A romantic trio of islands in the Seto Inland Sea

Kuroshima Venus Road

setouchi city, okayama prefecture, visitwestjapan
Photo source | Okayama Kanko Site


Kuroshima Venus Road is a trio of three small islands off of the coast of the Ushimado district in Setouchi City that are connected by a sand bar when the tide is low. Visitors to Kuroshima can stroll across the sandbar to a smaller, heart-shaped island called Nakanoshima Island, and on to Hatanokojima Island, the third island in the chain. Time spent on the islands and sandbars is bound to be relaxing and a fulfilling natural experience.

In the evening, Ushimado’s famous sunset washes the Seto Inland Sea and the islands in a romantic, golden light.

Kuroshima Venus Road maybe accessed via Limani Hotel’s sightseeing boat or via sea kayak.

A sand bar appears daily that allow visitors to walk from Kuroshima to a nearby islet. This spot is quite popular with couples. Although it is possible to arrange personalized transport to Kuroshima Island, it may make more sense to arrange a tour with the Hotel Limani. Ushimado’s premier hotel, Hotel Limani offers a cruise to Kuroshima at a reasonable price and will set sail with as few as two passengers. You do not have to be a guest at the hotel but you do need to make advanced reservations.

Access: Take the JR Ako Line from JR Okayama Station to JR Saidaiji Station. Take the Ryobi Bus bound for Ushimado (Minami Line) until the last stop. Take a ferry to Kuroshima (charter required).

Additional information

This location is not accessible by Limani Hotel’s boat between November and March.


Cancellation Policy

1) Detailed tour information & conditions will be given after application is made; please read and confirm the final itinerary before the departure date.
2) Reservations: Fill out the application contact form; application is complete upon payment. Reservations accepted by phone, mail, fax, online, or other communicative methods. The contract is not valid at time of reservation; the customer will be asked to submit an application form and payment within 3 days from time of reservation. If application form and payment are not submitted within the term, the reservation shall be considered void.
3) Items not included in tour price: Transportation costs not included in itinerary, optional tour fees, excess baggage fees, any fees of a personal nature (phone bills, meal costs, etc.) Items excluded from the tour will be stated in the tour information.
4) Cancellation fees: When the application is cancelled by the customer or when payment has not been made by the specified date, Ryobi Tours shall receive a percentage of the per person tour fee as a cancellation fee, or a penalty fee. Differences in room charges that result from one person in a group cancelling shall be charged to the participating person(s).

Cancellation Date Up to 21 days prior 20-8 days prior 7-2 days prior Day prior to start of tour Day of tour After start of tour/non-participation with no contact
Cancellation Fee No charge 20% of tour fee 30% of tour fee 40% of tour fee 50% of tour fee 100% of tour fee