Island Spots in Japan

  • Enoshima
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    Kanagawa Pref. Fujisawashi Enoshima
    Enoshima is a tied island connected to the mainland via a sandbar. Known for its picturesque scenery since ancient times, the island is also home to Enoshima-jinja Shrine and numerous other historic Shinto shrines. Sightseeing spots have continued to accrue on the island over time, including the Samuel Cocking Garden as well as a stone monument dedicated to the 1964 Olympics. The Enoshima Sea Candle lighthouse, which is lit up beautifully at night, is a more recent addition. In times past and today, Enoshima remains a popular tourist destination visited by countless travelers.

    We took the nostalgic Enoden train from Kamakura station to Enoshima Island, and walked a short distance through town and across the causeway to Enoshima Island. The causeway was very breezy and...

  • A Paradise for Subtropical Plants Yubujima
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    Okinawa Yaeyama-gun Taketomicho Komi 689
    "This remote island belongs to the Yaeyama Islands southwest of Okinawa Main Island. It is located just east of Iriomote Island, and you can go back and forth between these islands on a water buffalo cart that travels across the long shallow sea. On the island, where there is a rich natural environment with lush subtropical plants, you will find the butterfly park, where you can observe pupa of Japan's largest butterfly ""tree nymph butterfly"" sparkling in gold color, a water buffalo pond where water buffalo rest, a bougainvillea garden, restaurants and shops as well."

    We visited this small island as we were in Iriomote island. I think most of people participate optional tour but we went there by ourselves. To get there at first you need to move to the water...

  • Awaji Island
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    Hyogo Prefecture Awaji City, Kushimoto City, Minamiawaji City
    An island located on the eastern side of the Seto Inland Sea. The island is famous for the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, the longest suspension bridge in the world, and for the Naruto whirlpools, said to be the biggest whirlpools in the world. There's also a hot spring district with numerous bathhouses and inns where visitors can stay or enjoy a day trip at the baths. The island is known as Miketsu-kuni (a food treasure trove) known for having supplied numerous tasty foodstuffs and dishes to the Imperial court since ancient times. The island's Awaji beef, the progenitor breed of famous Matsusaka beef, strikes an exquisite balance between rich fat and meat. Japanese spiny lobster, an exquisite delicacy, is in season on the island from summer through fall.
  • Jogashima Island
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    Kanagawa Pref. Miurashi Misakimachi Jougashima
    Jogashima Island is located at the southern tip of the Miura Peninsula. It's the largest natural island in Kanagawa Prefecture. A habitat for Japanese cormorants, pelagic cormorants, and eastern reef herons, it's been designated a prefectural Natural Monument. Jogashima Prefectural Park occupies the eastern half of the island and is known for its daffodils. Many people visit in January when the island holds its Daffodil Festival. Yae daffodils are at their peak during this time, and there are also performances of kaibo jinya drumming and soran-bushi. They sell special items like jinyajiru soup too.
  • Kino Matsushima
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    Wakayama Higashimuro-gun Nachikatsuuracho Katsuura
    The boarding location for this tour boat is located approximately a five-minute walk from the JR Kii-Katsuura Station. It visits the unusual rock formations scattered outside Katsuura Port. The name, Kinomatsushima, refers to the beauty of the location, which is comparable to that of Matsushima, one of the three most scenic spots in Japan. Customers can board two types of tour boat and visit around the unusual shaped islands such as the Camel rock which has the camel-like hump as the name suggests, the Lion Island with green bushes on the top which looks like mane of a lion , the Cave of Tsurushima Island, the Yamanari Island where Taira no Koremori is said to have drowned himself. The course of the tour boats may change depending on the season and weather.

    I was snapping photos, hoping some came out while shooting into the sun, but the landscape was outstanding.

  • Shodoshima Island
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    Kodo-cho, Shodojima-cho, Shodo-gun, Kagawa prefecture
    Floating in the Seto Inland Sea with its groves of olive trees, Shodoshima Island was also the stage for Sakae Tsuboi’s novel, Twenty Four Eyes. There is a whole host of things to do on the island including the Twenty Four Eyes Movie Village, the Olive Park, and the Nakayamano Tanada (terraced rice paddies), known as one of the best 100 rice terraced fields in Japan.
  • Port Island
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    Hyogo Pref. Koubeshi Chuou-ku Minatojima / Konoshima Nakamachi/Konoshimanamachi
    This man-made island was built in 1981 and features large residences, commercial facilities, hotels, a convention center, a sports center, educational facilities, and many other urban amenities. You’ll also find the large interior goods store “IKEA Kobe,” a planetarium, the Kobe Science Museum, the Kobe Animal Kingdom, where visitors can interact with flowers, birds, and other wildlife, and a host of other facilities. It’s popular as a shopping and leisure spot on days off. Kobe Airport is on the west side of the island, and it functions as one of the entrances to Kansai. The unmanned “Port Liner” operates from Sannomiya.
  • Tsunoshima Island
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    Yamaguchi Pref. Shimonosekishi Houhokuchoutsunoshima
    This is a small island with a circumference of 17.1 kilometers and is located in the Sea of Japan and is part of Shimonoseki City, Yamaguchi Prefecture. The 1780 meter long Tsunoshima Ohashi Bridge is suspended between Tsunoshima Island and the mainland. Tsunoshima Lighthouse is located at Yumega Cape which is situated in the north-west of the island, and it stands at a height of 29.6 meters. It is possible to climb up to the landing of the spiral staircase. In addition, Yumesakinami Park which is adjacent to Tsunoshima Lighthouse park is a great scenic spot where you can see the evening sun setting in the Sea of Japan.
  • Miyako Island
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    Okinawa Pref. Miyakojimashi
    Miyako Island is located about 300 kilometers southwest of the main island of Okinawa. It has picturesque scenery such as the cape of Higashi-hennazaki and the Ikema Ohashi Bridge and its contrast of the cobalt blue seas and the white sandy beaches is beautiful. Also, in the northern district of Miyako Island is “Yabiji”, which is regarded as Japan’s largest coral reef community, and is popular as a diving and a snorkeling spot.
  • Kouri Island
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    Okinawa Pref. Kunigamigunnakijinson Kouri
    Kouri Island is located north of the main island of Okinawa, Yagaji Island. It is surrounded by emerald green seas, with a circumference of about eight kilometers. In 2005, the Kouri Bridge opened to connect the island with Yagaji Island, becoming a remote island that could now be reached by car from the main island. There are old houses and fields of sugar cane on the island, and the original Okinawan landscape remains remarkably unchanged. From ancient times, it has been given the names, “Love Island” and “God’s Island”, so there are also a lot of couples who visit this island.
  • Midori no Shima
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    Hokkaido Hakodate-shi Omachi 15
    Located a three-minute walk from the Omachi tram stop, this artificial island is in the western part of Hakodate. Half of this pentagon-shaped artificial island, which was built with sediment material generated from the servicing of Hakodate Port, is blanketed in grass. Other than being used for such activities as soccer practice and kite flying, you can also enjoy other activities such as jogging and fishing. With the installed benches and pavilion, you can leisurely gaze at the sea. From the surrounding walking paths, you can look out over Mt. Hakodate, the cityscape of the western district and the red brick warehouse. On clear days, you can even make out Mt. Komagatake and other beautiful mountains in the distance.

    多目的広場などがある島ですが、空いているのは9-20時でそれ以外の時間は入口箇所が施錠されており入ることはできません。散策や釣りができるようですが、観光的な要素はあまりなく地元住民がメインなのかなぁといったところです。ペットなどの散歩はできないようなので注意が必要ですね。

  • Ishigaki Island
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    Ishigaki, Okinawa Prefecture
    It is the third largest island in Okinawa Prefecture, after the main island of Okinawa and Iriomote Island. Ishigaki Island is the economic, tourism and transportation center of the Yaeyama Islands, and departures to travel around the remote islands are from Ishigaki Island. There are many souvenir shops and restaurants in the town areas, on the one hand, you will also be able to experience Okinawan culture while in the suburbs as you can enjoy many types of subtropical trees, cobalt blue seas and white sandy beaches.
  • Himakajima Island
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    Aichi Pref. Chitagunminamichitachou Himakajima
    This remote island is located in the Mikawa-wan Quasi-National Park, in Mikawa Bay, Minamichita-cho, Chita County, Aichi Prefecture. It is famous as an island of octopus and blowfish, where visitors can enjoy eating fresh seafood. In addition, every year from May to September, visitors can enjoy events such as dolphin petting and various other activities.
  • Sarushima Island
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    Kanagawa Pref. Yokosukashi Sarushima 1
    Located off the city of Yokosuka, uninhabited Sarushima Island is the largest natural island in Tokyo Bay. The city of Yokosuka has set aside most of the island as Sarushima Park, where visitors can enjoy outdoor leisure activities, such as swimming, fishing, and barbecuing. The ten-minute ferry ride to the island leaves from Mikasa Pier.
  • Nokonoshima Island
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    Fukuoka Pref. Fukuokashinishiku Noko island
    Located in the middle of Hakata Bay, Nokonoshima is an island that can be reached in about 10 minutes by ferry from Fukuoka City Meinohama’s Noko ferry landing. It is a picturesque island where visitors are able to enjoy flowers from all four seasons, and is full of fascinating historical structures such as the “Sota Kofun-gun” tombs built around the seventh century, and the “Shishigaki” which is a relic of the Edo period deer-hunting grounds. The island’s circumference is approximately 12 kilometers. Nokoshima Island Park is great for cycling, offering beautiful views of the ocean as well as various flowers blooming in profusion such as rapeseed, sunflowers, cosmos and daffodils.
  • Okunoshima Island
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    Hiroshima Pref. Takeharashi Tadanoumichou
    A small island four kilometers in circumference located within the boundaries of Setonaikai National Park. Known as Rabbit Island due to the 1,000 wild rabbits which inhabit it, Okunoshima is visited by large numbers of domestic and international tourists seeking to be soothed by the sight of these cute bunnies. There are also many rabbit-themed statues on the island which make for popular photo spots. At the same time, the island was the location of a poison gas plant operated by the former Imperial Japanese Army during World War II, and today many remnants of the army's facilities still stand. The Okunoshima Poison Gas Museum presents materials from that time period in an effort to convey to current generations the terror of war and the importance of peace.

    I stopped here at Usanchu Cafe for lunch after exploring Bunny Island. This cafe is located within a hotel/resort. I came around lunch time and the restaurant was not very busy. You pay at the...

  • Tomogashima
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    Wakayama Pref. Wakayamashi Kada
    The general name for the four islands, Jinoshima, Torajima, Kamishima, and Okinoshima, between Wakayama Prefecture and Awajishima Island. On the uninhabited Okinoshima there are the remains of numerous forts giving it a look similar to the animated movie “Laputa: Castle in the Sky.” The azure sea surrounding the islands is beautiful and the walking course is popular.
  • Sakushima Island
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    Aichi Pref. Nishioshi Isshikichousakushima
    This island is the largest in Mikawa Bay. It is famous as an island of modern art, with many art projects being carried out. At the island's inns and cafeterias, visitors can enjoy fresh seafood dishes such as Oasaridon (rice bowl topped with big asari clam) and Sashimi set meals. Many tourists also visit the island for day trips.
  • Omishima Island
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    Ehime prefecture Imabari city Oimachima cho
    Located in the northernmost part of Ehime prefecture, it is the largest island of the Geiyo Islands. Ooyamazumi-jinja Shrine, the symbol of the island, has been collecting faith as the god of fighting since ancient times, and many weapons designated as National Treasures and Important Cultural Property have been given as offerings. It is also called “The Island of Gods” or “Island of National Treasures”, and it is full of highlights besides Ooyamazumi-jinja Shrine, such as the Omishima Art Museum and Toyo Ito Museum of Architecture.
  • Ikinoshima Island
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    Iki city, Nagasaki prefecture
    "This island in the Genkai Sea is the 20th largest in Japan besides those of Okinawa. Located at a prime spot for maritime traffic, it was described in the ancient documents of the Gishiwajinden and the Nihon Shoki. This long history gained it certification as one of the Japan Heritage sites in 2015. Besides natural sites like ""Onino Ashiato (Devil's Footprint)"" with its connection to the legend of Onigashima and Tatsunoshima Island, which can only be visited between March and November, it has a diversity of other popular tourist spots including burial mounds, ruins, and Iki Nanasha (Seven shrines). There are also a number of annual events like the Ikinoshima Island New Year Marathon and Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine's Iki Daidai Kagura. This ancient ritual music and dance has been designated an Important Intangible Cultural Property. "

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