Onigajo is a tuff quay of about 1.2km marine caves shaved by wild waves of Kumano Sea, located in the southern tip of the ria coast starting from Iseshima. It had been added to UNESCO World Heritage List as a part of “Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range” in July 7th 2004 .
The entrances of the marine caves are mostly sharp-pointed like hawk’s beaks. In the ceiling there are wind erosion marks like honeycombs, and in the floor there are flat shelves like a plate. Among the Onigajo area, Senjojiki, a two-stair cavern near the east entrance, is the must-see place.
This time, I will challenge to see the starry sky from this huge cavern.
We could not shoot day photos because of the schedule, but the photo above shows how the caves look like. Please be careful when you visit, since there are no bars.
(Photo credit: PIXTA)
Inside the cave was much larger than I expected. Comparison with the size of human would give you the idea. The ocean is very close, and the wave sounds echo comfortably inside the cave.
For sighting stars, we visited the site on “New Moon” day. Walking from the parking to the caves, our eyes got used to the darkness, and we were so ready to see the starry sky!
Calming ourselves down and turning the light off, we looked up outside the cave…there was a beautiful starry sky like jewelry, surrounded by the darkness!! I released the shutter so many times, thinking “Can’t believe we are looking at such a beautiful starry sky at 0 above sea level, just near houses…”
The sceneries I visited for “Shiho’s Breathtaking Scenery Guide ~Mie ver.~” (Ago Bay and Onigajo) were chosen as the design of Mie Prefectural government’s official name cards! If you meet someone new in Mie and exchange name cards, please have a look at the back♪
▼To enjoy the sceneries of Onigajo, please contact “Onigajo Cneter.”▼
・Address：1835-7 Kinomoto-cho, Kumano-shi, Mie Prefecture 519-4323 Japan