Nature

Hetsuka Beach

Hetsuka Beach is the most beautiful and isolated beach in Kimotsuki and arguably in all of Ohsumi Peninsula. Located in the remote coastal area in the south, the small community is nestled between mountains thick with vegetation and home to wild monkeys and boar. In the summer, Hetsuka is nesting ground for sea turtles.

Serene, beautiful, and quiet

Serene, beautiful, and quiet

Japanese people usually only visit the beach for fun during the month of July, so the rest of the year you will rarely see any one, save for a fisherman or two out on the rocks. If you come to Kimotsuki in the spring or autumn when the temperature is perfect, you can have a piece of paradise all to yourself.

A river cuts through the beach emptying into the Pacific Ocean. The small community can be seen on the right.

If you walk through the community and continue walking on the little trail leading up to the mountains, you see two small shrines along the trail. The first one you see is a very small and primitive-looking shrine, called “Yama-no-kami” or “Mountain God” where you might actually feel the presence of some kind of divine energy.

The Mountain God Shrine

The Mountain God Shrine

You also see strips of land, some of which used to be rice paddies or vegetable fields. Because of depopulation in the area, these fields are no longer in use or have become citrus fruit orchards or apiaries.