Jodogaura Coast

Large Photo:The clear seawater of Jodogaura
Large Photo:Sea kayaking
Large Photo:The eroded coastline of Jodogaura
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Nature and History

On the eroded coastline of Jodogaura, visitors can observe geological layers dating to 26 million years ago, when the Sea of Japan was still a land-locked lake. Legend has it that when the Zen monk Ikkyu (1394–1481) visited, he was so impressed by its extraordinary scenery and crystal-clear water that he named the area “Jodo,” after the western paradise in Pure Land Buddhism, hence the name Jodogaura. Various bird species such as peregrine falcons (Falco peregrinus), ospreys (Pandion haliaetus), and the Pacific swift (Apus Pacificus) can be seen on the rocky beach, cliff, pine-covered islets, and rock formations.


Jodogaura has several walking trails offering picturesque views of the sea and islets along the coast. As a well-protected marine park, the area is also perfect for snorkeling and sea kayaking. There is a campsite with showers and toilets near the coast.


To Saigo Port, it takes about 40 minutes from Yonago Airport to Shichirui Port by bus and about 2.5 hours from Shichirui Port by ferry. To Oki Airport, it takes about 30 minutes from Izumo Airport by plane or about 50 minutes from Osaka International Airport (Itami Airport) by plane. From Saigo Port or Oki Airport, it takes about 45 minutes to Jodogaura Coast by car.