Kushimoto lies at the southernmost tip of Honshu. The Black Current keeps the area’s water warm, and the waters of Kushimoto Marine Park are home to the world’s northernmost table-type coral colony, which is inhabited by tropical fish. In addition to a half-submersible underwater sightseeing ship and undersea tower, the park includes an aquarium where guests can observe Kushimoto’s marine life.
After viewing the area’s beautiful ocean, you’ll cross Kushimoto-ohashi Bridge onto Kii-Oshima Island. On the way, you’ll stop for a break at Nagi Bread & Cafe and then visit the Turkish Museum at Kashino-zaki on the eastern tip of the island , where you’ll learn about the sinking of an Ottoman Navy frigate during the Meiji period when it struck a reef below Kashino-zaki Lighthouse and the history of friendship between Turkey and the town of Kushimoto and Japan, which was deepened as a result of the town’s response to the disaster.
Nagi Bakery & Cafe (left photo)
Turkish Museum (right photo)
After also visiting Kashino-zaki Lighthouse, you’ll head back toward Cape Shiono-misaki, the true southernmost tip of Honshu that sticks out into the Pacific Ocean to the south of Kushimoto. If you head down a small path to the left of the entrance to Shiono-misaki-jinja Shrine, which is located just beyond the white Shiono-misaki Lighthouse, you’ll find Cape Shiono-misaki Lookout, which is a registered Japan Heritage site. As you would expect of a place that was used to spot whales, the site offers a superb view. It’s said that if you look toward the horizon, you can see Shikoku on a clear day.
Kashino-zaki Lighthouse (left photo)
Cape Shionomisaki Lookout (right photo)
Finally, you’ll head back to Kushimoto Station. The shop Kashi Shiozaki is the perfect place to buy a souvenir.