Setoshirube/Red Lighthouse

Kita Tomomi

Oct 9, 2017

Sunport Takamatsu is a redevelopment district that consists of the Takamatsu Port in Takamatsu City, as well as a passenger terminal for trains and ship. But that’s not all. There are many parks, hotels and other facilities for travelers.

When you are here, don’t miss the famous Akatoudai (also commonly known as Setoshirube), the world’s first glass lighthouse, and an important landmark of Sunport Takamatsu. Well, it’s hard to miss it, because it lights up in red when it gets dark, unlike your usual lighthouse. Standing at 14.2 metres tall, it has watched over the surrounding sea for a long, long time. This spot is considered a mecca for couples, and just recently in 2016, it was named “love lighthouse” by the Nippon Romantist Association. In the same year, it was certified as one of the three greatest lighthouses by the General Incorporated Association YAKEI Convention & Visitors Bureau.

To me, it looks a lot like a giant candle shining warmly in the dark. Without a doubt, the lighthouse looks beautiful when you see it from the sea, but we recommend you to view it in town, especially during twilight.

高松市にある高松港(Takamatsukou)を構成する再開発地区(Saikaihatsuchiku)であるサンポート高松には、海陸交通ターミナルや、公園、ホテルなどの様々な施設が集まっています。その中でもサンポート高松のシンボルとして有名な赤灯台(Akatoudai/Red lighthouse)、通称「せとしるべ」(Setoshirube)は、世界で初めて建てられたガラスの灯台です。高さは14.2メートル。今もなお海の安全を守り続けています。赤灯台の特徴は、従来の灯台とは違って灯台全体が赤く光ることです。ガラス越しに赤い光を漏らすそのさまは、まさに温かいロウソクのよう。海からの眺望ももちろん美しいですが、高松市内から眺める穏やかな明かりも格別です。街から海をバックに眺める際は夕暮れ時がおすすめです。赤灯台は平成28年8月に、日本ロマンチスト協会から「恋する灯台」に認定されました。また、同年10月には夜景観光コンベンションビューローより「日本三大夜灯台」に認定され、カップルの聖地ともされています。

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