Must rent a car or take the bus. About a 2 hour drive from Izuhara port and about a 20 minute drive from Hitakatsu port.
Tsushima Wildlife Conservation Center
Saozaki is in the downstream region of the Sago River, Tsushima's largest, and is known here and abroad as the habitat of precious plants and animals. Among other things, the Wildlife Center explains the fear of extinction of the Tsushima Leopard Cat species and its current status, while actively working to expand public awareness, understanding, and concern for preserving wildlife. The center opened in 1997 as an institution to carry out comprehensive research studies on this subject.
URL: Tsushima Wildlife Conservation Center (English)
The park is located 49.5km away from the city of Busan, Korea. Depending on weather conditions, the mountains and night view of Busan are visible across the sea. The park is 72ha in size and contains remains of gun batteries and the Tsushima Wildlife Conservation Center. It also includes a peace plaza, small stream garden area, natural camellia garden, and stone monument that shows the location is the north-westernmost point in Japan.
Senbyomaki, meaning "sowing a thousand bags of seeds," is a mountain covered in wild grass, a rare occurrence on Tsushima. The mountain was thought to be large enough to be able to sow a thousand bags of wheat and buckwheat seeds, thus earning its name.
In ancient times, soldiers garrisoned on Tsushima prepared for a foreign enemy's possible invasion by arranging signal fires. Mt. Senbyomaki was the starting point of the signal fire relay.
※ There are two wind turbines however, unfortunately they have been disabled.
Tenjin Takuzudama Shrine
This is an ancient shrine in a forest with a sacred stone used as a dwelling place for gods. The area is believed to be a place for where gods of heaven and Earth are deified. The Sago area of Kamiagata and the Tsutsu area of Izuhara are famous for worshiping priest Tendo. The story is included in Japan's "Three main Truths" which was recorded in the 12th year of the Jogan Era (870).
The district of Kamiagata's peak has been revered from ancient times as a sacred mountain. The mountain is famous for its thickly grown primeval forest untouched by human hands, and as a migration point for white-tailed eagles. A 1920 survey confirmed that the phantom bird "kitataki" (Tristram's woodpecker) inhabited the area. Subsequently, although people have heard their calls and the rustle of the trees, they are no longer seen, and it is thought that they've gone extinct.