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Regions of Japan

Hokkaido Tohoku Hokuriku
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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

Tojinbo 東尋坊

A rare geological formation shaped by the Sea of Japan's raging waves

The rugged cliff formation known as Tojinbo spans a kilometer of northern Fukui's coastline. Eroded by the raging waves of the Sea of Japan, these giant basaltic pentagonal and hexagonal columns of rock are a rare geological phenomenon found in only two other places in the world. Tojinbo is officially designated a natural monument.

Don't Miss

  • Oshima — a scenic island you can reach from Tojinbo
  • The Ariso Promenade, a walking track that stretches from Komegawaki to Oshima via Tojinbo
  • Nami no hana — flowers of seafoam formed by the waves during winter

How to Get There

Tojinbo is accessible by bus from Mikuni Station. Take the Keifuku bus bound for Tojinbo (10 minutes), which will drop you off just outside the shopping district. You'll find Tojinbo at the very end of that street.

Other areas of the Echizen-Kaigan Coast are best accessed by car.

Sunset at Tojinbo

The legend of an unlikeable priest

The name Tojinbo is derived from the legend of a corrupt Buddhist priest from Heisen-ji temple. He was so disliked by the locals that they dragged him from his temple to the cliffs and threw him over the edge. His ghost apparently caused a lot of stormy weather until a memorial was held to soothe his spirit.

Legends aside, Tojinbo is truly a sight to behold. One particularly dynamic site is the lagoon at the bottom of the 25-meter-tall cliff known as Oike. You can get a great view of the lagoon not only from the top of the cliffs, but also from atop nearby Tojinbo Tower or from a boat tour that leaves from the base of the cliffs.

Crossing the vermilion bridge

The biggest island on the Echizen coast, Oshima, has been worshipped by the local people since ancient times. Cross the vermilion bridge to the island to visit the Ouminato Shrine. There's a promenade stretching about one kilometer around the island with huge trees and offering a fine view of Tojinbo.

Oshima

Part of a larger scenic coastline

Tojinbo is the endpoint of the Echizen-Kaigan Coast, which stretches all the way from Tsuruga in the south of Fukui. The 100-kilometer-long shoreline, famous for its stunning views of the Sea of Japan, is a part of the Echizen-Kaga Quasi National Park.

The Echizen-Kaigan Coast is the perfect spot for a drive

Another area of the Echizen-Kaigan Coast that is particularly well-known is Cape Echizen. This area includes the Torikuso-iwa and Kochomon, the largest cave along the coast. Additionally, you can find the Echizen-misaki Lighthouse, which sits atop a 132-meter-tall cliff. On a clear day, you can see as far as Tojinbo and the Tsuruga Peninsula.