Located in northwest Yamaguchi, Omi Island has a circumference of about 40 km.
Earning it the name “Marine Alps”, the island’s shoreline features numerous caves, precipitous cliffs, stone pillars and other peculiar rocks carved by Mother Nature. As such it’s been selected among Japan’s places of scenic beauty as well as a natural monument.
Offering the chance to admire the beautiful shoreline peppered with massive rocks and caverns characteristic of the Sea of Japan, on the north shore of the island there is a nature trail called “Memorial Road”.
The spacious parking area near the center of the island is the starting point of the 1.9km “Memorial Road”. Along with observation decks at several places along the route, at every turn you will find signs explaining plant communities and strangely shaped rocks, etc.
This is a tunnel called “Zou no Hana” (‘Elephant’s trunk’).
This shoreline eroded by the waves of the Sea of Japan is truly a work of art!
Though you can admire “Zou no Hana” from the walking trail, you can also descend to the foot of the cliffs and see it up close!
The beach is called “Naka no Ura”. From here you can see that the “trunk” part of the formation has several caverns, creating this complex form.
This group of massive, peculiarly shaped rocks is called “Hensou Gyoretsu” (‘Masquerade Parade’). Like “Zou no Hana”, they are located on “Naka no Ura” beach.
The beach is also well known for its beautiful sunsets. From spring to summer, you can also admire the evening sun as it sinks between two of the “Hensou Gyoretsu” rocks.
Located a little further on from “Naka no Ura”, this is “Shizu ga Ura” beach.
In the offing you can see a group of strangely shaped boulders called “Jyuroku Rakan” (‘Sixteen Arhats’). The group was given this name because it looks as if 16 Buddhist statues are standing in the ocean.
Though you can’t swim at “Naka no Ura” due to numerous rocks, you can swim at “Shizu ga Ura” beach. There’s a beach near the trail entrance, but if you’re going to swim, you might as well do it while admiring the majestic “stone works of art”!
Named be Prince Takamatsunomiya, the best observation deck along the walking trail is Hekitoudai! It offers great views over all the rock formations just introduced.
This is the morning sun as seen from Hekitoudai!
Omijima Camp Village, established near the trail entrance, offers accommodation in the form of tents or bungalows.
Going for an early morning walk and enjoying the morning sun is a very pleasant experience!
Offering fabulous views of the stone formation groups from the sea, we also recommend the Omijima Cruise ( Dedicated link: https://setouchifinder.com/en/detail/657 )!
Next summer, how about admiring Omi Island’s works of stone art?
Omi Island Nature Trail (Memorial Road)
Location: 2057 Senzaki, Nagato city, Yamaguchi
Parking area: Available (Normal passenger vehicles JPY500)
Omijima Camp Village
Location: 2057 Senzaki, Nagato city, Yamaguchi prefecture
Tel: 0837-26-1357 (*Please check the website below for telephone charges & reservations)
Setouchi Finder Photo-writer: 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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