There are essentially three types of lighthouse in Japan, reflecting different periods of Japanese history. The first could be described as the traditional pre-Meiji era type that was typically made of wood and stone and looked like large lanterns or small castle towers. The second type, which started to appear during the Meiji era in the mid to late 1800s, was dramatically Western in appearance. Modern lighthouses often don’t appear to be lighthouses at all as they tend to serve more than one purpose.
Mihonoseki Lighthouse falls into the second category as it was constructed in 1898 by an engineer contracted from France. With a panoramic view of the Japan Sea, this pristine structure has stood the test of time and continues to serve its intended purpose of keeping the coastline safe for shipping.
Today, however, the lighthouse is a popular sightseeing spot with an attached eatery and gift shop. Before reaching the lighthouse, explore the popular hiking trails of Gohonmatsu Park.There are a few observation platforms and several prime spots for a picnic lunch.
Set aside as much time as you can to visit all of the points of interest on the peninsula, from the shrines that are dedicated to principal gods of Shinto such as Ebisu, to the tiled merchant street where traders roamed during the Edo era.
One of the most interesting things about the area is that it is just minutes away from Sakaiminato City in Tottori Prefecture, which is famous for its connection to Japanese comic culture.
Stay the night at a hot spring in Mihonoseki and just take things easy. Slow down for a moment and enjoy one of Japan’s most ancient power spots.
Access: From JR Matsue Station take the Ichibata Bus from JR Matsue Station to Mihonoseki Bus Terminal. Take the Mihonoseki Community Bus to Mihonoseki Harbor.
About the Area
Matsue is the vibrant capital city of Shimane Prefecture that has been shaped by its feudal heritage as a castle town and its unique location on Lake Shinji, Lake Nakaumi and the Japan Sea. The city center is dominated by the presence of Matsue Castle and its surrounding canals. This area is also a cultural zone as it is home to museums and historic quarters. One of the best ways to appreciate the beauty of the city is from the water and there are several cruise companies that make this possible.
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