Tsunoshima Bridge & Shimado Beach: Swim & Admire!

 

Tsunoshima Bridge stretches from Honshu to the islands over a beautifully glistening emerald green sea.

Opening in November 2000 and instantly becoming a hugely popular sightseeing spot, the bridge has been used as a filming location numerous times.

This time we’d like to introduce two superb unknown beaches from where you can admire Tsunoshima Bridge scenery while swimming!

The first is a sandy beach to the right on the south side of Tsunoshima Bridge (on the left in the photograph).

It’s visible from the Amagase Park observation deck located at the foot of the bridge.

 

This is it! Tsunoshima Island floating in the offing and the bridge right nearby!

Though the way to the beach is a bit difficult (the entrance is located off the road that leads to Hotel Nishi-Nagato Resort), a spacious parking area is available. A narrow road leads down to the beach from the parking area – a couple of minutes walk.

The beach truly offers a great view of Tsunoshima Bridge!

However, there are no facilities such as showers or toilets. For those who prefer being close to such amenities, we recommend another beach on the north side of Tsunoshima Bridge!

 

This is Shimado Beach.

 

There’s a parking area around 500 meters to the north of the bridge.

The beach offers a full range of facilities such as toilets and shower rooms, and you can even barbeque. The parking area is JPY600 for regular passenger cars), but you also need to pay an additional fee (JPY400) to use the beach. However, it’s wide and the water shallow, so the whole family can safely enjoy it.

I’ve come down to water’s edge!

It’s a superb location with a full view of the beautiful cobalt blue sea, Tsunoshima Island and the bridge!

 

Tsunoshima Island is currently one of Yamaguchi prefecture’s most popular sightseeing areas! However, this beach is still little known.

Here you can enjoy a relaxed swim in the ocean while gazing at the incessant flow of cars crossing Tsunoshima Bridge back and forth!

Shimado Beach also has beautiful sunsets!

 

You can see the silhouette of Tsunoshima Bridge as the sun sinks below the horizon painting the sky a warm orange

While in summer the sun sets a little more to the north (right side of the photograph), from autumn through winter, the it sets behind Tsunoshima Bridge. Whatever time of year it is, it’s always a moving sight – a great spot for romantic dates!

There are plenty of popular beaches on Tsunoshima Island, but they do not offer view of the bridge.
Compared to those beaches, these are relatively empty, little known places, but they have great views of the bridge!

Next summer, how about a swim while admiring Tsunoshima Bridge?

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Tsunoshima Bridge (Amagase Park)
Location: 3464-2 Kanda, Hohoku-cho, Shimonoseki city, Yamaguchi prefecture
Parking: Available (Toll-free)
http://www.oidemase.or.jp/tourism-information/spots/11030 (Japanese, some information available on an English site about Tsunoshima, but not on the bridge: http://www.visit-jy.com/english/spot/detail.php?id=34 )

 

Shimado Beach
Location: 3419 Kanda, Hohoku-cho, Shimonoseki city, Yamaguchi prefecture
Open: Early June thru Mid August
Parking: Available (Regular passenger cars JPY600)
Beach fees: JPY400 (includes shower)
http://eco.pref.yamaguchi.jp/beach/beach037.html (Japanese)

Setouchi Finder Photo-writer: Hironobu Matsuoka

 

 

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Masafumi Fujimoto

Masafumi 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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