About 30 minutes by car from Kumamoto city center. The coastal area of Ariake Sea in Uto City, Kumamoto Prefecture has many attractions and is a popular driving spot. It has become a hot topic on SNS, and an increasing number of people enjoy shooting with smartphones and cameras.
The “Okoshiki Kaigan” (Okoshiki Seashore) coast, known as a scenic spot for tidal flats, is located about 15 kilometers from the Matsubara intersection at the “gateway” heading toward Misumi / Amakusa from Kumamoto City.
This coastline is famous for its rich tidal flats facing the Ariake Sea. Due to the large tidal difference, a unique ripple is created in the sand when the tide falls. This pattern is beautiful in the daytime. The scenery where marine products such as offshore seaweed laver are cultivated is part of the beauty. At high tide, this place becomes the sea and the scenery is completely different.
Okoshiki Seashore is a popular photography spot for many tourists because of the superb view of the tidal flat at low tide. Many people have access to the camera at low tide when the sunset can be seen only a few times a year.
If you want to shoot Okoshiki Seashore, the best spot is the observatory on the side of Daiei Inari Jinja Shrine. This observatory is a 15-minute walk from the “Ouda” station of the nearest Japan Railway Amakusa-Mismi Line and is easily accessible.
From this observatory, you can get a panoramic view of the tidal flats and take a picture of the beautiful sunset in front of Mount Unzen. However, it takes time to climb because this observatory is high. During the low tide season, many photographers have trouble with parking lots and are difficult places to travel. Although it is recommended for those who have time, it is necessary to take a place before the sun sets.
If you are traveling, it is recommended to see from “Ouda Coast Park”. There is also a toilet here, so you can take a beautiful view by just walking a little with the camera. In spring, the people of the shells are beautiful and the scenery is like a painting. However, be careful when shooting on the Amakusa highway where there are many traffics.
The charm of “Okoshiki Seashore”. It is an art of color and shadow, created by the setting sun. After a little time, the scenery and the atmosphere will change greatly, so you will not be able to move on a beautiful sunset. It ’s a spectacular view that you ’ll stand for hours.
The beautiful crescent-shaped sand crest is like a sculpture
Okoshiki Seashore in Kumamoto Prefecture is a scenic spot to be selected as “Japan’s 100 Most Beautiful Beaches.” You can see the beautiful sight called tideland art.
Okoshiki Seashore is a coast located on the northern coast of Uto Peninsula in Uto City, Kumamoto Prefecture. Origin of the name is said to have come from the legend that Emperor Keiko long ago remembered the beauty of this coastline when he went expedition to Kyushu. A beautiful scenic spot grabbing the hearts of many people is worth seeing at once.
In fine weather, you can see Mt. Unzen Fugendake in Nagasaki Prefecture on the other side across the Ariake Sea. Ariake Sea is known for its large tide difference. At low tide, the ocean floor appears until offshore more than 2 kilometers, and beautiful “samon” (ripple marks) can be seen at Okoshiki Seashore. The beautiful crescent shaped “samon” is as beautiful as a sculpture.
If you are going to take beautiful photos at Okoshiki Seashore, sunset time zones are recommended. It is the best time to see sunset and beautiful “samon” at the same time. However, the time of low tide and sunset will be the same time only about a few days a year. It is a good idea to plan a trip after investigating the time of low tide and sunset in advance.
Okoshiki Seashore is located 15 minutes on foot from Ouda Station on the JR Misumi line. It is approximately 30 minutes by train from Kumamoto Station. It can be accessed relatively smoothly by public transport.
“Okoshiki Seashore” spreading a mysterious sight. It is crowded with many photographers and tourists on the sunset and tideland can be seen at the same time. Please aim at a day like a miracle, please visit.
Very great Tidal range
“Okoshiki Kaigan” (Okoshiki Seashore) is located at Uto Peninsula of Kumamoto prefecture.
The tidal range is very great in the Sea of Ariake, the water line at the time when the ebb tide is more than 2km from the coastline, and a beautiful shoreline appears.
Japan’s 100 Most Beautiful Sunset
It is said that an origin of “Okoshiki” is an Emperor of Japan stopping Mikoshi (a hand-carried palanquin) and having been fascinated with its beauty. The place is known for its beautiful scenery which designated as Japan’s 100 Most Beautiful Sunset and Japan’s 100 Most Beautiful Beaches.
Only see the picturesque scenery a few times a year
You can only see the picturesque scenery a few times a year, because the setting sun and the ebb tide of the Ariake Sea overlap with each other is several times a year, and it is influenced by the weather.
Uto City Tourist office : Time of the setting sun and the ebb tide of the Okoshiki Seashore
Blue : The day of ebb tide
Yellow : The setting sun and the ebb tide overlap with each other
Ripple mark of the crescent moon type
At the time of ebb tide, the unique ripple mark of the crescent moon type appears from the Nagahama shore to the Ouda shore for approximately 5km. In these shores, the scenery of the ripple mark glistening with the setting sun of the Okoshiki seashore, which was chosen as “Japan’s 100 Most Beautiful Sunset “, is mysterious, thus many photographers both professionals and amateurs come from the whole country on the day when the sunset and the ebb tide overlap with each other.
Information(Access, Price/Charge, Tel, Address, Official site, etc.)
|Name:||Okoshiki Kaigan (Okoshiki Seashore)|
|Adresse:||Toguchimachi Uto, Kumamoto 869-3174 Japan|
|Access:||JR Misumi-sen Line “Ouda-eki Station” (15 minutes walk)|
|Tel:||(+81) 964-22-1111（Ext.2209）(Uto City Tourism of Commerce)|