Kamijima town 上島町

Description

Official Town Website

The name ‘Kamijima’ literally means ‘upper islands’. True to its name, Kamijima Town is a cluster of islands at the northernmost tip of Ehime. They're near the islands on the Shinanami Kaido Expressway (famous for its cycling route), but aren't connected to the mainland. The four major islands of Kamijima are Yuge 􀂩􀁤􀂞 , Iwagi 岩城, Ikina 生名, and Uoshima 魚島. In addition, there are several other small islands, such as Sashima 佐島 (connected by bridge to Yuge and Ikina) and Takaikamijima 高井神島 (which can be accessed by ferry).


Location / Access / Transport

A detailed transit map can be found on page 135 of the 2014 Ehime pdf guidebook.

  • By ferry
    • Ferry access only from Yuge island (6 minutes) or Innoshima island (Habu portŸ) in Hiroshima›, which is in turn linked to the Shimanami Expressway.
    • Although Kamijima is part of Ehime Prefecture , it is in fact closer to Hiroshima Prefecture (only 3 minutes away by ferry).
    • Kamijima is connected to Innoshima island 因島(on Hiroshima Prefecture) and Imabari City 今治市(on Ehime Prefecture) by many ferry routes. Hence, it is very accessible from both Honshu and Shikoku.
    • There are both passenger and vehicle ferries which operate to Ikina and are cheap. For times, check out:
      http://www.town.kamijima.ehime.jp/access/ferry_uoshima.html
  • By bus
    • Innoshima, the neighboring island on Hiroshima prefecture, is also connected by bus to Hiroshima city 広島市, Onomichi city 尾道 and Fukuyama city 福山. The nearest bus stop will be Habu Port 土生港. Here are some links where you can check out the timetables and fares for the various bus routes.
    • Between Onomichi 尾道 and Innoshima Habu Port 因島土生港:
      Bus Operator Schedue
      Mondays to Saturdays
      Sundays and Public Holidays
      It costs 930 yen from Habu Port to Onomichi.
      No reservation is required.
    • Between Hiroshima 広島 and Innoshima Habu Port 因島土生港: Flower Liner
      Mondays to Fridays
      Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays
      It costs about 2,350 yen from Habu Port to Hiroshima Bus Center.
      No reservation is required.
    • Between Fukuyama 福山 and Innoshima Habu Port 因島土生港: Citrus Liner
      Bus Operator Schedule
      It costs about 1,350 yen from Habu Port to Fukuyama city.
      No reservation is required.
  • By plane:
    • The nearest airport is Hiroshima Airport. Although there are direct flights from Hiroshima, most international flights transit at Haneda or Narita International Airport in Tokyo. From Hiroshima Airport, take the Airport Limousine to Mihara Port. It costs 820 yen.
    • From Mihara Port, take the Mihara Ferry to Habu Port. It also stops at Tateishi Port (Ikina). It costs about 1,250 yen.
  • By car:
    • To/From Shikoku. Take the Shimanami Expressway north from Imabari. It connects a whole series of islands in the Seto Inland Sea between Shikoku and Honshu. Some boats allow cars to board while others do not. Please check the next page to see which routes allow cars to board. They are indicated with an asterisk sign.


Ikina Island 生名島

Description

Ikina is a one of the four Kamijima islands in the Seto Inland Sea with a population of about 1,713 (correct as of June 2014). Ikina is by far the most convenient of all the 4 Kamijima islands - Hiroshima Prefecture is just a threeminute ferry ride away!

Official Town Website


Location / Access / Transport

Ikina is near to Fukuyama city œ’(1 hour), Imabari (1 hour), Hiroshima city (2 hours) and Matsuyama city (2 hours). It’s a three mintue ride to Habu town (Innoshima , Hiroshima pref.) makes most necessities possible. Including library, super market, video store (Takamatsu), kendo in the local police station and the possibility to take Japanese classes.

  • On the island, most places can be accessed on foot or by bike, although a public bus goes between the islands of Yuge, Sashima, and Ikina. Ikina is connected by bridge to two other Kamijima islands, Sashima and Yuge. The bridge connecting Ikina and Iwagi will be ready in a couple of years.
  • By ferry
    • Ferry access only from Yuge island (6 minutes) or Innoshima island (Habu portŸ) (3 minutes) in Hiroshima›, which is in turn linked to the Shimanami Expressway.
      From Habu you can also catch buses around other parts of Innoshima, or up to Fukuyama City, Onomichi city, or Hiroshima city. (
    • Habuitself gives access to a larger supermarket, a sweets shop, a drugstore, several 100 yen store, small clothes and miscellaneous household goods store, several restaurants (Chinese, Italian, etc.), several bookstores, several doctors’ clinics, a dentist, a small hospital, and the possibility to take Japanese classes.
    • There are both passenger and vehicle ferries which operate to Ikina and are cheap. For times, check out:
      http://www.town.kamijima.ehime.jp/access/ferry_uoshima.html
    • The Ikina Ferry run every 20 minutes starting at about 6am until 11pm, and can transport cars, motorcycles, bicycles, and people on foot.
  • By bus
    • Information on Ikina Bus Feeder Services (cost 100 yen regardless of where you board and alight)
    • Information on Yuge-Sashima-Ikina Bus Trunk Line (cost 100 yen for services between Sashima and Yuge, and 150 yen for services between Ikina and Sashima or Ikina and Yuge)
    • Ikina is close to Fukuyama city 福山市(one hour ten mins), Imabari 今治市(one hour fifteen mins), Onomichi city 尾道市 (45 minutes), Hiroshima city 広島市(two hours) and Matsuyama city 松山市(two hours).

Shopping

Supermarkets

    There are two small grocery shops: one near the town branch office and one near Tateishi Port. There is also a mini supermarket near the nursery school.

Miscellaneous

  • Three small food shops and a mini supermarket.
  • Bicycle shop, dry cleaners, hairdressers. Etc
  • Ehime Bank 9:00-5:00 (ATM 8:40 –3:40)
  • Post office 9:00-5:00 (ATM 8:40-4:00)

Dining Out

  • 2 okonomiyaki restaurants open lunchtimes only.
  • One restaurant located on Level 2 of Tateishi Port! Check it out!

Leisure

  • Ikina Sports & Recreation Center. A new sports complex with a swimming pool, baseball ground, and badminton hall. It is also equipped with table tennis tables. Rackets, balls and accessories can be rented there.
  • Brand new sports complex with swimming pool, baseball ground, badminton, table tennis, sauna.
  • Camping. Camping grounds and a number of reasonable beaches.
  • Motorbike Track. Ikina motorbike circuit track.
  • Ikina JHS indoor sports hall has free access to teachers – basketball, badminton, etc.
  • Cultural Classes. Calligraphy lessons are available too. Kendo and Judo are taught in the police station of the neighboring island, Innoshima. (Kendo and Judo in police station of next island)

Tourism / Festivals / Highlights

  • Fishing. Fresh fish right from the Inland Sea!
  • Mt. Tateishi. The summit offers beautiful views. On New Year’s Day, there is a race in the early morning (about 6.30am) to the top of Mt. Tateishi to catch the first sunrise of the year.
  • Fall Festival. Takes place in October and most students take part in it.
  • Easy access to Hiroshima ken, Fukuyama, Hiroshima city and to Shikoku, Imabari etc.
  • Inoko Festival. Festival held in December.
  • Aki matsuri late Sept. (Autumn festival).
  • Annual Junior High School boat race.
  • Ikina MarathonTakes place in March and offers courses of 3km, 10km and a half marathon course.
  • Island Hopping. From here, you can easily go island hopping around the hundreds of islands of the Inland Sea of Japan
  • Central Spot. Easy access to Imabari and Shikoku, Hiroshima prefecture, Hiroshima city, Fukuyama city etc.


Iwagi Island 岩城島

Description

Iwagijima is located at the northeast tip of Ehime, with a population of about 2,000. It is home to many ship building companies, and as a result, there are various foreign workers living on the island (Chinese, Thai, Filipino).

Official Town Website


Location / Access / Transport

Please refer to the main Kamijima Town Section for information on transit.

  • By ferry
    • For those without a car, the main form of transportation is the Geiyo Kisen 芸予汽船 also known as the Rapid Ferry (高速船). It connects up to Habu 土生, on Innoshima 因島, and down to Imabari 今治, as well as to other nearby islands.
    • There are also larger ferries that transport cars. One goes from Nagae Port 長江港 to Habu Port, on Innoshima.
    • People without cars can ride these ferries as well, but they are less convenient to get to from the main Iwagi town area if you don’t have a car or scooter.
  • By bus
    • From Habu there are bus connections to Hiroshima, Fukuyama and Onomichi on Honshu, and from Imabari you can access other parts of Shikoku.

Dining out

  • Japanese
    • Yoshimasa. Sea food, not far from the port; sometimes enkais are held here
    • Lemon Heart. Restaurant in the port building; limited hours
    • Kamei Restaurant/Ryokan. Near the port next to the town office. Many enkais are held here.
  • Chinese/Japanese
    • Komogakushi Onsen. Chinese food run by actual Chinese, plus standard Japanese fare and a small yakiniku restaurant section as well.

Shopping

Supermarkets

  • A Co-op(アイコープ). Grocery store open 10 am to 6:30pm; closed Sundays. Immediately next to the port building.
  • Kanno Shoten (加納商店). Small mom and pop grocery store between the main Iwagi port and Nagae port.

Home Improvement/Misc.

  • General goods store. Located near the A Co-op selling household and gardening goods not found at the co-op.
  • Occasionally small shop displays are set up outside the A Co-op, such as to buy glasses or hearing aids, clothes, or 100 yen store items.

Convenience Stores (Konbini)

  • Small convenience store near Nagae port (長江港)

Tourism / Festivals / Highlights

  • Hanami. Mt. Sekizen has approximately 3,000 sakura (cherry blossom) trees, more than any of the other Kamijima islands.
  • Around the second Sunday of April, people from neighboring islands come to Iwagi to drink sake on the mountain.
  • Sakura Matsuri (Cherry Blossom Festival). Held the first or second weekend in April. Various events, performances, stalls selling local food, and the opportunity to walk up the mountain (Mt. Sekizen) and view the cherry blossom trees in full bloom!
  • Komogakushi Onsen. Only has one large bath, but is the only onsen on the island. Also has a hotel across the street from it and a restaurant attached to it selling Chinese food, standard Japanese food and yakiniku.


Uoshima Village 魚島村

Description

Uoshima is a small island in Kamijima. Kamijima is a cluster of islands to the north-east of the northern most tip of Ehime. Its population is about 200 people, and the major industry is fishing. It has a combined elementary and junior high school, and there are currently 3 junior high students and 6 elementary students. There are also 2 younger boys who attend pre-school.

Website - Official Town Website (Japanese only)


Location / Access / Transport

Please refer to the main Kamijima Town Section for information on transit.

  • Getting to Uoshima:
  • Getting to Kamijima:
    • By road: from Shikoku – take the Shimanami Expressway north from Imabari. It connects a whole series of islands in the Seto Inland Sea between Shikoku and Honshu.
    • By ferry: from Imabari – high speed ferry Chidori. It stops at Iwagi, Yuge and Ikina (all parts of Kamijima township – change at Yuge to continue on to Uoshima). Chidori timetable:
      http://www.town.kamijima.ehime.jp/access/ferry_yuge.html#01

Shopping and Amenities

Dining Out

  • There is a small restaurant that is part of the tourist center (open for lunch on weekdays and on the weekend if you tell them in advance).

Groceries

  • For grocery stores and other shopping go to Yuge and Innoshima. The only store on the island has been recently closed, but may be re-opened.
  • Many residents also order groceries through the Hiroshima Seikyo(Japanese only), a food-ordering service. Orders can be sent by fax or made online, and are delivered weekly.

Postage and ATMs

  • You can find both at the Uoshiima Post Office.

Leisure

  • Clubs. There are a few clubs, including a karaoke club that meets on Saturday evenings, a Japanese dance group, and (as of 2011) a small group of dedicated ping-pong players who practice in the Uoshima school gym.
  • Uoshimax. A band comprised of mainly school teachers that plays at local concerts in Kamijima as well as on Uoshima.
  • Fishing. A main focal point on Uoshima. Swimming is also pleasant during the summer.
  • Hiking and Jogging. The mountainous terrain good for hiking and jogging. There's an observation tower on top of Mount Shiro with a good view of the inland sea on non-foggy days.
  • Small libraries on Uoshima and Yuge (Yuge has videos)
  • Volleyball and badminton in Uoshima school gym

Tourism / Festivals / Highlights

  • Fishing and diving for clams
  • Kameihachiman-jinja (shrine) on Uoshima
  • Observation point on the top of “Castle Mountain” and a nice display of sakura in the spring.


Yuge Town 弓削町

Caution: there are many wild boars on Yuge that live in the mountains and come down mostly at night. It’s not advisable to be out walking after 10pm.

Description

One of the four Kamijima islands. The population of Yuge Island is about 3,380 (correct as of June 2014); the population of Kamijima is about 7,460 across all islands (correct as of June 2014).


Location / Access / Transport

Please refer to the main Kamijima Town Section for information on ferry routes to and from Yuge.

  • Yuge is only a fifteen-minute ferry ride from Hiroshima prefecture. From mainland Honshu, a bus can be taken to the island of Innoshima, from which a fifteen-minute ferry can be taken from Habu port.
  • From mainland Shikoku, an hour ferry ride can be taken from Imabari port.
  • On the island, most places can be accessed on foot or by bike, although a free public bus goes between the islands of Yuge, Sashima, and Ikina.

Information on Yuge Bus Feeder Services

  • Flat cost of 100 yen regardless of where you board and alight

Information on Yuge-Sashima-Ikina Bus Trunk Line

  • Flat cost of 100 yen for services between Sashima and Yuge, and 150 yen for services between Ikina and Sashima or Ikina and Yuge

Shopping

Supermarkets

  • The Seaside Mall. Houses a small supermarket, a stationery shop, a shop of locally-made food and crafts, and a photo printing shop.
  • There is also a co-op supermarket, an agricultural store, a convenience store (no ATM service), a small game arcade and a small hardware store in the vicinity.

  • Near the co-op there is a fish market, a clinic, a small pharmacy, an apparel shop, a post office, a gas station and Ehime bank. We also have several hairdressers.

Dining Out

  • Japanese
    • Okonomiyaki is popular in Yuge. There are at least four okonomiyaki joints: <>iPuku (near Yuge High School), Ramento (near the town office), Jumbo (in Seaside Mall), and another near Kamiyugo Port.
    • Yakiniku. Look for a yakiniku restaurant in Kamiyuge.
    • Takoyaki. Look for it in the Seaside Mall.
  • Izakaya
    • Daikokumaru. Located in the Seaside Mall
    • Tottoya. Located in the town office
  • Cafés and Restaurants
    • ShimadeCafe. Located near the town office. It sells the local specialty of lemon pork rice.
    • There is also a restaurant in the FESPA Inland Sea Resort.

Leisure

  • Community Activities. Lots of community sports, music, craft groups, free video rental from the public library, a saltwater spa, and nice beaches.
  • Cultural Classes. There is also a koto teacher and calligraphy classes. Pottery classes are held once a year in the months of July, August and September.
  • Karaoke. Two karaoke rooms are available for booking in FESPA Inland Sea Resort.

Closing time

  • Various hobby groups meet in the afternoons and evenings. Shops close around 7 p.m. The supermarkets close at 7.30pm. The convenience store is open until 10:00.

Tourism / Festivals / Highlights

  • Fall Festivals. The fall festivals are not to be missed (especially ass sumo at the Shimoyuge fall festival). Good beaches, good hiking, and great bicycle rides around the island.
    There is one festival for each region: Habu, Shimoyuge (features the Yakko parade where the students will be part of), Hikino & Myojin, Kamiyuge (features the danjiri fight), Sawazu, Kushiura and Sashima (features the purification in the sea and carrying of the danjiri up a steep staircase).
  • Outdoor Activities. Good beaches, good hiking, and great bicycle rides around and between the islands.
  • Mts. Ishi and Kushi. You can also visit Mt. Ishi, which used to be a stone quarry. Good views from Mt. Ishi. You can also see a bird’s eye view of many islands near Yuge on top of Mt. Kushi.
  • Hanami. There are many cherry blossom and maple trees all over Yuge. You can enjoy beautiful views in spring and fall. There is a cherry blossom park in Otani.
  • Temple Pilgrimage. The 88 Shikoku Pilgrimage trail also takes place in Yuge in April. You can walk around Yuge, pray to the stone statues, and in return collect snacks and useable items. A household in Otani offers delicious bamboo shoot rice and soup to visitors on the 88 Shikoku Pilgrimage trail every year.

Accomodation

  • There’s a resort, called FESPA Inland Sea Resort, located on a hill overlooking Matsubara beach. It has a spa, a restaurant and two karaoke rooms inside. There’s also a small guesthouse behind the community center. There are other guesthouses on the island as well.

Health

  • There’s a health clinic in Kamiyuge, a dentist, and a hospital is a fifteen-minute ferry ride away in the port town, Habu, on neighboring Innoshima Island.

Other Essentials

  • Library. The public library has a VERY limited amount of English language books (just some children’s fairy tale books).
  • Food from home. For foreign food, your best bet is to go to the neighboring island of Innoshima part of Hiroshima prefecture, but it may be necessary to go to Fukuyama or Hiroshima. There is a foreign food store called Jupiter in Hiroshima City. Yuge is a great place to go to get away from it all, as there’s next to nothing but beaches, mountains, and good people here ☺