Cape of Higashi Henna Zaki is rated on eof the most beautiful places on Miyakojima ( Miyako Island) and voted as one of f Japan’s top 100 scenic spots. It was a short 15-20 minutes drive away from our resort and thank goodness it was sunny as an hour later it was pouring down with rain. So beware if you are visiting during the winter months as it is rainy season and rather windy.
There is a legend of the Higashi-Henna-zaki (East Henna Cape) 東平安名崎
“In addition to its natural beauty, the cape is also famous for the tragic love story of a chieftain named Nugusuku-Anji and a stunning young girl, Mamuya. According to the legend, Mamuya and Anji fell in love and began a relationship. But Anji already had a family and betrayed Mamuya. Mamuya threw herself off of the cliffs at Higashi Henna Zaki. There is a tomb dedicated to her that is located near the entrance to the cape. In some versions of the story, Mamuya hoped that no girl would have to face the same pain as she did, and so she prayed that “No girls with pretty faces would ever be born on the island again” before jumping off the cliffs. Whether this haunting legend is true or not, there is nothing at all far-fetched about the romantic feelings that Henna Zaki often brings out in the people who visit.” from www.nanseirakuen.com
Near the car park was a huge green field with a somewhat playground, I actually had fun going on the swings. There is also a rest area with a public bathroom which is immaculate like all the places in Japan. Following the path, we walked towards the end of the cape where the lighthouse is. The scenery was so beautiful, blue skies and emerald sea, we really took our time to absorb in the nature.
We saw so many families and lovers taking selfies, there were more Japanese visitors than foreigners like us, this proves how beautiful this place really is. Despite being so peaceful and beautiful it is, it was ridiculously windy, my hair was everywhere, I regret terribly for not bringing a hairband to tie up my hair.
These rocks were my favourite spot! I must have snapped 50 odd pictures of this, reminds me of the The Twelve Apostles in Australia, except when I visited, it was gloomy and dark. The scenery was so mesmerizing, you won’t believe how clear the water is, I would jump right in if I could swim.
It was another 2 minutes walk to the lighthouse which is situated at the end of the cape. I saw visitors walking down from the lighthouse but I opted out as it was too windy to even stand upright. The lighthouse was rather disappointing so we decided to make way back to carpark and we took the side path which led to more beautiful scenery.
Higashi-Henna-zaki (East Henna Cape) 東平安名崎
Japan, 〒906-0101 Okinawa Prefecture, Miyakojima, 城辺保良
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