Shioyosaki Lighthouse

This white chalk lighthouse is one of only 16 lighthouses in Japan where visitors can climb to the top, and has been selected as one of the 50 Best Lighthouses in Japan. The 24-meter tower is a working lighthouse that rises some 73 meters above sea level, and its single light flash can be seen at a distance of 22 nautical miles (about 41 kilometers). The lighthouse location is a ten-minute climb from the parking lot, where a souvenir shop is located. The reception desk for the lighthouse entrance also has an exhibition room that covers the lighthouse’s history. It was originally built in 1899, only to be destroyed in a 1938 earthquake. After being rebuilt in 1940 of reinforced concrete, it was damaged in air raids near the end of World War II. A large-scale restoration was of the lenses and light fixtures was carried out in 1950 to return the lighthouse to its original appearance. It was again damaged in the earthquake of March 11, 2011 before being restored to its present condition. The top floor offers spectacular ocean and coastal views, particularly as the sun sets to the west.


Shioyosaki Lighthouse
  • Address
    34 Yadozaki, Tairausuiso, Iwaki, Fukushima Pref. 970-0223
  • Access
    (By Car) 30 min. by car from Iwaki-Yumoto Interchange on the Joban Expressway
    (By Train) 30 min. by car from Iwaki-Yumoto Station on the JR Joban line
  • Website
  • Hours
    On weekdays all year and weekends and holidays between October and February: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
    On weekends and holidays between March and September, and April 29 to May 5, August 10 to 19: 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.
  • Other Information
    Entrance Fee: Junior high school and above: ¥300
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