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Tojinbo Tower, Sakai

(2.1/5 based on 65+ reviews on the web)
Tōjinbō is a series of basaltic cliffs on the Sea of Japan in Japan. It is located in the Antō part of Mikuni-chō in Sakai, Fukui Prefecture. The cliffs stretch for 1km.FormationThe cliffs' rocks were originally formed 12- to 13-million years ago during the Miocene Epoch due to various volcanic activities. Their shape has been formed through the years by erosion from sea waves.LegendsOne legend has it that a corrupt Buddhist priest from Heisen-ji, a local temple, so enraged the populace that they dragged him from the temple to the sea and, at Tōjinbō, threw the priest into the sea. His ghost is still said to haunt the area.An alternate legend says that the name Tōjinbō comes from a dissolute Buddhist monk. According to the legend, a Buddhist monk named Tōjinbō, who was disliked by everyone, fell in love with a beautiful princess named Aya. Tōjinbō was tricked by another admirer of Princess Aya and was pushed off these cliffs. The legend says that ever after that time Tōjinbō's vengeful ghost would go on a rampage around the same time every year at this place, causing strong winds and rain. Some decades later, an itinerant priest took pity on Tōjinbō and held a memorial service for him. After that, the storms ceased. SuicidesTōjinbō is also a well-known place in Japan to commit suicide. According to statistics, as many as 25 people commit suicide by jumping off the 70-foot-high cliffs annually, a number which has risen and fallen with Japan's national economic hardships and unemployment rates. In the 2000s, Yukio Shige a retired police officer, frustrated at having had to fish so many bodies out of the sea and the inaction of local authorities, began patrolling the cliffs for potential jumpers. As of 2015 it was reported that he and the volunteers at the NPO he founded have saved over 500 lives.
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  • It is an old lonely building. That seems ever on the rise. One look at from the outside, but also old. It is so very small.
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  • Parking fees and charge Tower and another, more expensive. Tower shops think rice then was better than actually observed near the shore than to devote time to the view from the top.
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  • What you see in other reviews, but didn't. It only had a souvenir store of some exhibits and space-saving. I had to look respectable, just too good. However, parking good location. There are paid 500 yen, better than a free souvenir. I felt that destroy the entire tojinbo atmosphere can also get paid for parking, however, was not a bad feeling.
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  • As in Northern Ireland Giant's Causeway, this is one of the few places in the world where you can see balsaltic columns from volvano eruptions. The place is beautiful and well accomodated. You can enjoy a nice strod along the cliffs, and they are very safe. Many souvenirs shops and restaurants where you can enjoy the crab from the are.
  • If you want to have the place to yourself (not the extra island with ferry), go when everything is closed which is after 5 PM. The last return bus is at 19:21. Needless to say the view is amazing.
  • Dangerous and beautiful
  • Dramatic rock faces facing the Japan sea. There's a great little market street with many seafood vendors.
  • Amazing views! Do not miss this location when passing through Fukui!