Shiraishi Island

Shiraishi Island, Kasaoka: Tickets, Tours, Address, Phone Number, Shiraishi Island Reviews: 4.5/5

Shiraishi Island
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Shiraishi, a tiny island with a population of 800 on the Seto Inland Sea, is only accessible by ferry.
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Khmer14
Manchester, UK98 contributions
Fantastic place to get away from everything.
Oct 2018
Shiraishi Island is one of the Kasaoka islands. We spent there 3 days at the end of October ad it was one of the highlights of our stay in Japan. Our visit there would be impossible without the help of Amy Chavez. She has been living on the island for more than 20 years. She helped us with arranging an accommodation in Amagiso Ryokan and while on the island she took us to so called new port to watch moon-rising which was unforgettable experience. She even brought us fresh coffee every morning. She has an enormous knowledge about Japan and the island itself.
Amagiso ryokan is really great place to stay, right on the beach. Another place to stay is International Villa which is located a bit inland, on the hill. If one visits island outside main season( like we did) there are no open restaurants but let this not to put you off. There is a well stocked grocery shop where one can buy all sort of food, drinks etc. I would recommend to visit island outside the season as it is unbelievably quiet, relax. Locals are very friendly. Homes,cars bicycles are left unlocked. It is truly different world.
There are some hiking routes on the island with fantastic views over the sea. ]There is also pilgrimage route similar to the one on Shikoku but on smaller scale.
If anyone want to escape the world,people and relax with only sound of waves and birds and in the company of friendly locals, Shiraishi is the place for you.
Written November 6, 2018
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Chris S
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Worth visiting for sure!
Jun 2017 • Family
We spent a nice leisurely time on the island. The weather was perfect and the hospitality was terrific. Visiting in June before the summer crowds was also a pleasant experience as we essentially had the beach to ourselves.
We also spent one night camping on the beach which worked out quite well too. The cost of camping: FREE! That price never disappoints.
The public toilets were clean and showers were also available. Finally, we were lucky enough to have been granted permission to use the Mooo Bar for shade during our visit by local owner and Shiraishi expert, Amy Chavez. All in all, I highly recommend a visit to those who have yet to check Shiraishi out! I am certain we will be back!
Written July 3, 2017
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Esther R
8 contributions
Relax and Moo!!
Jul 2015 • Couples
We only stayed for one night at Shiraishi Island, which was a mistake.... Easily could have stayed for a week. We came from Hiroshima and were in touch with Amy from the Moo Bar before our arrival. She provided us with all the transport information, booked a ryokan for us and answered all our question, which was super helpful. We arrived with the ferry and had to do a short walk to the ryokan through a very cute village. You can rent kayaks at the beach (which we unfortunately didn't have the time for), slurp a yammy cocktail at the Moo Bar and have a seafood dinner next door to the Moo Bar. In the morning we went for a run on the trails, which had stunning views and a an amazing jungle. Would definitely go back.
Written August 3, 2015
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mika862
Okayama, Japan251 contributions
何もない贅沢 Nothing but nature
Aug 2014 • Friends
特に観光地があるわけではないが、ゆっくりとした時間が流れています。海水浴場もアクセスが悪い分、渋川や沙美ほど混んでないです。

Nothing special, just ocean and slow life. If you want to relax, this is the place.
Written May 25, 2015
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ACousein
Boechout, Belgium2 contributions
Moooo! bar on Shiraishi
Aug 2014 • Family
One of the best things about this island is the Moooo bar -- and not only if you stay on the island. The owneers helped us out when we were in a financial tight spot (because of trouble using Maestro cards in Japan), without asking for anything in return, or even accepting any financial reward.

If this bar can make you relax a little even when you're really nerve-wrecked, image what it'll do for you if you're in a holiday mood...
Written September 26, 2014
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PeggyB95
Cambridge, UK26 contributions
nice getaway
Jun 2014 • Couples
such a nice place to go, very unlike the rest of Japan as it is not so over developed. lots of activites like kayaking, swimming, walking, sunbathing to do. there is a small food shop and alcohol shop. sea water is a bit dirty. would definitely recommend!
Written July 2, 2014
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ChunMiTrecking
Kasaoka, Japan30 contributions
Relaxing getaway from the normal hustle and bustle
Aug 2013 • Couples
Shiraishi Island is a popular getaway for Japanese and Foreigners alike. The community that lives here is small and adheres to traditions stretching back in time. So if you want a chance to relax and get away from the go-go nature of Japan's cities, this is your spot.

Do:
Bring a swim suit
Flip Flops
Beach Towel
Fishing Gear
Shoes to hike in
Sunscreen
Camera
Food (besides the restaurants, there are no stores nearby)(there are vending machines)

The beach is clean, sandy, and oh so blue and warm in the summer. A perfect swimming hole for adults and children. Just be warned that there are jelly fish that will sting you if you aren't careful. I was so warned by a 5 year old during my visit. Too cute! And the bathroom facilities are basic squatters. At least they have a sink and some soap available to wash your hands!

You will find a restaurant, boat rentals, and the Moo Bar opens during the summer holiday. My husband and I went fishing, and caught some Puffer fish and a few other species. We also saw sting ray! We then went hiking up the islands many trails, passing the International Villa on our way up. The view from the top of the island is spectacular! After taking many pictures, we wandered back down to the beach to catch a ferry home. It was a wonderful visit and I would recommend this island to anyone!

FYI: there are two ferries to the island. A high speed ferry that would get you here in about 20 minutes from Kasaoka. It costs about $1130 each way. Or there is a slow ferry that takes twice as long and is three times as big. It costs about $520 each way, give or take.
Written March 17, 2014
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mackyalex
London, UK11 contributions
A perfect respite from travelling Japan
Sep 2013 • Friends
This is some years ago now (summer 2010, not 2013) but I wanted to share my experience because it was a really lovely place. My friend and I had travelled there with no accommodation, no plans, nothing... fortunately, we met a lovely Japanese pair who had booked two villas at the International Villas establishment overlooking the beach and they kindly let us take over one of theirs. The view from the villa was stunning, slanted slightly on a hill overlooking the beach towards the mainland.

At night, if you go in the water, you will find bioluminescent jelly like creatures clinging onto your body... its like something from final fantasy (shows you my age).

When we went, the place was devoid of tourists (and inhabitants it felt) which made it feel like our own little adventure. We hiked up to the top of the island's hill and came across a spectacular view. There was also a little restaurant that had the kindest people who spoke perfect English. One man in particular was called Mr Sunshine! You can guess his persona from that.

In all, for the average traveller on a 3/4 week tour of Japan, I would recommend 1 night on this beautiful island to top up the tan, have a break and see a totally unexpected side of Japan.
Written September 21, 2013
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AJIT B
Hiroshima, Japan16 contributions
Eden Island
Aug 2013
We spent just one night on the island but it was wonderful.
The beach is perfect with a beautiful sunset and from the other end we could see the sunrise as well. Really crystal clear water and lovely atmosphere. Sea sports and good food, drinks available. Amy Chavez, the famous author, lives on the island and runs the Moooo bar with her equally wonderful husband.
It was after a long time that I slept so peacefully at the comfortable Amagiso Inn on the Sea. Also maybe because of Amy Chan's Mooogarita!
Kids enjoyed the sun and sand as well. Would love to go there again!
Written September 4, 2013
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kyokushinkaratelady
Takamatsu, Japan38 contributions
A laid back, small and sweet island!
Jul 2013 • Friends
This little island is so warm and relaxing. I thought it doesn't really feel like you are actually in Japan when you are on this island. It has a distinct rustic atmosphere, and you can totally relax here. The beach is very nice, the locals are friendly and welcoming.
If you want to spend lazy, cozy days away from the noisy shopping malls, the crazy traffic, and want to just enjoy nature in a quiet, well hidden place, this is it.
Written August 5, 2013
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