A romantic trio of islands in the Seto Inland Sea

Kuroshima Venus Road

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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, local charters and even by sea kayak. You can actually camp on the island’s designated campsite provided that you submit an application to use it in advance (1 month in advance for visitors from outside the prefecture; 3 months for visitors who reside in the prefecture).

A sand bar appears daily that allows visitors to walk from Kuroshima to a nearby islet. Although this spot is quite popular with couples, it has a broader appeal to nature lovers and those looking for a unique experience. It is possible to arrange personalized transport to Kuroshima Island, it may make more sense to arrange a tour with the Hotel Limani, especially if you are staying there.

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.



Setouchi City is comprised of the former towns of Oku, Osafune and Ushimado. In 2004 they merged to form a marvelous city with a Mediterranean flair that sits on the Seto Inland Sea.

Oku is a rural district where agriculture is alive and well. Mushroom and oyster farming are two important industries. The Taisho era painter Yumeji Takehisa’s birthplace is in the Oku region of Setouchi City. The artist’s home has been perfectly preserved for visitors to inspect the intricacies of his fascinating life.

The landscape of the area is comprised of rolling hills and meandering streams, and is representative of the traditional Japanese countryside. Osafune also has the Bizen Osafune Japanese Sword Museum and learning center which allows visitors to experience the sword making process first hand.

The Ushimado region of Setouchi City is famous for its yacht harbor and beaches. The Olive Garden is a nice spot to take in the view of the islands of the Seto Inland Sea, including Maejima and Shodoshima. There is no shortage of places to stay in Ushimado, from the luxurious Hotel Limani to the numerous “Bed and Breakfasts”.


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.
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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).

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