In addition to Ohama Beach and Ebisu Cave (previously introduced), there is another superb sightseeing spot by the sea in Minami (previously called Hiwasa) in the southern part of Tokushima prefecture.
The Senba Cliffs are part of a shoreline consisting of precipitous cliffs that continue to the southwest starting from Hiwasa port. Rising steeply from the ocean like a folding screen spread open, the 250-meter-high cliffs cover a distance of around 2 kilometers. Helpfully, there is a well-constructed walkway (Shikoku no michi, the Road of Shikoku) along the ridge.
This time we will introduce that walking route.
First, looking up from Hiwasa port, you can see Hiwasa castle. Actually, Hiwasa castle will be our starting point.
There is a road that leads all the way to the castle, and a spacious parking area just in front of the castle tower. The location is a truly convenient place even for a walk to the Senba Cliffs.
We start walking along the route towards Senba Cliffs from Hiwasa castle. It is a road with moderate ups and downs, but every now and then in opens up. You can enjoy a relaxing walk in the forest while also appreciating the ocean views
The special characteristic of this route is that the views become more and more magnificent the further you advance.
The vertical cliffs, and the great ocean seem to continue on forever.
You can also spot fishing boats passing back and forth frequently.
As well as Ishima Island floating in the offing, far off in distance you can see the peninsula reaching the most easterly tip of Shikoku, the Gamouda Cape. Most of the ocean that can be seen from the Senba Cliffs forms part of the Pacific Ocean, but you can also get a glimpse of the point where the Seto Inland Sea starts.
As the forest path is also great for bird watching, bringing small binoculars doubles the fun of the walk – you can also enjoy the distant views.
After around an hour’s walk from the starting point, you will reach an observation deck with a magnificent view.
Beneath you, you can see the massive, strangely shaped rock formation called ‘tooriiwa’ (‘passing rock’) that is hollow in the middle.
Comparing it with the fishing boats that pass by shows just how big the formation is!
In the background you will see Oshima and other islands, and on your right you will see the steep vertical stonewalls of the Senba Cliffs.
This is the walking route for enjoying the magnificent Senba Cliffs, but for those who would prefer not to walk long distances, I would recommend appreciating the views from the road.
On the West side of the Senba Cliffs, there is a (free) sightseeing road called the Minami Awa Sun Line. From the viewing decks set in 4 different locations along the way, starting from the Senba Cliffs you can also enjoy views of the deeply indented coastline and the islands floating in the ocean.
This is a photo of the view taken in the evening from the parking area along the Minami Awa Sun Line. Comparing it with the view from the ridge walkway, there is almost no difference in the position of the islands.
The Senba Cliffs, the best place in Shikoku to enjoy the beauty of the shoreline.
Along with its well-maintained walkways and roads, it is also a spot where you can have a fulfilling walk in the forest.
Address: Hiwasaura 445-1, Minami-cho, Kaifu-gun, Tokushima Prefecture
Minami Awa Sun Line : http://www.skr.mlit.go.jp/road/shikoku-fukeiall/s_fukei/12/
Setouchi Finder Photo-writer: Matsuoka
Hironobu Matsuoka / Photo-writer Born in 1974 in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture, and currently living there, Hironobu is the president of Mediapolis Inc. "I travel around the country in Solar King, an eco-camping car that has a solar power generator, and film the beautiful scenery of Japan in high-definition. I want to move around the country as much as possible and leave behind videos of precious Japanese nature and scenery for future generations to enjoy. Although I travel all over the country, I love my home area of Setouchi." 'Healing Japan TV' - Traveling virtually around the country through 'healing videos'.
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