[ Tourist spots ]

~ Aoishidatami-dori, paved street with blue stone (main street) ~
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 In Edo period (1603-1868), Mihonoseki Port was prospered as a port where a cargo ships called Kitamae-bune were waiting a fair wind. It was said that a thousand of ships entered and left the port a day, then. Shipping agency's offices had a role of the sailor's lodgings as well. The offices stood in a row along Aoishidatami-dori. The houses have a wooden plate written the name of the office under the eaves even now. They convey to us how prospered the street had been.

 As of the street, the paved stones were quarried from the sea. They were paved for convenience of carrying the goods in and out the Kitamae-bune in Edo period. It is also unique that they are turned in the most beautiful blue as being wet with rain. The street changes the appearance in many ways. The shade of the color is changes by the condition of the light in the morning and in the evening. They sometimes appeare to be green.


The street which looks green
with being wet with rain.

~ Mihonoski Lighthous ~ @ 20 min. on foot from Fukuma-kan

 Mihonoseki Lighthouse is in the east end of the Shimane peninsula. It has started operations in 1891, and it is the oldest lighthouse in Sanin region. The building was built of stone and has a distinctive appearance. It was registered as the 100 historical lighthouse in the world. The red-roofed house attached to the lighthouse used to be the lodging for the lighthouse keeper's family. Now the house is used as the restaurant. You can overlook the Oki-islands 50 kilometers far offshore in fair day. You can also enjoy the bright light of the squid-fishing boats in the high season. On the way to the lighthouse from Fukuma-kan, you can take a walk while seeing Mt.Daisen whish is a beautiful dormant stratovolcano in the south. In the early morning, you can see the morning sun through the torii on the east end.

To over look Mt. Daisen
in the south

Mihonoseki Lighthouse

~ Miho Shrine ~ next to Fukuma-kan

 Miho Shrine is over 1,200 years old and is the head shrine of the 3,385 Ebis shrine all over Japan. The current main shrine was built in 1813. It is designated as an important cultural asset because it is the oldest among the shrines which have the unique structure called Miho-zukuri. Enshrined Kotosironishi-no-kami has a plump figure being happy to have a big catch while holding a large sea bream in his left hand and a fishing rod in his right hand. Even now, people in Mihonoseki call him Ebis-sama friendly, worship him as a deity of fishery, shipping, commerce and dance and music. They also take over the seasonal religious services at Miho Shrine continuously.

Aofusigaki-Shiji (ritual) (4/7)

Morotabune-Shinji (12/3)

~ Bukkoku-ji temple ~ 5 min. on foot from Fukuma-kan

 It was originally called Sanmei-in and the inn for the Emperor and former Emperor when they were exiled to the Oki island around 1,100 year's ago. Even now the street from the port to the temple is called Miyuki-dori , the street the Emperor passes by. There remain streets, the name of which remind us the ancient capital. The five statues of Buddha lying in the temple are made of one wood and are designated as national important cultural assets.

The five statues of Buddha

~ Hairai-ya ~ 3 min. on foot from Fukuma-kan

 It is a rest area which is run by elder women here. The name "Hairai-ya" means "Let's come in!" in Izumo dialect. They serve home-made dishes, sweets, coffee, powdered green tea and so on.

~ Mizuki Shigeru road ~ 20 min. by car from Fukuma-kan, / nearby Sakaiminato station

 Over 200 sculptures in bronze of monster characters in "Ge-ge-ge no Kitaro "which is a popular manga cartoon written by Shigeru Mizuki, are lined up on both sides of 100-meter street. You have a glimpse of the sprit of the ancient world while enjoying the cute monsters.

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