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《Moonlight Night : Amatsukinoyomi

When the sun sets in the western sky, the full moon begins to rise in the eastern sky. The bright, shining full moon illuminates the ground and casts shadows on the ground, just as it does during the day. What kind of color does the landscape illuminated by the moonlight show? This is the Izu Peninsula in early spring. The story begins at dusk. Mt. Fuji, which is still deep in snow, can be seen in front, and it seems that spring is still far away. However, it seems that spring is coming to Minamiizu ahead of time. Early cherry blossoms are in full bloom on the bank of the riverbank.
A night view of a big city that shines stronger than the full moon. And the full moon that illuminates the historic townscape. The moon illuminates various landscapes.
Finally, let's head to Miyakojima to see the starry sky of the moonlit night. At this time of early spring, on Miyakojima, which is near the southernmost tip of Japan, the Southern Cross is just rising to the horizon. Looking at the white sands lit by the moonlight and the stars shining in the ultramarine night sky, it's easy to forget the passage of time. Let's go on a journey around various night views and starry sky in the moonlight!

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Mt.Fuji over the Nightscape



Izu Peninsula and the Starry Sky Journey

The first thing that comes to mind when someone wants to go to a place close to Yokohama where they can see the stars is Izu Peninsula. The further south you go, the darker the sky and the more stars you will see. However, a highway that runs through the Izu Peninsula has not yet been completed, so you will be traveling on a regular road. It takes time, but you won't get bored as you can stop by many scenic spots. This time, from Shuzenji Road, through the Nishi-Izu Skyline, headed south along Suruga Bay to Minami-Izu.
As soon as you enter the Nishi-Izu Skyline, you will see Mt. Daruma. This area is also equipped with trekking courses, so you can travel as you go. Park your car at the entrance of the mountain trail and reach the summit of Mt. Daruma in about 15 to 20 minutes. It is a bit hard to arrive at the summit because the summit is gentle.
Further down the Nishi-Izu Skyline, you will arrive at Nishina Pass. Nishina Pass is also well known as a point where stars can be seen well. If you climb to the top of the hill, you can see 360 degrees, and you can see Mt. Fuji in front of you. This area is near the middle of the Izu Peninsula.
Get off the Nishi-Izu Skyline and go further south on National Route 136. This national road, which traces the ria coastline along Suruga Bay, often you can see the beautiful scenery between the trees during the day. You can't see anything at night, but you can see the stars even through the glass of the car and the tension rises.
It takes about 3 hours after getting off the Highway to arrive at Irozaki in Minami-izu. The darkness continues as far as the southernmost end of the Izu Peninsula, because the Pacific Ocean surrounds in three directions. If the weather conditions are nice, the starry sky seen here should be one of the best in Japan. However, however! Weather conditions are always harsh ... First of all, the wind is always too strong. Because it is located at the tip of the Izu Peninsula, which protrudes into the Pacific Ocean. In addition, wind blowing on the mountains of Izu causes clouds to spring up, and clouds are often suddenly covered with clouds. Often the results do not match the weather forecast, which is half gambling.
Despite the severe weather difficulty of the Izu Peninsula, spring comes a little earlier. The early blooming Kawazu Sakura(cherry blossoms) is famous. During the season, many tourists visit by special trains and sightseeing buses. Although not as famous as Kawazu, Minami-izu also has a beautiful bank of early blooming Sakura.

Mt.Daruma

This mountain is at altitude of 982 meters. A trekking course that runs through the summit has been prepared, and it is easy to reach the summit if you climb about 15 minutes from the Nishi-Izu Skyline. There is no mountain higher than Mt. Daruma in this area, so you can look around 360 degrees. In front of you is Mt. Fuji over Suruga Bay, and the symmetrical shape of a well-formed stratovolcano is beautiful. Since there is no obstruction to the eastern sky and the western sky, it is a omnidirectional view point where you can see the sunrise, sunset, moonrise, moonset, and the moment it touches the horizon. The hillside, which has a slightly smooth curved surface due to erosion, is covered with bear bamboo grass.

Early Sakura Blossoms of Minami-izu

A row of cherry blossom trees along the banks of the Aono River in Minami-izu. It blooms about a month earlier than ordinary cherry blossoms. Although it is famous for nearby Kawazu Sakura, this place far from the nearest station may be a more relaxing place to stroll. This area is surrounded by mountains, so even if strong winds blow in Irozaki, it is calm here. It is also good to walk slowly on the cherry blossom path in the moonlight, feeling a little early spring.



Southern Sea in Winter



Miyakojima Island and the Starry Sky Journey

Miyakojima Island is located on the Yaeyama Islands in Okinawa Prefecture and is one of the southern islands located at the southernmost point of Japan. If you want to see the stars from a number of Yaeyama Islands, I would recommend Miyakojima. There are several reasons, one of which is that the island is flat. After that, all the surrounding islands are connected by bridges and can be moved around for 24 hours. And there is a steak cafe open 24 hours. Certainly, Hateruma Island, the southernmost point, can see the strongest starry sky in Japan, but the only way to reach is the high speed ship, which often cancels due to the waves. On Ishigaki Island, there are not many places to see good outlook because the island tends to be mountainous. In fact, the highest peak in Okinawa Prefecture is Mt. If you want to see the stars with the mountains, Ishigaki Island is better.
From Miyakojima Island, located at 24.8 degrees north latitude, you can see the Southern Cross from winter to spring. Stars in the shape of a cross appears at just above of the southern horizon. However, it is difficult to see the whole figure because there is no cloud or haze until the very end of the horizon. Furthermore, the weather of the Yaeyama Islands at this time tends to be cloudy, and it is gambling whether it is sunny or not. The Southern Cross is considered to be the smallest constellation in the whole sky, but the shape rising on the horizon is rather large, so it is strange.
After midnight, the Milky Way can be seen in the eastern sky. The appearance that it starts to look almost horizontal is a superb view of the stars that can be seen because it is flat Miyakojima Island. The southern island is not only in summer, but in Miyakojima Island in winter, where people are sparse. Not too hot and not too cold, very comfortable.

Sunayama Beach

There is a rocky arch with a hole in the sandy beach, and it is a tourist view spot that tourists come constantly. This rock arch used to be able to dive underneath, but now seems to be off limits due to the risk of collapse.

Nishi-Henna Cape

It is the foremost cape of the part that extends like the northwest corner of Miyakojima Island. Higashi-Henna Cape is almost diagonally located, but this is a rough appearance protruding into the open sea, This Nishi-Henna Cape is surrounded by Ikema Island and Irabu Island, so the waves are quiet and calm. Although the altitude is not high, the view is very good.

Yonaha Beach

It is a beautiful beach with a white sandy beach that extends for about 7 km. In summer it is very busy. It is also a popular spot as it is ranked No.1 in Japan's Best Beach TOP10. On the opposite side is Kuruma Island, and the Kuruma Bridge that connects it is overlaid. Regardless of the season, it's still a beautiful beach, but nobody really is in the off season. The waves are calm and comfortable.