There are so many hidden places worth discovering in Japan. Some of these are uninhabited while others are inhabited. The Oki Islands off the coast of Shimane Prefecture is a combination of both. About 20,000 people live in the place with several other animals such as horses, cows, and Japanese raccoon dogs. Let’s dig deeper into the cultural treasures and highlights of the place.
Oki Islands is a volcanic archipelago in the Sea of Japan. It consists of 4 inhabited islands and 180 smaller uninhabited islands. It has a very old history dating back to more than 500 million years ago where it was formed by a volcanic eruption. It is said the oldest rock in Japan was found in the place. It is impressively beautiful with its natural fields and spectacular landscapes coupled with friendly people around who seem to have a strong connection with nature. As an adventure capital, the island is perfect for several water activities such as snorkeling, sea kayaking, banana boating, swimming, water skiing, and much more.
The island is culturally rich in so many traditional things. It is quite a charm to see small boats anchored next to homes near the sea. This is not only because fishing is a main livelihood in the place, but also because it has been transformed into a recreational form. Other things are being culturally expressed through different forms of festivals such as the Gore-Furyu Festival and the Dangyo Shrine Festival. The Gore-Furyu Festival is one of Oki’s Big Three Festivals wherein eight horses are seen galloping along a narrow road one after the other as they are being led to the Tamawakasu-Makoto Shrine on Dogo Island. While the Dangyo Shrine Festival is the time for you to see bull sumo matches which offer quite a thrill to watchers.
As a hidden paradise, Oki Islands has so much to offer. It is not only home to spectacular spots but also an amazing historical destination.