"Tastes of JAPAN by ANA" is a regional vitalization project that collaborates with the different prefectures in Japan to present the Land of the Rising Sun in all of its diverse glory.
Kamigoto (Shinkamigoto town) is located at the western end of Kyushu in southern Japan and the northern part of Goto in Nagasaki. Many of the 67 islands are designated as part of Saikai National Park. The beautiful nature and the sunset over the East China Sea are must-see sights.
In the past whaling was popular and the "whale watching mountain" and the "whaling memorial tower," where a watch-house was located, remain. You can also learn about the history and culture of whaling at the "Geihinkan Museum". The "Meizaiten", held in January, began when whaling was popular and is a festival dedicated to the guardian goddess Benzaiten. Passed down for over 300 years, it's a traditional event in which people go around to homes in matching kimonos singing celebratory songs and playing taiko drums from early morning.
Inside is beautifully decorated with flowers and is also called "Hana (Flower) Mido Cathedral. " "Kashiragashima village", including Kashiragashima Church, is a World Heritage Site.
"Goto Hand-pulled Udon (Japanese noodles)" is a famous representative item of Kamigoto. It is characterized by it's thinness, yet it is firm and doesn't stretch easily.
|Web Sites||(In Japanese) http://www.gotokanko.jp/|
|Address||428-31 Arikawago, Shinkamigoto-cho Minamimatsuura-gun, Nagasaki|
|Access||Access to Shinkamigoto-cho Bayside Place HAKATA port (Hakata-ku, Chikkohon-machi) to Aokata (late night departure, early next morning arrival)|
|Inquiries||TEL: 0959-42-0964 (Shinkamigoto Town Tourist Association)|