A beautiful landmark in the center of Tomonoura

Tomonoura Lantern

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Photographer | Takuma Kimura


This eleven meter high stone beacon is a fine example of an Edo era portside lantern that would have performed duties similar to that of a lighthouse. While Edo era lanterns usually reflect the same architectural design seen in temples, shrines and castles throughout Japan, the Tomonoura lantern is substantially different. Both its stone construction and the straight lines seen all through its base are typical of the Western influences that were taking hold even prior to the modernizing period that came later during the Meiji Era.

It is highly recommendable that you see the lantern during the day and at night. A beautiful work of art before sunset, the lantern stays true to its original purpose after dark, illuminating the port as it has done for over a century an half. Known as the Joyato in Japanese, it is just a few minutes away from Tomonoura Fukuzenji Temple.


About the Area

Fukuyama is the second largest city in Hiroshima Prefecture and borders Okayama Prefecture to the west. The city is famous for is annual rose festival and the splendid Fukuyama castle. The castle is the cultural center of the city, as many yearly events and festivals are held there or in the vicinity.

Tomonoura is a port district of the city that has become well-known for its use in both live action and animated features. Most famous for being the inspiration behind the setting of the Studio Ghibli animated film Ponyo, the quaint Edo era structures of the town have a timeless appeal.

There are quite a number of sights to see within Tomonoura, including Fukuzenji Temple, with its stunning view of the Benten Island. You can also visit the elegant Enpuku-ji Temple. Other sights on the mainland include the Joyato Lantern, Ankoku-ji Temple and Nunakuma Shrine.

Just off the Tomonoura coast is the resort island of Sensuijima, which can be reached by ferry in a few minutes. The island has three hotels, a swimming beach, a hiking course and a number of notable scenic spots. There are also several heated seawater baths around the island as well.

Access: Take the Shinkansen From JR Okayama Station to JR Fukuyama Station. Take the bus bound for Tomo Port to the last stop.

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