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Tojinbo Cliffs

Tōjinbō (東尋坊) is a scenic spot in Fukui Prefecture along the Sea of Japan coast known for its pillarlike joints of pyroxene andesite thrust up twenty-five metres high from the sea. It is part of the Echizen-Kaga Kaigan Quasi-National Park (越前加賀海岸国定公園 Echizen-Kaga Kaigan Kokutei Kōen).

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The area of Tōjinbō is located on an 80-metre high plateau named Jingaoka (陣ケ岡) that was formed some 500,000 years ago. The plateau and the surrounding cliffs consist of sedimentary layers of mudstone, sandstone, conglomerate, tuff as well as various types of hard andesite. Andesite erodes at a much slower pace than other sedimentary layers, leaving behind the carved-out pentagonal and hexagonal pillars which are characteristic for the spectacular coastline of Tōjinbō, Oshima Island (雄島), and the Echizen Matsushima islands.

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The cliffs of Tojinbo with O Island (雄島...
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