Omura Bay ZEKKEI(Southern Omura Bay Area Cycling Route)
Venture to Omura Bay for Breathtaking Spring Scenery
Omura Bay is also called “Koto-no-Umi” from the calm waves falling on the coastline that reminisce the gently plucked strings of the Japanese instrument. This scenic route includes the area located around Nagasaki Airport which floats in the Bay, providing a view of airplanes flying at low altitudes. The course runs a length of 46 kilometers from the starting point of “Morizono Park” in Omura City to Togitsu Town. “Omura Park” which is located in Omura City, hosts a nationally designated cherry blossom tree, “Omurazakura” as well as about 2,000 other cherry blossom trees, and is well-known as a flower viewing spot. From there, you will continue along the seaside course that overlooks the gentle waters as you travel from Miura to Dozaki. In spring, you will encounter a tunnel of cherry tree blossoms, while in May, the ride boasts a view of tangerine flowers. As you enjoy the ups and downs from start to finish, this cycling route that lets you ride freely is perfect for enjoying the splendor of spring.
The closest park to Nagasaki Airport. You can view airplanes coming and going from the grassy area within the park or the coastline in front of it. This area of the coastline is also called the “glass beach” because on sunny days the glass sand sparkles in different colors, making it a popular photo spot. Within the park is a statue of the Tensho Embassy in Europe, commemorating Japan’s first official delegation to Rome.
A park created from the remains of Kushima Castle, which was used as the residence of the Omura Clan for about 270 years from 1599 to the last days of the Tokugawa shogunate. From the Oteguchi to the Itashiki turret, the magnificent stone wall of that time remains. Selected as both a “100 famous spots for Japanese cherry blossoms” and “Top 100 best historical parks in Japan,” it has become a famous flower spot where you can see about 2,000 cherry blossoms including the nationally designated natural monument "Omura Shrine's Omurazakura," (with over 60 petals blooming in spring) as well as about 300,000 irises in early summer.
Furuko cherry blossoms
This coastline-hugging route goes through rows of cherry blossom trees that line the Furuko district. It also runs parallel to the Nagasaki Main Line (via Nagayo), a charming non-electric local train line without a pantograph. This unique scenery along Omura Bay has been written about in the songs of a famous singer-songwriter from Nagasaki, Masahara Fukuyama, and in the spring, the cherry and rape blossoms make a for a breathtaking view.
If you make a slight detour from the cycling course and head into the peninsula, you will reach Dozakibana which protrudes into Omura Bay. Omura Bay is an inland sea that is about 25 kilometers north to south and about 10 kilometers east to west. The calm water surface of this body of water resembles that of a lake. From the rugged rocky coast, you can experience the feeling of the sea breeze. Also nearby, is the Dozaki ruins where Paleolithic knife-shaped stone tools have been excavated.
A park located along Omura Bay where you can camp and enjoy tide pools. You can leisurely take in the sights of the bay from here. Pay-to-use showers are available at the Shioizaki Exchange Center.