Senzaki in Nagato city, Yamaguchi prefecture is known as the birthplace of Misuzu Kaneko, the children’s poet. [Dedicated article https://setouchifinder.com/en/detail/514].
After taking a stroll along Misuzu-dori Street, we recommend visiting Omi Island, which can be seen from the seashore.
At first sight, it might seem just like any ordinary island, but its shoreline, which has been eroded by the waves of the Sea of Japan, is full of dents!
And these dents are not just any dents.
They are dents that have been collectively designated as ”indispensible to the countryside beauty of Japan”. The “Marine Alps”, as they’re also known, are made up of caves, precipitous cliffs, strange rocks and other formations that continue on for around 16kms! They could also be called “Nature’s Art Museum. Leaving Senzaki without visiting the island is just like going home hungry after hearing a chef describe a delicious-dish.
Illustrating the dedication of the locals, colorful sightseeing boats depart Senzaki port regularly.
In principle, all the sightseeing boats are “one-round-course” boats that go around the island, but depending on weather and wave conditions, the course may be shorter.
As the day’s courses are displayed at the wharf, be sure to check them out.
On the day I visited, I was able to do a full “one round course”.
I paid the fare, and finally we departed!
As we leave the port and go beyond the breakwater, the waves grow somewhat larger. Sometimes the sea spray hits us, but that’s part of the fun! As we get closer to Omi Island, the rough beauty of the island’s shoreline captivates us. I even spot some seabirds resting their wings on some large reefs.
When the waves aren’t so big, the boats enter the caves…
Seen from up close, the rock surface is surprisingly colorful!
We also had an encounter with some marine life! Two dolphins followed the sightseeing boat playfully.
“You guys are lucky!” the captain says, and stops the boat for a while so we can observe the dolphins.
The cruise lasts around 90-minutes, but it felt like it was over in an instant!
As well as the thrill of entering small crevices in the cliffs, depending on the place the rolling of the boat sometimes resembles a rollercoaster.
Above all, you won’t grow tired of the island’s scenic beauty, as it continually shows you different faces.
Do come and experience for yourself this fabulous marine attraction created by the greatness of nature.
Oidemase! Come to Yamaguchi!
Omijima Kankou Kisen (‘Omi Island Sightseeing Boats’)
Address: 4297-2 Senzaki fishing port, Nagato city, Yamaguchi prefecture
Fares (one-round-course): Adults JPY2200, Elementary school students JPY1100
Closed: Open all year round (tours may be cancelled due to weather conditions)
HP: http://www.omijimakankoukisen.jp/ (Japanese)
Setouchi Finder Photo-writer: Masashi Fujimoto
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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