Sunset at Okoshiki Beach

Beautiful mud flats and a mysterious vanishing causeway

By Masayoshi Hirose    - 1 min read

There was one place I dreamed of visiting for a long long time...the mudflats on Okoshiki Beach in Uto city, Kumamoto.

This mudflat is most clearly seen during the spring tide when the tidal range is the greatest. The beautiful regular pattern of the mudflat stretching  offshore is a sight to behold. However, to create this scenery you definitely need a beautiful sunset in the background.

The other must-see spot is the 'Nagabeta Kaisho Road' nearby. At this beach, the spring tide rises as much as four meters. Naturally, ships can't sail out at low tide. The causeway was built to reach ships anchored off the coast by car, and designed to be completely submerged at high tide.  Street lights illuminate the underwater road, and the only thing visible is the brightly-lit water surface...what a magical sight!

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Takako Sakamoto

Takako Sakamoto @takako.sakamoto

I was born in and grew up in Tokushima prefecture, and have lived in many places since then: Nishinomiya, Kyoto, Nara, Mie, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Fukuoka and Fukui. I am currently living in Yokohama City. All the places I lived, all the places I visited, I have loved dearly. The historical places where people lived, loved, suffered, and fought - places where I can still hear their heartbeats - mesmerize me. I'd like to retrace the footsteps of the people who lived in Japan a long long time ago, and introduce to you what they left behind on this soil.  

Original by Masayoshi Hirose