Sakurai Futamigaura Meoto-iwa Rocks Futamigaura Beach
Sakurai Futamigaura is located to the north of the city, with the Meoto-iwa rocks located in the water at 150 meters offshore.
This area, owned by Sakurai Shrine (a prefectural asset), is revered as a sacred place. Every May, during low tides, a 30 meter-long, one ton shimenawa rope is tied around the area to mark it off as sacred.
These two rocks are 11.2 and 11.8 meters tall; in winter, the rough waves of the Genkai Sea splash past and create a magnificent view. In spring, the gentle water laps at the face of the rocks and seems to suggest the shape of a couple. In olden days, the formation was thought to be the entrance to the palace of the Dragon King.
Dubbed Futamigaura when in reference to the morning sun and Chikuzen-Futamigaura for the view at sunset, this area is particularly beautiful when seeing the setting sun sink between the Meoto-iwa rocks.
AddressShimasakurai, Itoshima-shi, Fukuoka Prefecture