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.
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.
See Ukai Cormorant Fishing at Kintai Bridge
2020 Early Jun - 2020 Early Sep
At this summer event, visitors can view the traditional summer spectacle of cormorant fishing (ukai) at Kintai Bridge, all from a pleasure boat. Dressed in traditional costumes, the cormorant fishermen will display their skill at commanding the cormorants, looking mysterious against the backdrop of the Kintai Bridge, one of Japan's Three Unusual Bridges, all lit up. Come see the incredible spectacle of the fishermen and their cormorants before your very eyes, in the wavering lamplight of the cormorant boats.
Otaue Rice-Planting Ritual (Settsu Province Ichinomiya Sumiyoshi Taisha Grand Shrine)
This sacred ritual is held at Sumiyoshi Taisha Grand Shrine to pray for a bountiful harvest. The festival began when the Empress Jingu wished for a great harvest, and called rice-planting maidens from Nagato Province (present-day Yamaguchi Prefecture) to plant rice in the fields at the shrine here. The rice-planting ritual at Sumiyoshi Taisha Grand Shrine is performed according to tradtional methods, without simplification, making it a memorable experience for onlookers. As the rice-planting is going on, a lively dance performance will be held on the center stage area, and the ending Sumiyoshi-odori dance in particular in famous, and the sight of the dancers moving in the shape of the character for "heart" is striking. The Otaue Rice-Planting Ritual, which passes down old traditions, was designated a National Important Intangible Cultural Property on February 24th, 1979.