Declare your undying love — or just enjoy the view.
🌟 This location is in Niigata Prefecture — GaijinPot Travel’s No. 1 place to visit in 2018! 🥇
Make your way up the cliff to where thousands of couples have declared their love.
Within the scenic countryside of Niigata Prefecture lies Lovers’ Point, a heart-studded attraction in Kashiwazaki. Located on a dramatic cliff, the spot gives you an epic view of the Sea of Japan below — and a sunset if you’re lucky. Lovers’ Point, or Koibito Misaki in Japanese, and spots like it, are popular around Japan, but few offer such a boundless view over the Fukura Coast.
The story behind Lovers’ Point revolves around a love-sick woman who drowned on one of her nightly risky travels from Sado Island to meet her lover in Kashiwazaki. He, in turn, took his own life. Now, couples praying for undying love come to Lovers’ Point to secure a successful marriage. But, on a lighter note, you can also come just for a cute tourist spot.
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After locking your love up, and then ringing the overhanging “love bells,” take a stroll in Yoneyama-Fukura-Hakkei Prefectural Natural Park, where grass is groomed with heart shapes. Then, grab some original sweet potato gelato and peach cider in the souvenir shop. To indulge in fresh local seafood, either walk or drive back down to the Nihonkai Fisherman’s Cape, a famous local fish market. Stop by the Seaport and Musician Doll museums in the vicinity, too, if you are a fan of antiques. The nearby Hotel Seaport even has outdoor baths to soak in with the evening’s sunset colors.
Other local landmarks include the 3,255-foot-tall Mount Yoneyama and Yoneyama Ohashi bridge. With or without a significant other, this picturesque Lovers’ Point and surrounding area is a memorable way to let the chains of love surround you.