditional Japanese sweets which are handmade from natural ingredients free from preservatives and other nasty chemicals. Momijiya specialises in a popular adzuki bean-based sweet known as yokan which since 2001 uses the same recipe that Shinjiro-san used all those years ago after his grandchildren discovered the recipe in an old family memoir.

  • Shionomisaki Shrine

    Shionomisaki Shrine

    Shionomisaki Shrine

    Follow the path from Shionomisaki Lighthouse just a few minutes west and you’ll come to Shionomisaki Shrine. After this peaceful Shinto shrine was moved from its original location it was eventually planted back where it was first built, enveloped in luscious trees that cover the area.

    Hashikuiiwa Rocks
    Address
    Wakayama Prefecture Higashimuro-gun Kushimoto-cho Hashikui
    Phone
    Shionomisaki Campground
    Address
    Wakayama Pref. Higashi-muro County Kushimoto Town Shionomisaki
    Phone
    0735620555
    Shionomisaki Tower
    Address
    Wakayama Pref. Higashimurogunkushimotochou Shionomisaki 2706-26
    Phone
    0735620810
    Shionomisaki Lighthose
    Address
    Wakayama Pref. Higashimurogunkushimotochou Shionomisaki
    Phone
  • Momijiya Honpo
    Address
    Wakayama Pref. Higashimurogunkushimotochou Shionomisaki 470
    Phone
    0735623960
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