Kabushima Island（Black-tailed Gull Breeding Place）
Located in the northernmost region of Tanesashi Coast, Kabushima has been designated a national natural monument as a breeding site for black-tailed gulls. It is the only place in Japan where you can observe the breeding of black-tailed gulls up close. These gulls, which fly to Kabushima around the beginning of March every year, lay their eggs in April, which then hatch in June. The birds then leave the island in August.
Kabushima used to be a completely isolated island, but reclamation work by the Japanese Imperial Army in 1942 has made the island a peninsula that we see today.
Field mustard blooms on the island around mid-May, and the contrast between the yellow of the flowers, the red of the torii at Kabushima Shrine, and the white gulls against the blue sky create a beautiful spectacle.
|Address||56-2 Aza Same, Oaza Same-machi, Hachinohe City|
|Access||By car: 30 minutes from Hachinohe Station, 20 minutes from downtown Hachinohe, 25 minutes from Hachinohe IC on Hachinohe Expressway
By train: 15-minute walk from Same Station on JR Hachinohe Line
By bus: Tanesashi Kaigan Sightseeing Bus Umineko - "Kabushima Kaihin Koen" stop