Where the Japan Sea meets the Oki Islands

Kuniga Coast & Matengai Cliffs

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Photo | Shimane Prefecture Tourist Gallery


The Oki Islands are one of many island chains located in the greater Japanese Archipelago.  They are a world onto themselves with their own social, cultural and linguistic qualities that distinguish them from the rest of the country. You could literally spend weeks getting acquainted with this land.

The Kuniga Coast and Matengai Cliffs are evidence to the fact that Japan is a geographically diverse land with geological structures rivaling those found anywhere on Earth. This stretch of Nishinoshima Island contains a lush green landscape where horses graze above the coast of the Japan Sea.

About Nishinoshima Island

Nishinoshima is the second largest island of the Oki Island chain in terms of size and the number of inhabitants. Besides its ever apparent natural beauty, the island is overflowing with a rich cultural heritage which includes festivals and traditional performing arts.

Nishinoshima Town is proactive about not only preserving its culture and traditions but also about attracting new residents. In fact, the town has a program to connect newcomers with properties that are for rent and for sale on the island. Perhaps after a visit to this paradise of the Japan Sea, you might see yourself becoming a local or at least investing in a vacation property.

About the Oki Islands

The Oki Islands chain is about 65 kilometers at its nearest point and 85 kilometers at its furthest from the Honshu mainland, off the coasts of Tottori and Shimane Prefectures. Officially part of Shimane Prefecture, the archipelago consists of Dogo, Nishinoshima, Nakanoshima and Chiburijima in order of island size and population.

In order to visit the outer Oki Islands, also referred to as Dozen, you have to come through Saigo Port on Dogo Island, where the administrative headquarters of the archipelago are located. There is access by air from the mainland via the local airport, which is also on Dogo.


Access: Take the Super Yakumo Express train from JR Okayama Station to JR Sakaiminato Station. Walk to the Sakaiminato Ferry Terminal. Take the fast ferry or the regular ferry to Saigo Port in Okinoshima Town or Kurii Port in Chibu Village. Beppu Port in Nishinoshima Town and Hishiura Port in Ama Town can be reached from Saigo Port in Okinoshima Town.

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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