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BanshoinThis Buddhist temple was built in 1615 by the Soh family, rulers of Tsushima Island during the Edo Period. This is the location of one of the three largest graveyards in Japan.
Watazumi ShrineA mysterious sea shrine with five torii gates which extend in a line from the ocean. Two of the torii are in the sea, changing their appearance with the ebb and flow of the tide, recalling the legendary tales of the Dragon Kingdom. If you rent a kayak at the Shinwa-no-Sato Nature Park, you can sea-kayak toward the shrine.
Tsushima Eco Tours Sea KayakingWith tranquil waters and beautiful scenery, Tsushima’s Aso Bay is the perfect location for sea kayaking. Just a short drive from Tsushima Airport, Tsushima Eco Tours offers half and full day guided sea kayak tours in Japanese.
The sheltered waters of Aso Bay are excellent for beginners, and the tours offer breathtaking views of mountains and beaches. Depending the chosen tour, various stops along the way are possible. One of these is the ancient Okido Shrine, which can only be accessed by sea.
The full day tour includes lunch, as well as swimming and snorkeling off an uninhabited island. Tsushima Eco Tours’ experienced guides will allow you to fully appreciate Tsushima’s history and natural beauty.
Tsushima Wildlife Conservation CentreRemote and beautiful Tsushima, located closer to Korea than it is to Japan, boasts a truly special natural environment. Almost 90% of the island’s surface is covered in forests, and the world’s northernmost coral reef was discovered off its coast in 2012.
Its unique ecological system also means that Tsushima is home to wild animals which can’t be found anywhere else in the world. Perhaps the most famous of these is the Tsushima leopard cat, thought to have arrived from the Asian continent over 100,000 years ago.
These days, the population of the Tsushima leopard cat is sadly declining due to road kills and changes to its natural habitat. In 1994, the Japanese government designated it as a National Endangered species.
The Tsushima Wildlife Conservation Center works to protect not only the Tsushima leopard cat, but all of Tsushima’s rare wildlife. As well as carrying out ecological research and public awareness work to protect the island’s natural environment, the center also holds events, and offers the opportunity to meet a real leopard cat!
Miuda Swimming BeachSelected among the top 100 most beautiful beaches in Japan, the tranquil waters of Miuda Beach will remind you of the beaches of Okinawa or Hawaii. Located in the far north of the island of Tsushima, Miuda Beach is easily accessible by car from the Hitakatsu International and Domestic ferry terminal. In the summer months, Miuda is popular with tourists and locals alike.
A spectacular natural beach, Miuda is surrounded by sweeping mountains and has incredibly clear blue waters and white sands. The chance to experience such unspoiled natural beauty is well worth the trip for any visitor to Tsushima.
Showers and toilets are available on-site, and during the summer months, there are often vendors selling snacks and drinks. The beach is located close to a variety of other facilities, including the ‘Nagisa no Yu’ hot spring. Accommodation is also close at hand, with the Miuda Campground and the Miuda Pension a short walk away.
Mt. Shimizu trailExplore Tsushima’s rich history while enjoying stunning views of the port town Izuhara from the summit of Mt. Shimizu. Start your journey at the Tsushima History & Folk Customs Museum, then follow the signs for Shimizuyama Castle Ruins. During this approximately a 1 hour round trip, you’ll walk past the crumbling walls of Mt. Shimizu Castle, built by Toyotomi Hideyoshi in the 16th century, and enjoy the sweeping views of land, sea, and sky from the top.
For those who want more of a challenge, the 4-5 hour ascent to Mt. Ariake can also be reached from the same starting point.
Level - beginner
More information in the Mountain Madness special available early 2017!