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Kabushima is a small island that has a diameter of 800 meters with a height of 20 meters located in Samemachi, Hachinohe, Aomori. Although it is called an island, technically it is a landfill and now is connected to the main land. This island is famous as the breeding site of Umineko, black tailed gull, designated as a Japanese natural monument. Tens of thousands of Umineko come from the South and lay eggs in the middle of March every year. In April, when the yellow flower of Kabu blooms, chicks are born and fly away to the South later in summer, when they are ready to fly. Tens of thousands flying Umineko are worth seeing!
- 56−2 Same Samemachi, Hachinohe-shi, Aomori
- Contact No.
- ＪＲ鮫駅から徒歩15分 15-min walk from Same Station on JR
- Time Required
- 2時間 2hours
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Approximately 40,000 black-tailed gulls
When you enter the island, black-tailed gulls, said to be a messenger of the God, will welcome you. Approximately 40,000 black-tailed gulls come to the island around March and head North in the beginning of August. It looks like white flowers are blooming when you look at the island from the distance. You can also see chicks closely.
Kabushima Kaisui Yokujo with many facilities
In the small beach “Kabushima Kaisui Yokujo” in the cove, people with children can play safely. Although it is small beach, it has clean shower rooms and restrooms. You can have a relaxing time even if you are not here to swim by having a picnic or walking along the beach.
Japanese natural monument “Kabushima-Jinja”
There is a vermilion shrine gate at the entrance of the island and Kabushima-Jinja that enshrines Benten God is on the summit. Local people call the shrine “Kabushima-san” and love it as a shrine of business and guardian of the sea. The paved sidewalk surrounds the main building of the shrine and it is said if you go around this side walk three times, your body will be purified. *The shrine was destroyed by fire in 2015 and will be rebuilt by 2019.
This festival is held on the third weekend of April every year. Many events such as carrying around of mikoshi (portable shrine), shows on the temporary stage, handing out of mochi (rice cake), and seafood markets are held.
Tanesashi Kaigan is approximately 30 minutes by Hachinohe Line on JR from Kabushima. This is a beautiful marine shoreline where the natural green grass, white beach and rocks in different sizes creates varied landscapes. The vast space created by natural grass extending to the water’s edge creates a sense of freedom!