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Sensui-jima

A small island with beautiful beaches, interesting rock formations and a couple of quiet hiking trails. Sensui-jima is a quiet island that shouldn’t be missed by anyone who enjoys nature and outdoor activities.

Sensui-jima
  • The island of Sensui-jima has a lot to offer, and is located a mere five-minute ferry ride from Tomonoura. From seven in the morning until nine thirty in the evening, there’s a charming ferry, running back and forth between the island and the mainland every 20 minutes.

    Sensui-jima

    Sensui-jima

    Despite the short distance however, the vibe on the island is very different compared to the mainland. One big difference, is the lack of residential buildings. All you’ll find on this island is a few small shops and cafés, a hotel and two open air baths. The rest of the islands mostly consist of beautiful nature, sandy beaches and breathtaking vistas of the coastline and the Seto inland sea. This island is a part of the larger Setonaikai National Park.

    When Sensui-jima is described by guidebooks and travel blogs, the word “Mediterranean” is often used, and it’s frankly easy to understand why, especially if you visit on a sunny day in the early summer. The vibe is laid back and relaxed, with the azure blue sea a constant backdrop, and the sun is warm but not annoyingly so. There aren’t many people at all on the island, but those who have managed to find their way here are most likely enjoying a lazy day on the beach or a slow hike around the island.

    Sensui-jima

    Sensui-jima

    There are a few different hiking trails located on Sensui-jima. The longest takes around about three to four hours to traverse, but there are also two shorter ones, that can be completed in one and two hours.

    Sensui-jima

    Sensui-jima

    One detail that those who administer this island seem to be very proud of are the many rock formations along the coastline. There are signs explaining the background to some of them, including a rock which transitions in color from red to gray and brown, and is called “Go-shiki-iwa” or “five colored rock”. These rock formations are the result of volcanic eruptions that took place several million years ago. Since a big part of the main hiking trail is located on a man-made pathway that runs along the coastline, next to most of the rock formations you’ll encounter those no matter if you are interested or not. Unless you’re a diehard geology geek, however, we doubt that you will get too impressed.

    Sensui-jima

    Sensui-jima

    A big part of the land near the biggest beach on the island is made up by a campground where guests can stay overnight. The cost for renting a tent for up to six people is 9,720 yen during the summer season (May to September), and 5,400 yen the rest of the year. It might be a good option, especially for budget minded travelers who want to spend a day or two exploring both the island and Tomonoura, as there are few budget options on the mainland. Overnight guests will also get a free ticket to the bathhouse on the island. There are also barbecue possibilities at the campground, with food being sold on site. Note that there are few other dining options available, and that there is no convenience store located on the island.

    Sensui-jima

    Sensui-jima

    Sensui-jima Island
    Address
    Hiroshima Pref. Fukuyamashi Tomochou Ushiroji
    Phone
    Tomonoura
    Address
    Hiroshima Fukuyama-shi Tomochotomo 623-5
    Phone
    0849281042
    Setonaikai National Park
    Address
    Hyogo prefecture, Wakayama prefecture, Okayama prefecture, Hiroshima prefecture, Yamaguchi prefecture, Tokushima prefecture, Kagawa prefecture, Ehime prefecture, Fukuoka prefecture, Oita prefecture
    Phone
    Goshiki Iwa
    Address
    Hiroshima Fukuyama-shi Tomochoushiroji Tanoura
    Phone
    0849705050
    仙酔島キャンプ場
    Address
    広島県福山市鞆町後地田ノ浦3373-2
    Phone
    084-970-5050
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