Get a feel for life in the Gotos, the islands of faith and humble living
Shimamichi Guided Walking Tour
The sharp hillside drops precipitously to the sea. On one island, you find churches and houses with
tiny gardens barely enough for a family to subsist on. On another uninhabited island you see rows of
terraced gardens from the past and a lone church on the hilltop looking down towards the sea.
We visit these islands in the East China Sea, at the western edge of Japan.
◆Participants From 1 to 5 guests
◆Tour Length 4days, 3nights
◆When Spring（Mar－Apr）, Autumn（Sep－Dec）
Previous night― Meet guide at Hakata port
Night Ferry from Hakata Port to Aokata Port on Nakadori island(Kamigoto).
Day1－Shimamichi walk from Ebukuro to Tsuwazaki
Local bus from Aokata to Ebukuro.
Walk from Ebukuro to fisherman’s village Tsuwazaki. (12km, 4.5hrs)
Sea taxi from Tsuwazaki to Nozaki island. Arrive at lodge.
Day2－Shimamichi walk “Nozaki island trek”
There used to be three settlements (Nozaki, Nokubi, and Funamori) on the island and around 600 people lived there. At present, there are no residents on the island. You can still see the stone-walled terraced fields, a shrine, and some remnants of old houses. The island have a distinctive, unique cultural landscape in Japan.
Day3－AM: Free (Nozaki island)
PM: Boat to Ojika island. Arrive at Japanese inn or homestay
Day4－AM: Small island lifestyle/culture experience
PM: Ferry from Ojika to Hakata Port(5hrs) or to Sasebo Port(2.5hrs)