Ganryujima (shimonoseki)

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About Ganryujima (shimonoseki), Shimonoseki

Ganryū-jima (巌流島, formerly Funa-jima 船島) is an island in Japan located between Honshū and Kyūshū, and accessible via ferry from Shimonoseki Harbor (下関港). It is famous for the duel between Miyamoto Musashi and Sasaki Kojirō. The small island was named for its boat-like appearance, and later came to be called after the Ganryū kenjutsu school Kojirō had founded. On the island are a few monuments as well as facilities for public gatherings such as an annual tug-of-war. Along the west coast is a walking path, while the other side remains fenced off. New Japan Pro Wrestling held two matches on the island. On October 4, 1987, Antonio Inoki defeated Masa Saito. On December 18, 1991, Hiroshi Hase defeated Tiger Jeet Singh.


Overview of Ganryujima (shimonoseki)

On your visit to Shimonoseki, consider visiting Ganryujima (shimonoseki). Ganryujima (shimonoseki) is not the prime point of interest of Shimonoseki. Although, you can pay a quick visit to it if you are around.

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  • If you know the fight between Musashi and Kojiro, you'd better come. It is fun to travel back and forth by ships.

  • This is the island where Musashi fought his duel with Sasaki Kojiro. If you are interested in Japanese history, it is a good place to go. You can ramble around the island and chill out a little bit.

  • The island is very smal with no shops or anyone living there for long time.The name of the Island was Funejima after the defeat from Musashi the Island name changed to Ganryujima to Honor Sasaki Kojirō who real name was Ganryū Kojirō . The place Is like a big park empty with symbolic grave for Sasaki Kojiro who was defeated by Miyamoto Musashi. You have to get a ferry and takes 10 minutes arrive. Also you can find Statue from this two great Samurais and one boat at the beach where Musashi arrived and fight with Kojiro. (symbolic not the real one) At the duel Musashi arrived late making Kojiro impatient and upseted.Some legends say Kojiro was not able to see Musashi really well because his position looking at the sea at Sunset. what may be the mistake that took his life.but this are all legends.

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  • Famous battle field of Kengo!

  • Not so much to see but if you're interested by samurai you'll enjoyed it !

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