21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
While there’s no shortage of sights to see on Japan’s mainland, its offshore islands offer a world of wonders all their own. Consisting of sixteen islands—four of which are inhabited—the Oki Islands, located in the Sea of Japan a one- or two-hour ferry from Tottori or Shimane, are a perfect destination for those looking to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city to a picturesque world of pastoral beauty.
If you’re a nature lover, the Oki Islands are sure to win your heart. Enjoy a stroll through primeval forests home to stunning waterfalls and a remarkable variety of plant life, visit the free-roaming horses and cows at Kuniga, gaze upon breathtaking coastal vistas and striking rock formations, or take in a beautiful sunset by the beach. Are you the active, outdoor type? You won’t want to miss some of the best cycling, snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, fishing, and eco-tourism Japan has to offer.
All visitors to Oki are sure to be charmed by the islands’ distinctive culture, from its regional seafood delights and local festivals to a warm and welcoming local populace.
From log cabins to traditional Japanese ryokan inns to modern hotels, the islands offer a wide range of accommodations, but be careful—you might never want to leave!
Flights are available to Oki Islands Global Geopark Airport from Tokyo Haneda Airport by way of Osaka International (Itami) Airport or Izumo Airport. Alternatively, take a shuttle bus, then ferry from JR Matsue Station or JR Yonago Station.
Address: Shimane Prefecture, Japan
Airport: Izumo Airport