One of Japan's largest mudflats—bearing abundant gifts
The mudflats are home to a wide variety of creatures
The Ariake Sea, an inland sea that extends to four prefectures in the Kyushu region, is known for having Japan's largest mudflats due to the large number of rivers carrying vast amounts of sand into the sea. As the tidal variations are significant and the soil is rich, not only are the mudflats a great source of fish, but seaweed is also cultivated extensively. Seaweed farmed in Arao City has proven to be popular for its high quality. The mudflats are home to mud shrimp and clams, which can be caught, and they are also home to large numbers of mudflat dwelling creatures such as mudskippers.
One of Japan's largest migratory bird stopover sites
The Ariake Sea is also known as one of Japan's largest migratory bird stopover sites for a wide variety of birds and often referred to as the Migratory Birds Oasis. At times, endangered species of migratory birds can be spotted.
The environmentally rich mudflats of the Ariake Sea will be the subject of an application for registration with the Ramsar Convention, which is an international treaty for the conservation of wetlands that are important habitats for water birds.The Ariake Sea not only brings the rich gifts of the sea, but also it is known for its calm, picturesque appearance. The daytime view across the sea of majestic Mt. Unzen in Nagasaki Prefecture is well worth viewing, but we also highly recommend visiting at sunset as the sun sets into the Ariake Sea painting the water gold.
Take a leisurely walk and immerse yourself in nature
The view from the summit is breathtaking!
Located east of Arao City, Mt. Shodai has been conserved as Shodai-san Prefectural Natural Park. As there are walking tracks that are a part of the Kyushu nature trail and extends to seven prefectures within Kyushu, the park is a popular place for walkers seeking a pleasant walk without the need for serious equipment. There are three walking tracks, each of which offer the opportunity to enjoy seasonal scenery, such as flowers and autumn leaves, while the view from the summit is magnificent. To the west is the Ariake Sea and Mt. Unzen and to the east is a panoramic view of the majestic Mt. Aso Range.