Mt. Taika: Sublime Sunrises, Sunsets & Night Views! (Shunan City, Yamaguchi Prefecture)

Mt. Taika is a mountain located 362 meters above sea level on the Oshima peninsula in Shunan city, Yamaguchi prefecture. It's a popular hiking spot with beautiful scenery both to the east and west. From the top of the mountain to the east there are views of Kasado Bay and Kasado Island, and to the West, views open up towards Tokuyama Bay and Otsushima Island.


A 7-km scenic highway is available to take you quite close to the mountaintop by car.

This is the view to the east from the top of Mt. Taika. Spreading beneath your eyes you can see Kasado Bay and Kasadojima Island.
On the first day of the New Year, the morning sun climbs up right near the root of Kasadojima Island.
As the sun continues to climb higher, the whole of Kasado Bay is dyed in gold by the sublime sunrise!

After climbing stairs for a while from the scenic road's parking area you will reach the top of Mt. Taika. There are two peaks and both have viewing platforms.

The sunrise can be seen from the viewing platform at the peak further along the mountaintop.



On top of the mountain you can also find Oshima Āryācalanātha (statue of a Buddhist deity), which was erected during the Edo period by Tokuyama's daimyo. The deities from Shikumagadake on the west of Tokuyama and from Kinpusen on the north along with this Āryācalanātha on Mt. Taika were believed to protect the Tokuyama domain from three sides.


This is the sunset seen from the top of Mt. Taika on the west side. You can see Tokuyama Bay and Otsushima among other islands floating on the sea. It is a wonderful location well known for its sunsets.



Further on, Mt. Taika is also known for its night view. Couples often visit the location on dates after the sun has set…



Mt. Taika, where not only sunrises but also sunsets and night views are beautiful…

The location is also known as a spot for seeing the first sunrise of the New Year!

Location: 326 Oshima, Shunan City, Yamaguchi Prefecture
URL: http://www.city.shunan.lg.jp/section/kanko/map-annai/taika.html (Japanese)

Setouchi Finder Photo-writer: Hironobu Matsuoka



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Hironobu Matsuoka

Hironobu 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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