A vision of scenic islands

The unprecidented charm of the Amakusa area lies in the natural beauty of its features brought about by geologic processes. Large and small green-capped islands interwoven by saphire-blue sea channels present unparalleled views.

Geography from the waterline

Sea taxis and cruise boats are recommended for sight-seeing in the Amakusa islands. What better way to view the abundance of beauty the islands have to offer than from the waterline.
Senganzan veiw place

(1)Senganzan veiw place

From this veiw place, the view opens toward Oyano island. Many beautiful green-capped islands bordered by white, 50 million year old sandstone beaches from the Shiratake Formation, lay before you as a vision floating on the blue sea and all 5 bridges connecting the Amakusa islands can be seen.
Senganmori-dake

(2)Senganmori-dake

Senganmori-dake is located in the southern part of Matsushima town in the Amakusa-kamishima islands. In the upper part of the mountain, white rocks are often exposed in a belt shape. You can observe the inclination of strata composing the Shiratake Formation toward the west.
Mt. Takabuto veiw place and an outcrop of unconformity

(3)Mt. Takabuto veiw place and an outcrop of unconformity

A global view of many islands strung together by the Amakusa Five Bridges from Matsushima town through the Oyano islands can be had from the Mt. Takabuto view place. The strata of both the Cretaceous and the Paleogene are observed with unconformity at the road side near the parking lot.
The summit of Shiratake

(4)The summit of Shiratake

An area popular for mountain trekking called ‘The Kankai Alps’ connects ridgelines from Matsushima town to Ryugatake town on the eastern side of Amakusa-kamishima. The Shiratake summit is one of the many attraction points for hikers for the panoramic views of the Amakusa islands and their surrounding seascape from the hiking trails.
Observatory on Karasu-tohge

(5)Observatory on Karasu-tohge

The summit of the 442m high Karasu-tohge; the highest mountain in Goshoura island provides a panoramic view of the Amakusa archipelago, Yatsushiro sea (Shiranui sea), the Kyushu mountains, and the Aso and Unzen-Fugen ranges. A Graysonites which is an ammonite fossil, was found at the summit and is displayed there.
Tomioka tomboro and spit

(6)Tomioka tomboro and spit

Although the Tomioka peninsula was originally separated as an islet from the Shiki plain, pebbles and sand carried by the littoral current were deposited connecting them into a tomboro. The Tomioka spit; a narrow beach in the form of the beak of a bird was made by similarly carrying sand and pebbles to the east side of the peninsula.
Myokengaura

(7)Myokengaura

Myokengaura’s sea cliffs, reaching a height of 100m of the Himenoura Group make up the brilliant natural scenary representative of Amakusa’s west coast. This area is a National Site of Scenic Beauty. A point of interest gives the impression of an elephant walking when viewed from the Jusanbutsu park.

(8)Tomioka marine park

The southwest part of the Tomioka peninsula is specified as a marine park, with a beautiful coral reef, black rocks (alternation strata of black shale and sandstone of the Sakasegawa Group) and white rocks (rhyolite: volcanic rock) which expand at the shoreline and the cliff jutting out into the sea from the peninsula.

(9)Ushibuka marine park

Visitors to the area enjoy the sight of many colourful fish swimming and the bountiful coral from the vantage point of glass-bottom boats. The Shishiboe-misaki looks like the shape of the head of a lion and consists of eroded volcanic sediments (tuff breccia) which build along the seashore.