Fukui's Tojinbo Cliffs

Beauty and tragedy at the Sea of Japan

By Larry Knipfing   May 18, 2012 - 1 min read

The Tojinbo Cliffs are truly beautiful. Jutting out into the Japan Sea, they are at once, both beatiful and tragic. The beauty part is easy to understand. Just look and see and fall in love. The tragedy comes from the fact that it is a favorite suicide jumping spot for those who no longer care to live - 25 or so per year. The cliffs, situated near the sleepy town of Mikuni, are easily Fukui Prefecture's biggest tourist draw.

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Larry Knipfing

Larry Knipfing @Larry Knipfing

Born on Long Island, New York in 1958, I have spent the last 30+ years of my life living in Japan, and enjoying every minute of it! I especially love photography, and Japan is definitely one of the most beautiful places in the world to photograph! (Visit my online gallery) My other love is fiction writing and I have published quite a few books that take place in Japan. Fun stuff! You can find them at my Amazon Author's Page. In addition to my writing, I have mainly been working in the field of corporate training, and at the same time have done a lot of photography. *Kamakura, and now Yokohama (both in Kanagawa Prefecture) have been my home for almost twenty years and are perfect places for me: Hilly, situated on the water, and with amazing histories. The rest of Kanagawa is equally amazing and includes the great Hakone onsen and spa area.  *Tochigi Prefecture, with World Heritage site Nikko, is one of the most beautiful places in the world, and not far from Tokyo.  *Fukui Prefecture, located in central Japan on the coast of the Japan Sea, is brimming with classic Japanese culture and great natural beauty everywhere you look. I really look forward to sharing ALL of Japan's beauty and magic with all of you. Website: www.larryknipfing.com Contact me: larry.knipfing@japantravel.com