you could be there, enjoying island time
on a island filled with history and art
where time moves differently.
▲A cafe by the sea
▲A simple island lifestyle
▲A home for letters without a recipient
▲A wide expanse of the bluest sea.
Awashima Island Destinations
The Missing Post Office
- After serving as the island’s post office for 50 years, this building found new life as an art installation in 2010. Inside, letters from around the world that can’t be delivered are displayed.
Address: Awashima Island 1317-2 Takuma-cho, Mitoyo
Hours: 1:00pm-4:00pm on the 2nd & 4th Saturday of each month
Artist: KUBOTA Saya
Photos courtesy of Yoshinobu Motoda
▲The artist, Ms. Kubota and the postmaster, Mr. Tanaka.
Takeuchi General Store
- Beverages, snacks, and anything else you could need are sold in the island’s only store.
Awashima Maritime Museum
- The Maritime Museum is currently closed for repairs.The large, brightly-colored building by the port is the Awashima Maritime Museum. The museum is housed in the original building opened in 1897 as Japan’s first maritime school. Now, it displays maritime company flags and other artifacts related to seafaring.
Address: Awashima 1541 Takuma-cho, Mitoyo
Hours: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Closed Mondays (except holidays), 12/28 – 1/3
- Accommodations, a restaurant, tennis courts, and more; Le Port is Awashima’s all-in-one stop!
Address: Awashima 1418-2 Takuma-cho, Mitoyo
Restaurant Hours: 11:30am – 2:00pm
★Parking for guests is available at Suda Port
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Le Port Awashima
▲Check in to a cozy room
▲Try the cabins for your group outing!
- Walk 15 minutes from Awashima Port to reach this photogenic beach, perfectly positioned to watch seaside sunsets.
The sound of the waves makes for the perfect end to a vacation day.
Art Canvas Awashima
- This traditional family home turned guesthouse is not just a place to stay, it’s a work of art. Many artists who have been invited to Awashima have contributed pieces.
Address: Awashima 1430-7 Takuma-cho, Mitoyo
(5 minutes from Awashima Port)
- Sea fireflies are actually a type of bioluminescent crustacean. Naturally, they are small sparks of light in the sea, but when prepared by Le Port Awashima for its guests (from June – Sept.), they cover the shore in glittering light.
*The below photos are from Le Port Awashima’s Sea Firefly Appreciation Event. Sea fireflies do not naturally appear as in these pictures.
▲Thousands of sea fireflies light up the shore
- Continue past the Maritime Museum to reach Awaloha cafe, a delicious lunchtime stop. They use ingredients sourced from Awashima Island itself, and have delicious seasonal parfaits and smoothies!
Address: Awashima 1619 Takuma-cho, Mitoyo (6 mins. from the port)
Open: Friday – Sunday, Holidays May through October
Hours: 11:00am – 5:00 pm
- At 222 meters tall, Mt. Jonoyama is the highest point on the island. Take the approximately 1-hour hike to the top to see a 360-degree panoramic view!
But be careful, with lots of stairs and steep slopes, this hike shouldn’t be undertaken lightly!
The Ancient Laurel Tree
- Bon-onji Temple is home to a massive laurel tree, standing over 12.5 meters tall. It flowers in May, and grows dark purple fruit in August and September.
To find it, go up the stone stairs on the left of the shrine grounds.
Address: Awashima 1604-1 Takuma-cho, Mitoyo (8 minutes from the port)
Maki Hachimanjinja Shrine’s Torii Gate
- One of several shrines in the area devoted to Hachiman, the god of archery and war. It’s best known for its waterside torii gate, which is especially impressive at high tide when the water comes right up to the base. It’s said that the gate was placed by the sea because of the ocean’s cleansing effect on visitors.
Address: Awashima, Takuma-cho, Mitoyo
(15 minutes from Awashima Port)
- Located in the Kami Shinden area of Awashima Island, the locals have filled this garden with flowers and art pieces made from recycled buoys.
See if you can find some of your favorite characters!
★The garden is private property; please be respectful.
Address: Kami Shinden, Awashima, Takuma-cho, Mitoyo
(3 minutes from Kami Shinden Port or 1 hour from Awashima Port.)
▲Reserve 3 days in advance for a delicious lunch!
- The pride of this guesthouse is their home-cooked meals, which use homegrown vegetables and locally- caught seafood. They only make 5 lunches each day, so be sure to reserve it in advance!
Address: Awashima 2217 Takuma-cho, Mitoyo
(5 min. from Kami Shinden Port)
Getting to Awashima
|Address||Awashima, Takuma-cho, Mitoyo, Kagawa, Japan
|Ferry Info||Suda Port → Awashima Port (15 min. one way)
Phone: 0875-83-3204 (Jpn Only)
|Water Taxi||Water Taxi Iseya
Phone: 0875-84-6753 (Jpn Only)
(Please contact the company directly with questions)
Getting to Suda PortBus Schedule
- Takuma Line: Runs everyday. Take the bus bound for Nabuto.
Takuma-Mino Line: Runs Monday – Sunday, except holidays. Take the bus bound for Ohama.
- 20 min.
- Suda Port
Map of AwashimaGuide Map Pt 2Guide Map Pt 1
- The best way to get around the island is on foot or by bike!
- 5 min.
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- 15 min.
- Walk 1 hr
Bike 30 min
- Kami Shinden
- 3 min
- 2 min
Island Rental Bikes
- Rental bikes are available for ￥500/day.
Everything is self-service. Please pay by putting your money into the mural’s mouth.
Find them about halfway between Awashima Port and Le Port Awashima
- Mitoyo Tourism and Exchange Authority
Phone: 0875-56-5880 (Closed Tuesdays)
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