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Kanto Tokai Kansai Chugoku Shikoku Kyushu Okinawa Islands SAPPORO TOKYO NAGOYA OSAKA FUKUOKA FURANO KUSHIRO AOMORI SENDAI FUKUSHIMA NIKKO HAKONE SADO TAKAYAMA KANAZAWA ISE KYOTO NARA HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI KAGOSHIMA NAHA
Hokkaido
Hokkaido
  • Hokkaido
Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
Tohoku
Tohoku
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare
Kanto
Kanto
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving
Kyushu
Kyushu
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings

Nature

Matengai Cliff 摩天崖

Impressive and jaw-dropping cliff along a stunning stretch of coastline

Rising 257 meters above the pounding surf below and sculpted through millions of years of erosion, Matengai Cliff is peak viewing along the Kuniga coastline of Nishinoshima, an island in the Oki Islands UNESCO Global Geopark. It is best to set aside an entire day to explore the islands and sights throughout the park.

Quick Facts

Scenic walking paths run along the Kuniga coast

The cliff carpark is a popular sunset viewing point

The track from the clifftop to the shoreline below is a steep 2.5 kilometers

How to Get There

Matengai Cliff is nine kilometers from Beppu Port and three kilometers from Urago Port. Public transport is limited on Nishinoshima, making cycling or car rental the most convenient options.

Car ferries dock at Beppu Port while a smaller inter-island ferry docks at Urago Port. Your hotel or the tourist information offices at either Beppu or Urago ports can help with travel arrangements and advise on organized tours.

Wuthering heights

Matengai Cliff rises 257 meters above the surf below and offers fantastic views of the dramatic coastline. From here, you can see the 220-meter-high Akao Lookout a few kilometers down the coast and the many islands of the Oki Archipelago. This area is made up of grasslands where horses and cows graze peacefully, an unusual sight in Japan.

Nature's art gallery

The coast between Matengai Cliff and Arao Lookout is called Tenjokai, or Heavenly World. It is made up of multi-colored rock spires, sea caves, and a natural arch called Tsutenkyo, or Heaven's Bridge. Many of the rock formations are named for their shape, like Elephant Trunk Rock, Frog Rock, and Kannon Rock. When the sea is calm it is safe to climb down to the small beaches and tide pools in these amazing grottos.

A boat with a view

If you're not up for a hike, take a ride on one of the several tour boats that cruise the coastline. They operate out of both Beppu and Urago ports between April and October and offer an alternative but no less stunning view of the coastline.

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