Shiriyazaki, Higashidori-mura

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Shiriyazaki Lighthouse is a lighthouse located on the outermost extremity of Cape Shiriyazaki, the northeastern-most point of Honshu, in Higashidōri, Aomori Prefecture, Japan.HistoryThe Shiriyazaki Lighthouse was one of the 26 lighthouses built in Meiji period Japan by British engineer Richard Henry Brunton. The lighthouse was completed on October 20, 1876 (after Brunton had departed from Japan), and was the first western-style lighthouse in the Tohoku region of Japan. On November 20, 1877, a fog bell was installed due to the high incidence of fogs and days of poor visibility in the area. This was the first fog bell in Japan, but the sound proved to be too weak, so on December 20, 1879 it was replaced by the first fog horn in Japan. Other noteworthy events include the installation of the first electric power generator for a lighthouse in Japan in 1901.In 1945, during World War II, Shiriyazaki Lighthouse was bombarded by United States Navy warships, cracking its Fresnel lens and causing severe damage to its structure, killing its attendant. However, the following year, on several occasions, fishermen reported being able to see a light in the ruined lighthouse, which enabled them to land safely despite a deep fog. However, when authorities investigated, they found that the stairs were blocked with rubble and the light room was completely destroyed. A temporary light was installed in the ruined structure from August 1946, and the rumors ceased. The lighthouse was repaired and went back into operation in 1951. The lighthouse is maintained by the Japan Coast Guard.
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  • July 1, 2017
    Awesome views and the horses we're very friendly. We tried to keep our distance, but they crossed the street to get to us. Definitely worth the drive and I would do it again.  more »
  • June 29, 2017
    1310 yen from mutsu bus approx. 55 minutes by bus. Is the period of service from 5/1 to 10/31. Closes at 5 pm. Shiriya buses 1, only 3 not so do not make firm timetable was daunting. Shiriya is northernmost Honshu, Japan is shining from the 0/1876 dynasty was is the best sight of wild horses face white siriya lighthouse, blue sea and sky, the green grass on one side and 30 head as the weather is good. Please be careful grazing so big poop falling everywhere.
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  • June 26, 2017
    Wild horses are great, that says it all. Difference between legs are thick and Thoroughbred please I just body is just around the corner and terrible power! Often because it is not fenced in, grazing sometimes block the road. In some way, and brought quite intimidating. Please watch, keeping a reasonable distance so we graze silently unless tampered with.
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  • December 25, 2016
    Nice end of the Cape feeling. Wild horses and extreme weather surround the steadfast lighthouse.
  • May 13, 2016
    Awesome place to see the wild horses. The lighthouse is not open but has a nice view of the ocean and the peninsula. Only one restaurant around. I would recommend coming early so you can visit other places around Mutsu.
  • April 2, 2016
    Such a BEAUTIFUL area with horses and a lighthouse!
  • May 2, 2016
    The horses there are just beautiful
  • March 29, 2014
    Beautiful drive beautiful place. If your stationed in Misawa, you must go.

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