To the mysterious island to encounter some of the most spectacular and breathtaking scenery in Japan

A healing journey among majestic scenery and gourmet island treats

Located some 50km off the Shimane peninsula are the Oki islands, designated a UNESCO Global Geopark in recognition of its abundant local resources including its geology and natural environment. Even amid the “treasure box” that is the scenery of the Oki islands, the Matengai cliff is a sight to behold. Standing at 257m, it looks like a piece of cake recently cut by a knife. Formed by the erosion of the wind and waves of the Sea of Japan over millennia, it is Japan’s highest cliff. I defy anyone not to lose all track of time as they gaze over a harmonious panorama of indigo sea, diving cliffs and dazzling blue sky.(This information is as of December 2017)

You may encounter horses and cattle roaming the fields

Tsutenkyo, the natural rock arch

Gaining a lot of attention recently as “miraculous scenery” is Rosoku-jima (Candle Island), a 20m high rock formation sitting off the coast. Enjoy a scenic cruise as you wait for the sun to set, forming a beautiful rose palette on the water. Then, for a moment, the sun is shines above the tip of the rock, forming a resplendent scene: it appears as if a giant candle has lit up. Of course it depends on the weather but those who witness the natural lantern will find the dreamy spectacle has a heart-warming effect.

The 800-year old giant Iwakura Chichi-sugi (“breast”) tree, with 24 large and small bosom-shaped appendages on its trunk

The Oki Islands are known for their succulent seafood. At Ryoba, a small restaurant run by a fishing family, sample the 1,080 yen Sazae-donburi (tenderly boiled sazae turban shell with a splash of dashi served on a steaming bowl of rice) or the 1,200 yen Shiroika-donburi, raw squid and egg mixed with a secret soy-based sauce and hot rice. This is truly a place to enjoy fishermen’s cooking that makes the most of the flavor of fresh seafood.

Shiroika-donburi is served only when squid has been caught

The Oki Islands are known for their succulent seafood. At Ryoba, a small restaurant run by a fishing family, sample the 1,080 yen Sazae-donburi (tenderly boiled sazae turban shell with a splash of dashi served on a steaming bowl of rice) or the 1,200 yen Shiroika-donburi, raw squid and egg mixed with a secret soy-based sauce and hot rice. This is truly a place to enjoy fishermen’s cooking that makes the most of the flavor of fresh seafood.

Oki Islands
Contact
Oki Islands Tourism Association
TEL
+81-8512-2-1577(Oki Islands Tourism Association)
URL
Website
Acsess
Flights from Osaka (Itami) and Izumo to Oki Islands Global Geopark Airport. Ferries from Sakaiminato and Shichirui take around 2.5 hours, high-speed ferries take around 1.5 hours
Adress
Matengai cliff [Map] Tsutenkyo [map]

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Rosoku-jima Cruise Lines
Adress
Meeting point is Fukuura Pier (harbor)[Fukuura Pier (harbor)-Map] or Akasaki Pier (harbor) [Akasaki Pier (harbor)-Map]
TEL
+81-8512-2-0787 (Okinoshima Town Tourist Association)
Open
Departure time varies according to time of sunset
Closed
Weather permitting. No cruises from November to March
URL
Website
Credit card
not accepted
Remarks
*Booking required by day before departure
*Junior high students and older 3,000 yen, elementary school students 1,500 yen, free for pre-schoolers
*Passengers are required to be at the meeting point at least 15 minutes before departure time

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Oki Plaza Hotel
Adress
11-1 Minato-machi, Okinoshima-cho, Oki-gun, Shimane [Map]
TEL
+81-8512-2-0111
Parking
10
URL
Website
Acsess
5 minutes’ walk from Saigo Port, around 10 minutes’ drive from Oki Islands Global Geopark Airport
Credit card
accepted
Remarks
Two per room, one night with two meals, from 16,500 yen per person

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Ryoba, Fukimaru Fish Center
Adress
58 Menukinoyon, Naka-machi, Okinoshima-cho, Oki-gun, Shimane [Map]
TEL
+81-8512-2-6600
Open
11:00-14:00 *Bookings required
Closed
Tuesdays
Seats
60
Parking
5
Acsess
2 minutes’ walk from Saigo Port, around 10 minutes’ drive from Oki Islands Global Geopark Airport

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Features

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