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.

Facility Name
Hashikuiiwa Rocks
Address
Wakayama Prefecture Higashimuro-gun Kushimoto-cho Hashikui
Parking Lot
Available
Introduction
The Hashikuiiwa Rocks are about 40 rocks of various sizes in a row towering over the seashore from Kushimoto heading towards Oshima. The name comes from the fact that the row of rocks stretching for about 850 meters looks as though bridge piles have been left on the shore. At low tide visitors can walk to Bentenjima Islet which is nearly in the middle of the row. In addition to this sightseeing spot being selected as one of Japan’s 100 best places to watch the sunrise, as it is popular to watch the sun rise over the Hashikuiiwa Rocks, it has also been designated as a National Place of Scenic Beauty and a Natural Monument.
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN
Facility Name
Shionomisaki Tower
Address
Wakayama Pref. Higashimurogunkushimotochou Shionomisaki 2706-26
Phone
0735620810
Hours
8:30-16:30
[Dec.-Feb.]8:30-16:00
Closed
open everyday
Fees
General 300 yen, elementary and middle school 100 yen
Parking Lot
Available(100spaces)
Credit Card
Not available
Introduction
Cape Shiono is at the southernmost point of Honshu, the main island of Japan. This observation deck adjoins the sprawling grass field that unfurls at its tip, offering a sweeping view of the vast expanse of sea. The stunning view of the horizon showcases the Earth’s curvature brilliantly. You can receive a certificate as proof of your visit, too.
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN
Facility Name
Shionomisaki Lighthose
Address
Wakayama Pref. Higashimurogunkushimotochou Shionomisaki
Hours
[Oct.-Apr.]9:00-16:00
[May-Sep.]9:00-16:30
Closed
open everyday
Fees
[Admission fee] Adults (Junior High School Students and above) 200yen, Elementary school age students and underFree
Parking Lot
Available
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN
Facility Name
Momijiya Honpo
Address
Wakayama Pref. Higashimurogunkushimotochou Shionomisaki 470
Phone
0735623960
Hours
9:00-18:00
Closed
open everyday
Parking Lot
Available 20spaces
Credit Card
Not available
Smoking
Available
Wi-Fi
Not available
Vegetarian Menu
Not available
English Menu
Not available
Introduction
This yokan (sweet bean jelly) specialty shop is in Kushimoto Town, Higashimuro County, Wakayama Prefecture. It opened in 1900 and operated over four generations before closing down once. The current owner used recipes he found in his grandfather’s Buddhist altar to recreate the original taste. The shop’s flagship product is the “hon-neri yokan,” of which only 200 can be produced daily. Each one is carefully made using Hokkaido azuki beans and agar from Osaka. The shop was recently awarded first place at the Monde Selection competition. The surface is crispy and has a unique dry texture.
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN

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    Shionomisaki Campground

    Camp/Auto camping
    Wakayama Pref. Higashi-muro County Kushimoto Town Shionomisaki
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    Hashikuiiwa Rocks

    Rock (Hoodoo)
    Wakayama Prefecture Higashimuro-gun Kushimoto-cho Hashikui
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    Momijiya Honpo

    Japanese Confectionary
    Wakayama Pref. Higashimurogunkushimotochou Shionomisaki 470
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    Shionomisaki Tower

    Observation tower/Tower
    Wakayama Pref. Higashimurogunkushimotochou Shionomisaki 2706-26
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    Shionomisaki Lighthose

    Lighthouse
    Wakayama Pref. Higashimurogunkushimotochou Shionomisaki
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