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Designated as a special region of Setonaikai National Park, it is a beautiful cape and is also recognized as the best coast in the New Japanese Tourist Spots Top 100. The coast is made of special greenish-colored stones and rocks called bluestone. It has been appreciated as a great scenic spot since a long time ago. The west extremity of the cape is called "Bandoko no Hana (the nose of Bandoko)" where a garden is located. On top of that, the view of sunset and the islands of Seto Inland Sea from Saikazaki Lighthouse is extraordinary. Since there are many beautiful scenery spots, it is a popular fishing area as well.
- 629 Saikazaki, Wakayama-shi, Wakayama
- Contact No.
- 40-min bus ride on Wakayama bus bound for Saikazaki from JR Wakayama Station. Get off at Saikazaki Yuen stop followed by a 15-min walk
- Opening Hours / Holidays
- Open all year round
(Bandoko Garden is closed in bad weather, opens 9:00-18:00 between April and August, opens 8:00-17:00 between September and March)
- Time Required
- 60 min
- Admission fee
※ Some information is displayed in Japanese and machine-translated English, which may not be accurate.
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Okushinwaka no ura coast
It is a coast made of rocks and cliffs made of a kind of metamorphic rock called chlorite‐schist and is usually referred to as bluestone. The beauty of this coast has been recognized from ancient times. Since the bottom of the sea is also made of this bluestone, the water has a green color. It was nominated as the best coast in the New Japanese Tourist Spots Top 100 in 1950.
Bandoko Garden on the west extremity of the cape
Situated on the west extremity of Saikazaki, this garden is situated right next to Wakaura Bay. Since it used be a lookout post on this spot during the Edo period, it is called "Bandoko no Hana (Bandoko means the place where guard worked)." In 1863, a politician Kaishu Katsu visited this place. Known for the view of a beautiful sunset, you will also see twin islands: Oshima (male island) and Nakanoshima (female island) (Entrance fee: 600 yen).
Saikazaki Fishing Port
A quiet inlet of the bay has naturally become a fishing port. As a result, the city has developed on the hill situated north of the bay. Many houses are colored in white, creating a beautiful contrast with the blue of the sea and the sky.
On the hilltop of Saikazaki, there is a vacant lighthouse named Hawk's Nest. Once you climb to the top of the lighthouse, you can see a great view of Bandoko Garden and various islands including Awaji island. In Saikazaki, it has been said from a longtime ago that the setting sun looks as if numerous drops in many colors fall from it during the equinoctial week in spring and fall. In ancient times, it was called "falling of flower petals" because drops resemble petals. Even now, many people visit here to see the sunset during this period.