A natural marvel to be enjoyed

Sea Fireflies in Sensuijima

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A five minute ferry ride from Tomonoura in Fukuyama City will transport you to Sensuijima Island. This natural retreat is an easily accessible getaway where you can encounter experiences that will stimulate your senses.

Witness the mesmerizing glow of the sea fireflies (umi hotaru), which despite being affectionately being given the same name as the beloved insect that is found along streams and rivers throughout Japan, are actually a form of plankton.

There are night tours available where you can see the mystical glow of the sea fireflies that wash up onto the coast of the island. You do not need to prepare anything special such as bait to attract them.

Of course, you might want to plan your visit to the island with the idea of spending the night. You could camp or stay at the local pension, which would give you the opportunity to explore Sensuijima’s nature.

A stay on the island would also afford you the chance to soak yourself in the heated saltwater baths. There are several grottoes for you to discover where you are more than welcome to take a dip.

Take a walk down to the coast of the southern edge of Sensuijima and you will delight in the walkway (complete with guardrail) that wraps around the rock face, giving you the feeling that you are floating above the water.

There is a beach near the pension that is a great place for a stroll at any time of the day and at any time of the year. The summer season is naturally the ideal time for a swimming and sunbathing and you can do these activities near your accommodation.

Turn your trip to Sensuijima into an outdoor adventure with a bit of beach fun and island trekking. You are certain to have an enjoyable experience.

Access: Take the Shinkansen from JR Okayama Station to JR Fukuyama Station. Take the bus bound for Tomo Port to Tomonoura. Take a 5 minute ferry ride to Sensuijima.

About the Area

Fukuyama is the second largest city in Hiroshima Prefecture and borders Okayama Prefecture to the west. The city is famous for is annual rose festival and the splendid Fukuyama castle. The castle is the cultural center of the city, as many yearly events and festivals are held there or in the vicinity.

Tomonoura is a port district of the city that has become well-known for its use in both live action and animated features. Most famous for being the inspiration behind the setting of the Studio Ghibli animated film Ponyo, the quaint Edo era structures of the town have a timeless appeal.

There are quite a number of sights to see within Tomonoura, including Fukuzenji Temple, with its stunning view of the Benten Island. You can also visit the elegant Enpuku-ji Temple. Other sights on the mainland include the Joyato Lantern, Ankoku-ji Temple and Nunakuma Shrine.

Just off the Tomonoura coast is the resort island of Sensuijima, which can be reached by ferry in a few minutes. The island has three hotels, a swimming beach, a hiking course and a number of notable scenic spots. There are also several heated seawater baths around the island as well.


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