The introduction of the lighthouse

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History of Daio-Saki Lighthouse

Cape Daio-Zaki, of which frightened sailors sang, “Wishing there were no Kamisaki in Ise, Yoroi in Kuzaki, and Daio in Nakiri,” lies at the southeast end of the Shima Peninsula. It was once known as a rough point jutting into the ocean so that the raging waves of the Enshu-Nada Sea and Kumano-Nada Sea were divided. Thus, construction of a lighthouse had been desired for long time. On May 16, 1927, construction started under the authority of Japan’s Lighthouse Bureau (Todaikyoku) and the light was first lit on October 5 of the same year. The cost of construction totaled 36,221 yen 94 sen. The lighthouse survived numerous threats, including the Pacific War and the Isewan Typhoon. Nearly half a century after construction, a major renovation was completed in December 1978. This is the lighthouse that stands today.

In April, 2004, a new high-performance radar system to monitor waves automatically was installed in the lighthouse, and the last “lighthouse keeper” in the Tokai District left the lighthouse. Daio-Saki Lighthouse is a popular tourist spot as a lighthouse open to the public, and continues to operate as an active aid to navigation.


The 360 panorama

Daio-Saki Lighthouse, one of numerous lighthouses open to the public in Japan, allows visitors to go up the stairs to the top.

From its top one can see the old town of Nakiri with its beautiful stone slopes directly below, Yonagohama and Mugi-Saki Lighthouse to the southeast, Anori-Saki Lighthouse to the north and some islands across the vast expanse of sea. Since ships approaching from the offing first appear by the tips of their masts, it is a place where one can perceive the roundness of the earth first-hand. (Anori-Saki Lighthouse in Shima City is also open to the public.)


The sunrise from Daio-Saki Lighthouse on New Year’s Day

The sunrise from the lighthouse on New Year’s Day attracts a great many visitors every year.

Would you like to enjoy this magnificent sunrise with the lighthouse?


Daio-Saki Lighthouse from the air

The chalky lighthouse, located in the southeast of the Ise-Shima National Park, has created the outstanding scenery in harmony with the blue sky and sea.
The sea spray heaving against the cliff developed like stairs is quite powerful.

Photographer: Maruya Aerial Photography
Copyright:Toba Coast Guard


The cross section of Daio-Saki Lighthouse

Those days, the newly built Daio-Saki Lighthouse After the Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923 was a modern, fine, unprecedented lighthouse with a small, fan-shaped and two-storied house below a circle tower.



The outline of Daio-Saki lighthouse

Address Daio-Saki Shima City Mie Prefecture
North latitude 34-16-34
East longitude 136-53-58
Structure Tower-Shaped concrete Structure
Light quality

One White light and one Red light per 30 seconds

Charted visibility White 18.5 Red 17.5 Sea miles
Light bulb type Metal halide lamp (70W)
Visible arc 199 degrees to 79 degrees
The Height from the ground to the top 22.5m
The height from the surface of sea to the light 45.53m
The height from the ground to the light 20m
The date of the installation October 5th, 1927

Visitors Guide: Safety and Rules

  1. Do not destroy or damage any goods, instruments or equipment, or take them out of the lighthouse.
    The lighthouse is an important facility to assist safe navigation.
  2. Act with care at all times for your safety.
    Watch your head and steps when you walk up and down stairs.
    The lighthouse is tall and the stairs are steep, narrow and very dangerous.
  3. Act cautiously, as there are some delicate instruments and equipment considered dangerous when touched.
  4. Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult.
  5. Persons who exhibit drunken or any other behavior considered dangerous by the staff are not permitted to enter the lighthouse.
  6. Visitors are not allowed to bring pets into the lighthouse.
  7. Take your garbage (wastepaper, cans, etc.) home with you.
  8. No smoking is allowed inside the lighthouse.
    There is no flame permitted in the area.
 ※We are not responsible for accidents caused by visitors’ careless behavior.

Information for visitors

Open: 9 A.M.- 4P.M.

No holidays
※Due to inclement weather or certain reasons,
the lighthouse is subject to be closed or the open hours will be changed.

Donation (Admission):Adult(over 13 years old)200 yen

For inquiries

The Public Interest Incorporated Association “Toko-Kai”

Daio-Saki division (Daio-Saki Lighthouse) TEL:+81-599-72-1899

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