It is an excellent panorama view point at the west end of the Main Island of Japan. We look down the Kanmon channel passing between the Main Island and Kyusyu Island. The great Kanmon Bridge is just in front and the Dan-no-Ura path is at our foot where a number of vessels go through every hour in the day taking care of the rapid ocean flow in the narrow channel. The channel is the place of two major historical events, that is the two sea battles which highlight the beginning and the end of warrior's government of 600 years in this country, the Dan-no-ura battle in 12th century and the battle against the England navy by local warrior's forces in 150 years ago. In the left hand we see the calm Setonaikai Ocean continuing to the east.
From the Shimonoseki station, we can reach the Hi-no-Yama panorama view point, taking a bus and ropeway.
The tragic story of the Dan-no-Ura battle is described in Heike Monogatari, one of the most famous Japanese medieval literature and it says the defeated warriors sank themselves under the rapid flow of the channel, including the infant Emperor whom they took as a hostage. Many historical sites remains in the area and the bus from the station pass through the such major sites.
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