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Amakusa/Reihoku Course

Reihoku City is located at Northeast of Amakusa Shimoshima which is located in Southwestern Kumamoto Prefecture. The characteristic of Reihoku Town is Tomioka Peninsula elongated poking in the sea and connects to island by long sand reef. Reihoku Town has known for production area of Amakusa pottery stone as materials of ceramics since the Edo Period. Amakusa ceramics is proudly best both in quality and quantity in Japan, and as material for ceramics, today also it is dispatched from Tomioka Port.
The course also starts at Tomioka Port where Amakusa ceramics are lying everywhere. Upon walking calmly through the path connecting to Tomioka Castle, visitors are welcomed by red shrine gates of small Inari Shrine. When you walk through low steps, you will arrive at Tomioka Castle where main battlefield rose largely, it was called as ”Shimabara Rebellion”. The looks of town which you can overlook from top of the castle, is entirely so peaceful and calm that it lets you forget that there was aggressive fighting. Upon leaving the calm town view and walking along Tomioka Castel wall, the walks of Gongenyama start. Among trees planting in walks, the wind blows cooler than Air conditioner, and during the walk you only hear wave sound, that exactly associate with ”sea’s woodland path in Jeju OLLE 6 courses”. The woodland path of Kyushu edition ends at Tomoika marine Park. It was built in 1960 and Japan’s first nationally designated marine park where the view of Amakusa’s rude sea with rare rocks and cliffs stands spread before your eyes. Upon going down observation deck and passing trail of Tomioka bathing beach, you will come to the town. Among the harmonized town, there are small Japanese sweet shops and delicious smell looms over. It is 140 years old established shop, which the kind looking owner couple have inherited and still managing, they are making/selling Japanese traditional sweets that you cannot taste in Korea. After looking around Literary Monument of Fumiko Hayashi, Japan’s best woman writer in Okanoya Ryokan (inn) and Memorial Monument for victims in ”Shimabara Rebellion”, the course finishes in the center of Hot Spring which would heal your tired body at the end point.

11km
4~5 Hours
Intermediate
Reihoku Commercial & Tourism Department
TEL:0969-35-1111

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