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The Border Islands Iki, Tsushima, and Goto
- The Ancient Bridge to the Continent –

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STORY

Nagasaki’s islands, situated between the mainlands of Japan and Asia, have been an important hub for marine transportation and cultural exchange since ancient times.
Ties with the Korean Peninsula were particularly strong.
Iki Island capitalized on the power of its marine trade and built a kingdom and capital city during the Yayoi Era.
Similarly, Tsushima Island gained a monopoly on trade and diplomatic affairs with Korea, and prospered as a hub for commercial activity and as an arrival point for official envoys.
Although the area’s trading advantage has weakened over time, traces of past prosperity are still visible in the local homes, castle remains, and gardens.
Vestiges of cultural interchange are evident in the islands’ culinary specialties such as shochu (a distilled spirit) and noodles.
Throughout history, these islands have experienced considerable exchange with mainland Asia through repeated periods of conflict and interaction.
Visitors to Iki and Tsushima Islands can readily feel the strong bond between countries and peoples that is unique to this region.

CULTURAL PROPERTIES

CULTURAL PROPERTIES

  • TITLE

    DESIGNATION

    LOCATION
  • Kaneda Castle Ruins

    Special Historic Sites

  • Tsushima’s Kiboku (Tortoise Shell Divination)Tradition

    Selected Intangible Folk Cultural Properties

  • Tsutsu Red Rice Festival

    Selected Intangible Folk Cultural Properties

  • Cemetery for the Heads of the Tsushima Domain’s So Clan

    Historic Sites

  • The Three Implements for Worship of Banshoin Temple

    Tsushima City Tangible Cultural Properties

  • Bronze Seated Nyorai (Kurose Kannondo Temple)

    Important Cultural Properties

  • Shimizuyama Castle Ruins

    Historic Sites

  • Kaneishi Castle Ruins

    Historic Sites

  • Kaneishi Castle Garden

    Places of Scenic Beauty

  • Scroll of the Joseon National Mission

    Important Cultural Properties

  • Tsushima Domain Ofunae Remains

    Nagasaki Prefecture Historic Sites

  • Sasuna Port(Remains of the Sasuna Hinata Guard Station)

    Undesignated Cultural Properties

  • Waniura(Ports of call of the Joseon missions,Natural habitat of Chionanthus retusus)

    Undesignated Cultural Properties

  • Harunotsuji Archeological Site

    Special Historic Sites

  • Artifacts excavated from Harunotsuji Archeological Site in Nagasaki Prefecture

    Important Cultural Properties

  • Artifacts excavated from Sasazuka Tumulus Artifacts in Nagasaki Prefecture

    Important Cultural Properties

  • Artifacts excavated from Soroku Tumulus in Nagasaki Prefecture

    Important Cultural Properties

  • Iki Tumulus(Soroku Tumulus)

    Historic Sites

  • Iki Tumulus(Sasazuka Tumulus)

    Historic Sites

  • Iki Tumulus(Hyouze Tumulus)

    Historic Sites

  • Iki Tumulus(Kakegi Tumulus)

    Historic Sites

  • Iki Tumulus(Oninoiwaya Tumulus)

    Historic Sites

  • Iki Tumulus(Tsushimazuka Tumulus)

    Historic Sites

  • Katsumoto Castle Ruins

    Historic Sites

  • Uchime Bay

    Undesignated Cultural Properties

  • Takenotsuji

    Undesignated Cultural Properties

  • Karakami Archeological Site

    Iki City Historic Sites

  • Namaike Castle Ruins

    Iki City Historic Sites

  • Mimiraku-no-shima

    Places of Scenic Beauty

  • Myojoin Temple Main Hall

    Nagasaki Prefecture Tangible Cultural Properties

  • Tomozuna Stone

    Goto City Historic Sites

  • Hinoshima Pagodas

    Nagasaki Prefecture Historic Sites

  • Historical Sites of the Japanese Missions to Tang China(Hime Shrine Ruins)

    Undesignated Cultural Properties

  • Historical Sites of the Japanese Missions to Tang China(Tomojiri Stone)

    Undesignated Cultural Properties

  • Historical Sites of the Japanese Missions to Tang China(Hime Shrine)

    Undesignated Cultural Properties

  • Historical Sites of the Japanese Missions to Tang China(Kinpoze)

    Undesignated Cultural Properties

  • Historical Sites of the Japanese Missions to Tang China(Mikanoura)

    Undesignated Cultural Properties

  • Historical Sites of the Japanese Missions to Tang China(Mifune-sama)

    Shin-Kamigoto Town Cultural Properties

  • Sites related to the priest Saicho and the Sannno Sect(Mt.Sanno)

    Undesignated Cultural Properties

  • Sites related to the priest Saicho and the Sannno Sect(Aokata Shrine)

    Undesignated Cultural Properties

ACCESS

Iki
  • Train
    • JR Shin-Osaka Sta.(Shinkansen)~JR Hakata Sta.(Bus)~Hakata Port(Ship)~Gonoura Port or Ashibe Port
  • Airplane
    • Haneda Airport or Nagoya Airport~Fukuoka Airport(Subway)~JR Hakata Sta.(Bus)~Hakata Port(Ship)~Gonoura Port or Ashibe Port
    • Haneda Airport or Nagoya Airport~Nagasaki Airport~Iki Airport
    • Osaka Airport or Kansai Airport~Nagasaki Airport~Iki Airport
Tsushima
  • Train
    • JR Shin-Osaka Sta.(Shinkansen)~JR Hakata Sta.(Bus)~Hakata Port(Ship)~Izuhara Port or Hitakatsu Port
  • Airplane
    • Haneda Airport or Nagoya Airport~Fukuoka Airport(Subway)~JR Hakata Sta.(Bus)~Hakata Port(Ship)~Izuhara Port or Hitakatsu Port
    • Haneda Airport or Nagoya Airport~Nagasaki Airport or Fukuoka Airport~Tsushima Airport
    • Osaka Airport or Kansai Airport~Nagasaki Airport or Fukuoka Airport~Tsushima Airport
Goto[Goto City]
  • Train
    • JR Shin-Osaka Sta.(Shinkansen)~JR Nagasaki Sta.(Tram or Bus)~Nagasaki port(Ship)~Fukue Port
  • Airplane
    • Haneda Airport or Nagoya Airport~Nagasaki Airport(Bus)~Ohato・Nagasaki port(Ship)~Fukue Port
    • Haneda Airport or Nagoya Airport~Nagasaki Airport or Fukuoka Airport~Goto Fukue Airport
    • Osaka Airport or Kansai Airport〜agasaki Airport or Fukuoka Airport〜Goto Fukue Airport
Goto[Shin-Kamigoto Town]
  • Train
    • JR Shin-Osaka Sta.(Shinkansen)~JR Nagasaki Sta.(Tram or Bus)~Nagasaki port(Ship)~Narao Port or Tainoura Port
  • Airplane
    • Haneda Airport or Nagoya Airport~Nagasaki Airport(Bus)~Nagasaki port(Ship)~Narao Port or Tainoura Port
    • Osaka Airport or Kansai Airport~Nagasaki Airport(Bus)~Nagasaki port(Ship)~Narao Port or Tainoura Port

CONTACT

  • Cultural Advancement Division, Culture, Tourism & International Affairs Department, Nagasaki Prefectural Government
  • TEL:+81-95-895-2762