Though only 2km off the coast of Akune, Akune Oshima is a world away. The small island is scenic and unspoiled, with beautiful pine forest, a white-sand beach and panoramic views out to sea. Take the short ferry ride from the mainland to enjoy peace and quiet, fishing or marine activities.
July and August is high season so the beach house and café are open, lifeguards are on patrol and a range of water sports can be enjoyed, including banana boating and jet-skiing. But the sandy cove can be enjoyed throughout the year.
The island can be explored in 30 minutes or so. Walk by the tiny harbor where fishermen throw in their lines and weave through the trees to ring the Bell of Happiness. There are a number of deer to spot in their natural surroundings, too, but don’t get too close.
Akune Oshima is possible as a day trip but to really allow the island to help you unwind, stay for the night. There are cabins, a camp site and a lodge from where you can rent bedding, BBQ equipment and other utensils. Sitting around a fire under the stars after eating al fresco is certainly a great way to spend a unique evening in Japan.
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