The island of Oshima is definitely worth a visit while being on Kyushu. We organize a trip including fishing and sightseeing activities, so let’s take a closer look at what awaits you in this natural paradise.
|The Island of Oshima|
Oshima, also called Chikuzen Oshima, is a small island with a perimeter of about 15km that is mostly covered in mountain forests and other wilderness. You can enjoy sea fishing at a fish preserve and sea kayaking at Umingu Oshima, a facility for marine-related experiences. There is also Yume no Sayoshima, which is a small island that has a beautiful contrast of vermilion torii gates planted in the sea with a backdrop of pine trees. Oshima has plenty to see! From temples like the impressive Nagatsu-ku in which the daughter of Amaterasu is enshrined to beautiful landscapes that you can look over from the windmill observatory, which is one of the highest points of the entire island. As you can see, there is a lot to do on this small island, and after exploring it, there is always a beach close to you on which you can dig your feet in the warm sand and relax. It takes a little time to get there, but once you arrived, you’ll be able to fully enjoy one of Japan’s most beautiful and natural habitat.
From here, the path leads your steps to a quiet woodland path. The woodland road with mysterious atmosphere can prove that military exploring troops said that they had to visited the place dozens of times to explore the unspoiled path. On this road, which makes you feel that you are the only one in the forest, you hear nothing but your own thoughts. The road connects to the windmill observation deck which is known as the most romantic place in Oshima. The interweaving silver grass, sea and sky is the highlight of this magical location. In 1936 batteries were placed along the northern coast of Kyushu in order to stengthen defences. Even now, Oshima’s batteries still stand because they never actually been involved in the war. The windmill observatory is located next to these old reminders of war times.
Following the windmill observation path, you will encounter the remnants of former Houdaiato, an old wartime fort. You can look over the Sea of Genkai and feel the freedom. Relax a little on the observation deck. After a little walk further down from the observation deck, you will find more torii which give the impression that they are floating, which increases the mysteriousness of the island. The path from here will lead you through a quiet village path.
Off to the north of Oshima is Okinoshima, an island nicknamed the island of the gods. Even to this day women and girls are not allowed to set foot on the island, this place serves as a spot for the men of Oshima to worship the gods.
UMINGU Oshima is a public marine experience facility which opened in April, 2011. It offers a distinctive insight into the world under the sea, especially the fish that can be found on the coasts of Oshima. You can learn a lot, view, catch and eat numerous fish, all under the guidance of professionals, which help you whenever you need them. There are fishing grounds (a sea fishing pond and fishing breakwater), a boat-cruise-fishing service and kayaks that you can rent to enjoy the view from the middle of the ocean. If you don’t know how to fish, you don’t need to worry: there are classes with experienced fisherman that will show you how to hook the fish of your dreams. Of course, you can keep and cook the fish if you want to. Furthermore, UMINGU offers an underwater observatory from which you can spot the fish in their natural habitat. After a long day of studying and catching fish, enjoy the sunset at one of the numerous beaches of Oshima!
09:30 Meeting at the Asahi school
11:00 Arrival at Ferry Terminal
11:15 Departure from the ferry terminal to Oshima Island
11:45 Arrival on Oshima island
12:00 Island tour and lunch at windmill observation deck, island panorama
13:30 Visiting Munakata, Nakatsu-gu shrine
14:00 Swimming at the beach, Umingu Oshima, fishing
16:00 self-caught fish dinner at Umingu
17:45 Back to Ferry Terminal
18:00 Departure from Ferry terminal
18:30 Arrival and driving back to Asahi Nihongo
20:00 Arrive at school
20:30 Final wrap-up meeting at the school
*Clothing: Very casual cloths (shorts shirts and sneakers). Please bring a jacket in case it gets colder in the evening
*If you have a food allergy, please let the organizers know in advance
*Please inform the organizers about your travel insurances
*Please bring sunblocker and enough water to stay hydrated
Contact Person: Ms. Mizuho MIZUTANI
1-14-1-302 Shiobaru, Minami-ku, Fukuoka, Japan, 815-0032
(2-minute walk from JR Takeshita Station)
TEL: +81 (0)92-408-9277
FAX: +81- (0)92-408-9559