Seto Inland Sea "Jewel of the World" 1 Day Satisfaction Course
There are two islands floating in the Seto Inland Sea, known as the "Jewel of the World".
The islands are "Megijima", which is the site of legends about ancient Japanese ogres known as "oni", and is just 20 minutes from Takamatsu, and "Ogijima", another 20 minutes from "Megijima" and featuring a labyrinth-like townscape.
Come and visit Takamatsu to enjoy history and art while experiencing the vastly different atmospheres of the two islands.
Depart from Takamatsu Port
Takamatsu Port Kagawa Prefectural pier (No. 1)
Meon 2, the ferry which travels the Takamatsu Port -Megijima-Ogijima route.
An island with oni?! Megijima
It is said that in the past, ancient Japanese ogres known as "oni" lived in massive caverns on the island, and the island is also known by the name "Onigashima" (Island of ogres).
Visitors can enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Seto Inland Sea as well as the fusion of the traditional village with modern art.
Arrive at Megijima Port
Onigashima Oni no Yakata
The building is designed based on an image of an oni spreading out both of its hands.
This building is the island's tourist information center and also features shops, a cafeteria, rental bicycles and other services. The building also offers a display of a large selection of materials and fairy stories related to oni from all over Japan.
Ticket booth for a bus headed to the cavern.
Arrive at cavern
Onigashima Cavern This massive cavern is 4,000 m2 and run 400 m deep. It is said that the cavern was formed around 100 BC.
Arrive at Washigamine Observatory
The view of the Seto Inland Sea from the highest peak on the island is superb.
The area is also a famous cherry blossom site in the spring.
The area around Megi Port
There are a number of artworks displayed all over the island.
How many do you think you can find while taking a leisurely stroll on the island?
Depart from Megi Port
The maze-like island of Ogijima.
The stone walls of the settlement line the slopes of the island like steps, and are a wonderful example of small island scenery in the Seto Inland Sea.
The island also features a large number of artworks created for the Setouchi Triennale.
Arrive at Ogi Port
Ogi Exchange Center This building was designed by Spanish modern artist Jaume Plensa. The center sells light meals, souvenirs and other goods. Visitors can also obtain information pamphlets here.
Madoka Enjoy the freshest of fish from the Seto Inland Sea. Enjoy the spectacular views while eating from the terrace seating.
Ogijima Lighthouse This lighthouse was constructed in 1895 and is a rarity in Japan, being constructed completely of granite. The lighthouse was named as one of the "50 Best Lighthouses in Japan".
The area around Ogi Port
There are a number of artworks displayed all over the island. How many do you think you can find while taking a leisurely stroll on the island?
Depart from Ogi Port
Arrive at Takamatsu Port
Arrive at Red Lighthouse
The Red Lighthouse is the symbol of the "Sunport Takamatsu" bay area.
The first completely glass-walled lighthouse in the world.
The lighthouse is 14 m tall, and is lit by red fluorescent lights in glass blocks, producing a light which can be seen from approximately 24 km away.
Heart hub bay area KITAHAMA Alley
Commercial complex converted from old warehouses.
A trendy spot on the Takamatsu Port waterfront. The complex features cafes and restaurants, galleries, boutiques, variety shops and other services, and flea markets, concerts and other events are held in the plaza.
Accommodations (guest house)
Ten to Sen
A unique guest house featuring a shabby-chic style and located in the center of the city area.
Kitahama Alley, Kitahama Sumiyoshi
Rental accommodation house which is renovated 100 years old town house. Rental is available for 1 group per day.
|8:00||Depart from Takamatsu Port|
|8:20||Arrive at Megijima Port|
|10:40||The area around Megi Port|
|12:20||Depart from Megi Port|
|12:40||Arrive at Ogi Port|
|16:00||The area around Ogi Port|
|17:00||Depart from Ogi Port|
|17:40||Arrive at Takamatsu Port|
Management of this model course
I've lived in Japan since 1978. After graduating from a Japanese university with a BA in cultural anthropology in 1983, I worked as a translator in a Japanese consulting engineering firm in Tokyo for several years. My Japanese husband and I moved to Takamatsu in 1987 to raise our two children in a slower-paced environment away from the big city pressures. We've never regretted it. I work as a freelance translator and interpreter and am involved in a lot of community work, including volunteering for Second Hand, a local NGO that supports educational and vocational training initiatives in Cambodia, and for the Takamatsu International Association. I love living in Takamatsu.