Onigajo (Demon’s Castle)/Shishiiwa (Lion Rock), Kumano City (Kumano-shi)


The rugged one-kilometer coastline facing Kumano-nada Sea was created by earthquakes and powerful wave erosion. According to Legends, Oni a monster of ancient Japan lived in the rugged cliff-face now called Onigajo (Demon’s Castle), and the various caves that look out to sea still seem to offer a perfect dwelling place for demons. The cliff also features a huge rock 25 meters high that resembles a lion looking out to sea. There is a cafe on one side which is in the perfect spot for viewing. A hiking course which connects with the old Kumano Road is provided.

Shichiri Mihama Beach extends from Onigajo, famous for its sea cliffs in Kumano City, Mie Prefecture, to the mouth of the Kumano River and comprises a straight-line coastal area that is rare for the Ise Peninsula, which is primarily bordered by a sawtooth coastline.


Kumano Fireworks Festival

Experience Japanese History through town scape of each year and traditional culture. In recent years the self-exploding Onigajo fireworks of Shichiri Mihama Beach shoreline have become famous, becoming the Kumano Road’s greatest poetic charm to summer. About 10,000 fireworks are used. More Details: Kumano Fireworks Display

Address and Contact:

Onigajo (Demon’s Castle)/Shishiiwa (Lion Rock) Kinomotocho, Kumano City (Kumano-shi), Mie Prefecture 519-4323, Japan

Getting There: Five minutes by bus from JR Kumano station to Onigajo higashiguchi stop.

Kumano City Hall, Tourism & Sports Exchange Division

TEL: 0597-89-4111 FAX: 0597-89-3742

E-mail: kuma…@city.kumano.mie.jp

Website: http://www.city.kumano.mie.jp/

Kumano City Tourism Association

TEL: 0597-89-0100 FAX: 0597-89-0100

Website: http://www.kankomie.or.jp/

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