This gorgeous stretch of curving coastline extends twenty-five kilometers from Kumano to Shingu, covered with the beautiful stone known as Mihama pebbles. The drive along the national coastal highway offers a good view of this spectacular scenery.
Shichiri Mihama Beach
Shichirimihama 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.
Against the backdrop of a forest of black pines and other seacoast species of trees, the broad cobble beach draws a gentle arc and beautifully showcases the white waves of the Pacific Ocean.
It is also known as a beach where loggerhead turtles come ashore. Since Shichirimihama is a breeding ground for loggerhead sea turtles, vehicles are restricted from entering the beach area during the egg-laying and hatching season, which extends from May to September.
Kumano Fireworks Display
Held every August 17, this famous fireworks display has a history of over 300 years. With the Kumano-nada Sea as a backdrop, over 10,000 fireworks are launched from boats to light up the summer night sky. The sound of fireworks echoing off the rock face of Onigajo makes these fireworks unique.
Experience Japanese History through the townscape 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. It is the biggest fireworks festival in Mie Prefecture and one of the most famous shows in Japan.
Address and Contact:
Shichiri Mihama Beach Kinomotocho, Kumano City (Kumano-shi), Mie 519-4323 Japan Getting There: Fireworks Display is north end of the Shichiri Mihama beach in Kumano. Five minutes by bus from JR Kumano station to Onigajo higashiguchi stop. Shichiri Mihama Beach is 5-minute walk from Kumano-shi Station on JR Line or Near JR Atawa station in Mihama town (Mihama-cho), Minamimuro District (Minamimuro-gun).
Contact – Kumano City Hall, Tourism & Sports Exchange Division or Kumano City Tourism Association