Hita, set in deep countryside in the west of Oita, is at the centre of northern Kyushu. Serving as…
On the north side of Kunisaki betwixt Matama Sunset Café and Imi lies Nagasakibana, a long, finger-like peninsula jutting out into the Seto Inland Sea. Here the locals first took revival into their own hands turning fallow and overgrown fields into attractive flower meadows that subsequently spawned a boutique organically-grown edible rapeseed and sunflower oil industry. The 2013 Kunisaki Art Project added to their sterling efforts bringing Yoko Ono’s 13 stone “Invisible Benches” and Choi Jeonghwa’s “Iro Iro Iro” raised wooden viewing platform. Since then, more artwork has joined the collection including work by Toda Yuusuke, Fujisawa Sadami, Mori Takaya and Fujimoto Yukio, as well as the immersively intriguing The Art Museum of Nature and Human Non-Homogeneity.
The Peninsula has wonderful views over the Seto Inland Sea to Honshu, and a delightful sandy beach overlooked by a homely Italian restaurant, where local gifts including the oil are sold. Explore the peninsula on foot and you will not only come across Nagasakibana’s artwork but also a magical cove, where a stone Buddha has been venerated by the locals for centuries. Charming small cabins are also available for holiday lets. Some of these are decorated on the outside by the whimsically intriguing artwork by Fujisawa Sadami.
At a glance
A small peninsula that attracts families and art lovers alike.