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Goza Tour Course

Goza Tour Course
Type:
hiking
Time Required:
1 h 30 min.
Distance:
6 km
A short course that explores the Ishibotoke-Jizoson built in the sea and offers a panorama view of Mt. Konpira.

Course Outline

The starting point at Goza Port is accessible via bus or regular liner from Kashikojima Island. The Ishibotoke-Jizoson (stone Buddhist statue) of Goza-ura Bay is located on the opposite shore of the port, so the course traces a circle around the port.

Proceed along the roadway, cross through the village, and head toward Goza-shirahama Beach. After spending some time at the beach, return via the same road you took before, and proceed along the two-lane national road. A little further along, turn right at the sign pointing to the Mt. Konpira Observatory, and follow the small road to the observatory.

The course moves in the direction of the Pacific Ocean, so walk down and once you arrive at the prefectural road, head east. The shoreline that appears in front of you is Azuri Beach, a picturesque beach that features a small pine island. The Ama Museum and Ama Hut Experience Facility are located nearby.

To return, take the bus heading in the direction of Ugata.

Highlights

Ishibotoke-Jizoson of Goza-ura Bay
Ishibotoke-Jizoson of Goza-ura Bay

Ishibotoke-Jizoson of Goza-ura Bay

During the middle of the Heian Period, the worshipping of Jizo (the guardian deity of children) became popular. The Ishibotoke-Jizoson stone statue is said to have been here since ancient times, and it is treasured by the local residents. Legend has it that the Jizo deity inhabiting the statue instructed the villagers not to move it to higher ground. For this reason, the statue is worshipped in its position in the sea, which is rare in Japan.

Goza-shirahama Beach
Goza-shirahama Beach

Goza-shirahama Beach

This is a beautiful, natural, white-sand beach located at the tip of Sakishima Peninsula. It was selected as one of the top 100 bathing resorts by the Ministry of the Environment, and attracts a large number of bathers in the summer. The area features private accommodation facilities and is ideal to explore local seafood cuisine.

Mt. Konpira Observatory
Mt. Konpira Observatory

Mt. Konpira Observatory

This is a view point located on the mountain top(110 m above sea level)near the tip of Sakishima Peninsula. It commands 360-degree views of Ago Bay and Kumanonada Sea, and also reveals Odaigahara in the distance. On winter days with favorable visibility conditions, you can even see Mt. Fuji.

Course Map

Goza Tour Course

Course Time

Starting Point
1
Goza Port
6 min.
0.4 km
2
Ishibotoke-Jizoson of Goza-ura Bay
23 min.
1.5 km
3
Goza-shirahama Beach
38 min.
2.6 km
4
Mt. Konpira Observatory
23 min.
1.5 km
5
Azuri Beach
Terminus
*Course time and distance are estimates.