Cape Shiriyazaki is located at the northeast end of Honshu, and it feels like you are standing at the end of the earth. Due to the strong wind here, people apparently called this place a graveyard of the sea in the past because many ships were grounded or shipwrecked. At the tip of the cape is a chalk-white lighthouse, which is over 120 years old, and boasts of being the brightest in Japan. Visitors can enter the lighthouse by paying the admission fees, and climb the 128 stairs for views of the Tsugaru Strait and the Pacific Ocean. The water is a mix of deep blue and light blue as two seas meet.
Horses called Kandachime graze on the pastures around Shiriyazaki. Kandachime were used as agricultural work horses due to their strength and ability to endure cold and tough diets, but they have slowly disappeared with the changing times. However, thanks to measures to protect them, their numbers have since recovered with about 30 horses currently alive. As April to June is the season when Kandachime give birth, you might be lucky enough to see a newborn foal. The horses spend their days in a pasture called Ataka when the area around Shiriyazaki is closed from January to March.
- Admission to the Shiriyazaki lighthouse: 200 yen (for junior high school students and older)
- Opening Times
- [1 to 30 April]
08:00 to 15:45
[1 May to 30 November]
07:00 to 16:45
- Closed in the winter (1 December to 31 March)
- Take a Shimokita Kotsu bus on the Shiriya Line from Motsu bus terminal and get off at Shiriyazaki (about 1 hour)
*The bus operates from 1 May to 31 October
- Reviews (TripAdvisor)
- Higashidori-mura Make and Grow Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Division
- Telephone Number