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Japan’s Leading Port Town of Early-Modern Times
Tomonoura, with its Sepia Tones Enveloped in the Evening Calm of the Seto Inland Sea

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STORY

The stone lighthouse Joyato is known as the symbol of Tomonoura, where it has watched over the residents of the area and served as a beacon for ships heading into port for the past 160 years. Gangi, the stone steps leading into the sea, surround the port from the base of the lighthouse like an amphitheater, appearing and disappearing with the tides. Beyond the steps is the hato, the stone breakwater that protects the port from large waves. Tomonoura, surrounded by many of the beautiful islands in the Seto Inland Sea, is the only port town in Japan that retains this multitude of port facilities from the late Edo era. The traditional culture of this early-modern port town lives on among the townhouses and merchant estates that stand as evidence of the town’s prosperity as a port for awaiting favorable tides.

CULTURAL PROPERTIES

ACCESS

  • Shinkansen
    • Tokyo Station – Fukuyama Station (approx. 3hr. 40min)
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    • Shin-Osaka Station – Fukuyama Station (approx. 1hr)
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    • Hiroshima Station – Fukuyama Station (approx. 30min)
  • Train
    • Onomichi Station – Fukuyama Station (approx. 20min)
  • Bus
    • Fukuyama Station – Tomonoura (approx. 30min)

CONTACT

  • Japan Heritage Tomonoura Promotion Council
  • TEL: +81 84-928-1278

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Japan’s Leading Port Town of Early-Modern Times

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