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Mitsukejima

Mitsukejima

Visitors can see this peculiar shaped island rising out of the sea right in front of a beach in Suzu. Because of its peculiar shape, it's become a popular symbol of Noto Peninsula. The island is also known as 'Battleship Island (Gunkan-jima)' since the front portion of this rock island, which rises out of the water, looks like the prow of a battleship. A legend has it that when the great monk Kukai came to Noto from the island of Sado, this battleship rock was the first thing that he set his eyes upon and that's why the island was given the name 'Mitsukejima' which literally means "An Island found". On a clear day, visitors can also see the distant Tateyama Alps from Mitsukejima beach.

Source: http://www.hot-ishikawa.jp/

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