Island Life~Toshi, Sugashima, Kamishima, Sakate

Take a short getaway via boats to the four offshore islands of Toba city for a breath of fresh air, magnificent hilltop fortresses and translucent waters. The traditional Japanese fishing culture continue to thrive vibrantly in these offshore islands and you can still feel the charm of local culture. Traditional fishing industries continue to operate and visitors may even witness the loading of fresh seafood onto the port or savor delicious marine catch at any of the local restaurants. Toushijima, the biggest island out of the four, is the site that rests the soul of Kuki Yoshitaka, a powerful naval commander of Oda Nobunaga during the warring period. One of the most beautiful islands, Kamishima, is the setting of novel “The Sound of Waves” written by modern Japanese literary giant Yukio Mishima. Besides housing one of the oldest lighthouses in Japan (July 1, 1873), Sugashima offers an amazing sight of red benitsuge flowers in full blossom during winter. Various festivals are held at these islands including Sakatejima, an idyllic island famous for the purple Japanese irises during summer.


Kamishima

Location: Kamishima, Toba-shi, Mie
Access: By Train~
5 min walk from Kintetsu Toba Line Toba Station to Sadahama Port and take 36~50 min ride on a Toba City Ferry.

Toshi Island

Location Toushijima, Toba-shi, Mie
Access: By Train~
5-min walk from Kintetsu Toba Line Toba Station to Sadahama Port and take Toba City ferry (25-min to Wagu Port/ 35-min to Toshi Port/ 13-min to Momotori Port)

Sugashima

Location: Sugashima, Toba-shi, Mie
Access: By Train~
5-min walk from Kintetsu Toba Line Toba Station to Sadahama Port and take 13-min ride on Toba City ferry.

Sakate Island

Location: Sakatejima, Toba-shi, Mie
Access: By Train~
5-min walk from Kintetsu Toba Line Toba Station to Sadahama Port and take 8-min ride on Toba City ferry.