Cobalt Line is a road that traverses Mt. Zenbo through to Mt. Omine in Hikari city, Yamaguchi prefecture. As the road runs on high ground along the Seto Inland Sea coast, down below you can glimpse the cobalt blue sea again and again.
You can also see Cape Zobigasaki. True to its name, the cape is shaped like an elephant’s nose (‘zo’= elephant, ‘bi’=one way to read the character for nose). It’s a picturesque sight also known as Suo’s Hashidate (referring to Amanohashidate).
The beautifully curving view of the cape is charming from every angle.
Along the way you can find woods with walking trails and observation decks with parking areas. On the day of our visit we traveled left to right on this guide map, and this was the first viewing point that appeared in front of us!
The Haginodaira observation deck.
You’ll have a 180 degree panoramic view of the Seto Inland Sea all to yourself. I’m sure you’ll be more than satisfied just by the view from here, but leave some room for more! Known as Cobalt Daichi, after this we have one more spot with sublime views to introduce you to.
Following the guide signs, you’ll come to a crossroads like this. You might feel like heading to the right where you can see glimpses of the sea, but climb up and take the road on the left.
This point offers a 270 degree panoramic view! The islands we saw from Haginodaira observation deck are now closer and more vivid.
As we watch boats sailing along between the islands, time just seems to slip by.
The total length of the course is 15km. If you’re only driving through, it’s over in an instant, but along the way you can also find plenty of woods where you can go hiking. If you bring your own lunch and some snacks, you can spend a whole day enjoying the drive and doing some hiking.
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Cobalt Line is a driving & hiking course surrounded by abundant nature, and which with a total length of 15 km connects Mt. Zenbo with Mt. Omine, From Haginodaira observation deck and from Cobalt Daichi you have a view over the Setonaikai National Park. Along the route there are several places where the road is very narrow, so be sure to drive safely!
Starting point & Route: Tonaka -> Shiki no Mori -> Shimin no Mori -> Yacho no Mori -> Cobalt Daichi -> Murozumi
Location: Cobalt Line, Murozumi, Hikari city, Yamaguchi prefecture
Setouchi Finder Photo-writer: Masafumi Fujimoto
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Masafumi Fujimoto Hi there! My name is Masafumi Fujimoto. Until the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011, I was engaged in editing production at an advertising company in Tokyo. However, the earthquake was a turning point in my life and I headed home to Yamaguchi. When I arrived, I was extremely energized and motivated to help revitalize the region, but I had a hard time adjusting to the motivation level of the local people. Around that time I met an elderly lady who said: "It doesn't matter if all the people move away from the island; that's just the nature of things. Someday people will come back again." Lessening the tension I’d been feeling, those few words relieved me hugely, and I was able to finally adjust. Since then, I've been involved in writing and editing magazines, and working in advertisement production, as well as doing a little bit of farming. I also spend time walking around Setouchi searching for the many, many voices out there.
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