At the southern end of Nichinan Coast juts out a 4km-long promontory inhabited by wild horses. Around 100 horses living here are a type of pony and descendents of a few military horses released some three hundred years ago. This species is proper to Japan and was designated a national natural monument in 1953. The visitor center has a museum in its building, that explains in details about the horses and the nature of this cape.
The very end of the cape has a lighthouse standing on the cliff, commanding a good view of the area. The island you can see from the lighthouse is famous for monkeys which wash potatoes at beach. The cape area celebrates a fire festival in late August, based on a legend of a monster serpent.
Airport/Sta.Kagoshima Airport (about 76.8km) Google Transit
We guide this spot.
5.05 months ago
An amazing place with wild horses around
We visited there in July and perhaps it’s too hot that many horses hide in the shadow XD
Probably could have seen much more if we go in s milder weather
Tranquil and not packed with tourists
Road trip there maybe a bit difficult coz the roads are a bit curved and narrow and would get quite dark near sunset
Definitely worth a visit and please assign enuf time to spend there (1-2 hours even if you won’t go up to the lighthouse)
4.011 months ago
It was lucky that I could see 2 horses after the raining. They are beautiful and calm. One of them probably is pregnant.
5.0a year ago
Absolutely recommend coming here. Beautiful little trek to the top. Awesome view of the coastline.
5.0a year ago
Wow.. what a beautiful view.. just loved it..horses we're also beautiful
4.0a year ago
Great panoramic Vista. The old lighthouse is a treasure.