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Kashikojima Island (Round-the-Island) Course

Kashikojima Island (Round-the-Island) Course
Type:
hiking
Time Required:
1 h 32 min.
Distance:
6 km
Short course that explores the stunning landscapes of Kashikojima Island both from an internal and external perspective.

Course Outline

Along the way from Kashikojima Station to the tour boat / regular liner, turn right and walk up the small road to get to Maruyama Park. If you are not pressed for time, board the tour boat to view Ago Bay from the sea or take Ago Bay liner to cross over to Masakijima Island. Head back from Maruyama Park to Kashikojima Station. At this point, it would be a good idea to pay a visit to Kotohira-gu Shrine.

Cross the railroad crossing or traverse Kashikojima Station and head to the Kashikojima-ohashi Bridge. Turn right at the second intersection after Kashikojima-ohashi Bridge. After a short walk, you will arrive at a traffic-light intersection. Making another right turn here will lead you back to Kashikojima Station, but going straight from the traffic lights and across the first railway crossing will bring you to Shimmei-jinja Shrine, which is an interesting shrine surrounded by a dense forest. If you have time, this shrine is worth a visit. From here, walk back to the finishing point along the Kintetsu train tracks. As the sidewalk is narrow, please watch out for cars and motorcycles.

Highlights

Maruyama Park
Maruyama Park

Maruyama Park

This is a plaza that doubles as a view point and is located just a short walk (of a few minutes) from the Kintetsu Kashikojima Station. It offers up-close views of Tatokujima Island and Yokoyamajima Island, both situated in Ago Bay. The park has a tower dedicated to the Akoya pearl oyster that is farmed in this region, and also hosts a related memorial service in autumn.

Kashikojima Kotohira-gu Shrine
Kashikojima Kotohira-gu Shrine

Kashikojima Kotohira-gu Shrine

After a railway was built by Shima Electric Railway in 1929 and people were able to ride the train to Kashikojima Island for the first time, new public facilities were introduced to the area. To worship the local deities that were both a source of religious support for local residents as well as the recipient of their prayers for prosperity, the shrine was spun-off from the Toba Kotohira-gu Shrine.

Kashikojima-ohashi Bridge
Kashikojima-ohashi Bridge

Kashikojima-ohashi Bridge

There are two bridges connecting the mainland with Kashikojima Island. Kashikojima-ohashi Bridge is the western bridge. It features a pedestrian path and its stunning sunset view has been selected as one of “Japan Sunset Best 100.” The bridge offers views of the unique landscape of Ago Bay distinguished by pearl and other farming rafts filling up the intervening spaces of the ria coastline.

Course Map

Kashikojima Island (Round-the-Island) Course

Course Time

Starting Point
1
Kashikojima Station
5 min.
0.3 km
2
Maruyama Park
8 min.
0.5 km
3
Kashikojima Kotohira-gu Shrine
17 min.
1.1 km
4
Kashikojima-ohashi Bridge
27 min.
1.8 km
5
Shimmei Station Intersection
8 min.
0.5 km
6
Shimmei-jinja Shrine
27 min.
1.8 km
7
Kashikojima Station
Terminus
*Course time and distance are estimates.