A peaceful island located 30-minutes by ferry from the ports of Akitsu and Takehara, Osakikamijima Island is almost in the center of the Seto Inland Sea.
From where the ferry docks, the white sands and translucent sea of Okushi beach are a 5-minute drive away.
We highly recommend it for summer vacation leisure time; you can enjoy island activities such as swimming and sea kayaking.
We attended a sea kayak experience course, which is highly popular not only with tourists but also with locals!
We listened to the instructor’s lecture on paddling, and then headed out to sea.
As the Seto Inland Sea is calm and has few waves, it’s easy even for beginners to learn how to paddle.
Sliding along the sea surface in a kayak offers a whole different side of the sea compared to swimming. You feel restored by the gentle passing of time, the scenery, the breeze, and the sound of the water…
As you sit in your kayak and gaze upon the islands floating at the end of the glistening sea surface, you start to feel like you’re becoming one with nature.
I was so immersed in the experience that before I realized it, the sun was already setting! And what a sunset it was!! Highly recommended.
Apparently, there is also a tour where you kayak to uninhabited islands and enjoy a barbeque.
As there are plenty of kayaks (see photograph below), it’s possible to participate with large groups, as well.
After enjoying kayaking with your family and friends, how about staying at the nearby camping area and enjoying a campfire?
This summer, how about trying some sea activities at Hiroshima’s Osakikamijima Island?
Osakikamijima Sea Kayaking
1891 Nakano, Osakikamijima Island, Toyota district, Hiroshima prefecture
Cell phone: 090-3889-1539
HP: http://www.osakikamijima-seakayak.com/ (Japanese)
Half-Day Course (3 hours): Adults JPY4000, Children JPY3000
1-Day Course (6 hours): Adults JPY8000, Children JPY6000
Minimum number of people: 4
Setouchi Finder Photo-writers: Makoto Esaki & Yoko Suganami (Rainbow Sake Co., Ltd.)
Yoko Suganami Rainbow Sake, Inc. After an extended stay in Hawaii, in 2011, I returned to my hometown of Kure, Hiroshima. Having worked at advertising companies in both Japan and Hawaii, I founded Rainbow Sake - a PR company with the goal of spreading Sake abroad. I hope that sake will ""bring the people of the world together"" and that I can be a part of that. I often travel abroad, and mostly to Hawaii and Singapore. Every time I come back home, I rediscover the beauty of my hometown and the happiness the easygoing, calm, fresh and simple sea and mountains of Setouchi bring.
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