The Ariake Sea is a body of salt water surrounded by Fukuoka, Saga, Nagasaki and Kumamoto Prefectures. It is the largest bay in Kyushu. Its deepest point is only about 50 m deep but extreme tides exceed 4 m. It is used for aquaculture with seaweed being a major product.
Various species of fauna including mud skippers, shellfish and crab live in the Ariake Sea. The views from Mount Unzen are spectacular with Kumamoto and the nearby Mount Aso area visible on a clear day.
Check out the Ariake Sea on a map!
Amazing view of the Ariake Sea