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Omaezaki Lighthouse, Omaezaki

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Omaezaki Lighthouse is a lighthouse located on a hill at the outermost extremity of Cape Omaezaki south of Omaezaki port, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan.A lighthouse was built at Cape Omaezaki as early as 1635, when the Tokugawa Shogunate recognized the frequency of marine accidents on the rocks off the coast of Tōtōmi Province.The Omaezaki Lighthouse was one of the 26 lighthouses to be built in Meiji period Japan by British engineer Richard Henry Brunton. Although not one of the eight lighthouses stipulated specifically by the provisions of the Anglo-Japanese Treaty of Amity and Commerce of 1858, construction was given priority by the Meiji government after a Japanese navy vessel grounded on the rocks off Cape Omaezaki on April 8, 1871. Construction began on May 26, 1872 and the lighthouse was completed on May 1, 1874 at a cost of 25,000 yen. The lighthouse is noteworthy as the first to use a Fresnel lens in Japan.The light was upgraded to a more powerful beam in 1917. During World War II, Omaezaki Lighthouse was bombarded by United States Navy warships, cracking its lens and causing severe damage to its structure. The light was repaired after the end of the war, and its lens upgraded to a third order Fresnel. It went back into operation on March 24, 1949.
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  • Climb the narrow staircase and out onto the observation area. Narrow viewing area is spread out in front of is spectacular. Parking is somewhat narrow, arrived at the local may wait a bit.
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  • This is the lighthouse on the Hill were up the stairs from the shoreline. Climb the spiral staircase is very small, and sometimes put in. I think it is very very narrow so it's slim. Mt. Fuji seen from the Summit, including the Pacific, is the staff.
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  • Free parking is available nearby. Go up stairs and steps, paying 200 yen admission fee at the entrance, purchase a ticket. Look at the view from the top of the lighthouse, is the best. I think it's pretty thrilling to the fear of heights. Lighthouse I have ever been in was the most scary, but good fun. It is very windy so close to the sea. You can immediately next to the Museum, history and old photos.
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