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Matsushima – Japan’s Smallest Park

20May 2013 tomocchi
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Did you know that the smallest park in Japan can be found right here in Nagasaki Prefecture?



Matsushima is about 10 minutes by boat from Seto Port, Ohsetocho, Saikai City.



The circumference of this peaceful island is just 16km, and although there are cars, there are no traffic lights.



From the Taisho era (1912-1926) to the Showa Era (1926-1989), the island flourished thanks to the coal-mining industry. Even now, relics of the coal-mining era can still be found.



And this is Japan’s smallest park!



The park is located on the western side of the island.


There is a fence around the park, which contains a wooden bench for 3 people and a palm tree.



The park is about 5 meters square and I covered the distance from the entrance to the exit in about 8 paces! (^^;)



Some people might wonder if a space this small can really be called a park, but apparently, the definition of a park is simply that it has a bench and a tree.
(If pushed, I’m afraid I can’t answer any better than that!)


Anyhow, this park has magnificent scenery that would beat any other, larger park!!



Unfortunately, it was hazy on the day I visited, but the park usually offers a superb view over the Goto-nada Sea.



A view of the vast ocean from the tiny park
At twilight, watching the sun sink below the horizon, I had the view all to myself (*´∇`*)



I think that anyone viewing this wonderful scene from the smallest park in Japan would be deeply moved!!



Why not take a boat excursion and drop by this special place? (^▽^)/



↓Information for boats to Matsushima



Enquiries: NPO Saikai City Tourist Association

Tel: 0959-37-5833


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