Ashigezaki Observation Deck and Samekado Lighthouse-a movie-like location overlooking the Pacific Ocean



Introduction of Samekado lighthouse

On the hill of Sanriku Reconstruction National Park facing the Pacific Ocean in Samemachi, Hachinohe City, Aomori Prefecture, there is Samekado Lighthouse, which serves as a mark for ships entering Hachinohe Port.

This lighthouse was installed in 1938 and has been selected as one of the “50 Lighthouses in Japan".

To get to the lighthouse, you will pass by the Taihei Ranch (Taihei Ranch), where racehorses are raised.
This Taihei ranch is also known as a location for movies “Phantom Horse" and “Father and Son", but it is also the last place where racehorses are sent from all over Japan, so it makes a loud noise I think that you should consider it not to be.


As you pass by the Taihei Ranch, you will see a lighthouse ahead.
The lighthouse is made of white concrete, the tower height is 22.7 meters, the height from the average sea level is 57.6 meters, and the light illuminates it reaches the sea 36 km away.


With permission from the Japan Coast Guard, Hachinohe City is free to use the lighthouse as an observatory.
It is basically open from late April to October on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, and every day during the summer vacation, but this means that you enter the lighthouse, climb the stairs, and the high places near the lighting I guess it is up to you.
I visited on a weekday in September, but I put it on the lighthouse premises and overlooked the Pacific Ocean through the fence.


Aside from the lighthouse, there is an apartment that was once used as a government building, but it is now fully automatic.
There seems to be no staff living.

It is said that the “Sharkhorn Lighthouse Festival” is held every year on the sea day in July.


Transportation to the Samekado lighthouse

It is about 30 minutes on foot from Same Station on the JR Hachinohe Line or about 5 minutes by taxi.
It is a 5-minute walk from the entrance of the lighthouse on the side of Taihei Ranch.

In the case of the Hachinohe municipal bus, Tanesashi Kaigan Sightseeing Bus Umineko, get off at Seagull View Hotel and walk 5 minutes.
In the case of a car, a free car park in front of the Seagull View Hotel is a 5-minute walk.

There is Ashizaki Observatory nearby, but it is an observatory on the cliff of the sea and you can enjoy a different view.

Introduction of Ashizaki Observatory

Tanesashi-Kaigan, one of Japan’s Top 100 White Sand Amatsus, is a coastal terrace (marine terrace), and the northern end is the Ashigezaki Observation Deck.
The photo below is the Ashigezaki Observatory taken from the Samezukaku Lighthouse.


Ashigezaki reads “ashigezaki".
The Ashigezaki Observation Deck is located on a cape facing the Pacific Ocean in front of the Sharkaz Lighthouse.

Protruding over steep cliffs, it is a geopark view spot with stunning views over the Pacific Ocean.


There are shops in about 50 free parking lots, and it seems that it is popular as Aomori’s three major soft ice creams, but the Hachinohe clan once set up a “ Jinya " at the end of the Tokugawa period to monitor foreign ships. Was.
During the Pacific War, the Japanese Navy installed a radar on a concrete base and said, “ Because it was a naval exploration base, the old-fashioned atmosphere of the circular observatory is also called Laputa in Aomori .

When it comes to the Cape Observation Deck, there are many walking spots, but Atagezaki is a 30-minute walk from the parking lot, so you can enjoy the scenery and location without much difficulty.

In addition, there is a promenade nearby, so it is good to take a walk or visit with someone special.

Be careful not to fly your hat when the wind is strong.

Transportation to the Ashigezaki Observatory

The access is from the Hachinohe Station on the Tanesashi Kaigan Sightseeing Bus Umineko-go, and it’s right after getting off at Ashigezaki Observatory.

Why don’t you think about the sounds created by nature, the scenery and flowers that weave under the transparent air?
Map of Samekado LighthouseMap of Ashigezaki Observatory