Activities & Events Calendar
Diving on Omijima Island
2020/01/01 - 2021/12/31
Omijima Island is located in the midst of the clear ocean waters of Kita-Nagato Kaigan Quasi-National Park. With the open ocean waters off the rocky coast of Funabashi (on the west side), and the white beaches of Shizu-ura, from which a beautiful world of seaweed extends, diving and snorkeling can be enjoyed year-round on Omijima Island. Additionally, because of the island's unusual shape, divers have only to go underwater a little ways to enjoy some incredible sea life. Beginners and children as young as fourth grade (elementary school) may also participate (with some conditions).
Opening of Riverside Terraces (Otozure River)
2020 Late Mar - 2020 Early Nov
The Otozure River runs through the center of Nagato Yumoto Onsen. From late March to early November, "kawa-yuka" riverside terraces will be set up along the river in an approved "Zone for the Regeneration of the City/Area," with which locals hope to create an environment in which to enjoy nature closer up, with the scenery and sound of the river. There will be cafés and dinner parties, parties, live music, and other Yumoto Onsen Town events presented at these riverside terraces, so that visitors can enjoy strolling through Yumoto Onsen even more.
Sea Kayaking in Yuya Bay
2020/04/01 - 2020/10/31
The coastline in Yamaguchi Prefecture's Nagato City is located inside a Quasi-National Park. If you start paddling out in a sea kayak, you'll find incredible seascapes, craggy rocks, and the power of natural settings you can't reach from land. There are a lot of ways to enjoy sea kayaking here, like our course exploring 5 uninhabited islands or our sunset tour. Bonnie Bay Sea Kayak Center is located inside Igami Seaside Park Auto Camping Ground, and is a public facility. We can escort guests through the waters of Kita-Nagato Quasi-National Park according to their requests. After a lecture about how to paddle in a kayak, we will land on an uninhabited island and enjoy a coffee break.
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Kawachi Wisteria Garden
2020 Mid Apr - 2020 Early May
The Kawachi Wisteria Garden was selected in an online feature by CNN as one of the "31 Most Beautiful Places in Japan." Every year during Golden week, when the wisteria burst into bloom, it's a popular spot with visitors from across and outside of Japan. There are a total of 22 different varieties of wisteria, including Noda Japanese wisteria, kunibeni (lipstick) wisteria, purple-red, red, white, yae (multi-layered), long, medium, and short. In the gentle spring sunlight, you'll be surrounded by the elegant fragrance of the wisteria that extend into the garden. One of its highlights are the two wisteria tunnels close to the garden entrance. There is a smaller tunnel of 80 meters, and a larger one of 110 meters, and each elegant light purple and white arcade is likely to draw gasps from visitors. We recommend taking some commemorative photos here. The wisteria trellis extends for about 3,300 square meters. The Kawachi Wisteria Garden is in fact a private garden, created by its passionate owner. He began cultivating the land in 1968, and after dedicating a great effort over a number of years, he opened the garden in 1977. Looking around at all of the branches heavily-laden with wisteria, one can see all the love he put into cultivating them. This Golden Week, we encourage you to include the wisteria bloom at the Kawachi Wisteria Garden in your schedule as your travel.
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2020/05/01 - 2020/05/05
2020 Mid May - 2020 Early Aug
Strolling with the Fireflies (Otani Sanso)
2020 Late May - 2020 Mid Jun
Every year, around late May to mid-June comes the season in which Genji fireflies grace the Otozure River that runs in front of Otani Sanso. Firefly Walking Tours will be offered (free for overnight guests at Otani Sanso, time requried approx. 30 minutes), for visitors to experience the charming scene that the Genji fireflies create over the Otozure River. Walks will be led by Otani Sanso staff, so that visitors can return home with memories of an early summer night in Nagato. The dancing light of the fireflies looks magical from a distance, but it's another type of special experience to see the fireflies up close as living creatures, as they begin to glow before your eyes. Nagato Yumoto Onsen's Otozure River has been designated a National Natural Monument, as it is the birthplace and natural habitat of the Genji fireflies. In Yamaguchi Prefecture, there are only two such locations, including Yamaguchi City.