Makizaki Wind Park

Basalt coastline and grassy, flowery trails

By Tristan Scholze    - 1 min read

This island cape extending into the Sea of Japan is a small, rare, and curious ecosystem you can readily enjoy. From the free parking lot at the end of the road, stroll straight up the path through what was once ancient pasture. Here, the landscape becomes mostly green, with the grasses growing shorter and shorter toward the shore. The area is windswept and lined with hard igneous rock at the water’s edge. There are no trees here, just small, scrubby bushes and hearty flowers in this harsh environment. The breeze also brings beauty in from the deep to Tsunoshima in the form of nami-no-hana, or “flowering” wave crests, especially during the winter.

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Tristan Scholze

Tristan Scholze @tristan.scholze

I'm also known as Faer Out. I love learning about people and nature. I've traveled around the world and throughout Japan, and I hope to continue seeing and experiencing the wonder of this planet as long as I live.Based in Japan for nearly two decades, I'm the Regional Partner here for Fukuoka and Saga Prefectures. In addition to my work at JapanTravel, I have a language school called Rainbow Bridges English Academy in Fukuoka and am very interested in teaching, languages, communication, and photography, among other things. Recently, I've been a guest host on NHK World's J-Trip Plan for Caving Adventures in Western Japan as well as Exploration for Black Gold.I love heading downtown to meet up with friends for a night out as well as being able to hop on my motorcycle and be riding through forest-covered mountains or to sandy beaches in 20 minutes. This area is very photogenic and even after years of exploration, there are still plenty of places to discover each weekend! My photographs are available for purchase on iStock, Shutterstock, and Dreamstime or by contacting me.Please contact me if you have any questions about travel in Japan. I'd also be grateful for any follows on social media!