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Contemplating the history of the island and their spectacular landscape: A trip to Fukue Island of the Goto Islands in Nagasaki Prefecture, Part 2

Culture

UpdateOctober 22, 2021
ReleaseOctober 22, 2021

The Goto Islands to the west of Nagasaki Prefecture in Kyushui are famous for being the location of the “Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region,” a composite site inscribed on the World Heritage site in 2018. Several churches have survived across the Goto Islands and offer places of worship even today. On my trip, I visited Fukue Island, the southernmost island of the Goto Islands. In this article, I will introduce you to other interesting spots besides the churches of Fukue Island.

writerMai

I was born in Kagoshima Prefecture and have lived in different parts of Kyushu. A lover of food, sake, and hot springs in Kyushu, my goal is to become a “Sen-nin” (hot spring master), the highest rank for those who accomplish the “Tour of the Eighty-eight Hot Springs in Kyushu.” I hope to convey the fascinating aspects of Japan while featuring my beloved homeland Kyushu!


Osezaki Lighthouse


An icon of the Goto Islands, this lighthouse on a cliff has been selected as one of the “Fifty Favorite Lighthouses in Japan.” Osezaki Cliff is designated as a special zone in Saikai National Park. The trail up to the lighthouse is a demanding walk but it is all worth it. I was left speechless with the 360-degree panoramic view of the blue ocean. When I was leaving the lighthouse, I decided to come here again and watch the sunset next time.

Osezaki Lighthouse

Osezaki Lighthouse
Access: 60 minutes by car from Fukue Port to the observation point, 20-minute walk to the lighthouse from the parking lot near the trail and 30-minute walk from the lighthouse to the parking lot
https://www.discover-nagasaki.com/en/sightseeing/674


Nizo Yamamoto Art Museum


Born in Goto City, Nagasaki Prefecture, Nizo Yamamoto is an anime art director and artist. The museum exhibits his anime background illustrations and original drawings. The building is a renovated samurai residence originally built in 1863 during the late Edo period, which allows us to learn some of the history of the Goto Islands. The worldview of Japan’s iconic anime movies such as “Princess Mononoke” and “Castle in the Sky” owes a lot to Nizo’s background illustrations. The video exhibit depicts how these works were created. If you are an anime fan, you should not miss this museum.

Nizo Yamamoto Art Museum

Nizo Yamamoto Art Museum

Nizo Yamamoto Art Museum

Nizo Yamamoto Art Museum
Access: 10-minute walk from Fukue Port
https://www.goto-yamamoto-nizo-museum.com/


Tsubaki Chaya


The restaurant offers locally produced ingredients to enjoy at a table with an irori (sunken hearth) fireplace while watching the lovely ocean surrounding the Goto Islands. You can savor seafood as well as Goto beef and Goto udon noodles. Enjoy the magnificent scenery and local delicacies; nowhere else could provide such a luxurious time.

Tsubaki Chaya

Tsubaki Chaya

Tsubaki Chaya

Tsubaki Chaya
Access: 20 minutes by car from Fukue Port
https://goto-sight.com/cyaya/cyaya.html


Recommended accommodation in Fukue Island


GOTO TSUBAKI HOTEL


Opened in 2019, GOTO TSUBAKI HOTEL is located near Fukue Port. In the guest rooms, flying fish illustration on the wall in a blue color scheme will make you feel almost like you are living in the ocean of Fukue Port that you can see in front of the window. The Italian restaurant “Tsubaki Kitchen” with a blue color scheme on the ground floor offers an all-you-can-eat buffet style breakfast prepared with many local ingredients. The pizzas fresh from the hearth-oven are popular at lunch and dinner.

GOTO TSUBAKI HOTEL

GOTO TSUBAKI HOTEL

GOTO TSUBAKI HOTEL

GOTO TSUBAKI HOTEL
Access: 5-minute walk from Fukue Port
https://gototsubakihotel.com/


It was an unforgettable trip to Fukue Island. Visiting the churches that are the testament to the faith in which the hidden Christians persevered for generations allowed me to have firsthand knowledge of their long history up to this day. The Goto Islands offer the splendid views of beautiful ocean and bountiful nature, as well as local delicacies, not to mention a unique culture that remains even today. Truly a must-visit.

Check out the companion article about the churches in Fukue Island and the World Heritage sites!
https://att-japan.net/en/archives/9930

*The information herein is as of October 2021.