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Reviewed September 12, 2018

Sure, it's not a fancy island, it's not for the trendy crowds and you will not find amazing resorts there.
What it is, is a beautiful little island, with a beautiful little village on the side of the hill populated by some of the nicest people I've met.

Also, it's the main ongoing success from the revitalization efforts that the region has been working hard at.

As you may be aware, Japan has some serious problems with depopulation, the countryside and the islands being the places that are affected the most. Since 2010, serious efforts have been undertaken by the local government to try to circumvent this depopulation, with various rates of success, and it's on Ogijima that it has worked the best so far. Mostly because, it's not basing its revitalization solely on tourism, but on developing actual (economic, cultural and more) activities on the island aimed at both residents and visitors. Of course, there is the art, but also cafés and restaurants, a library, various events (a Wordcamp took place on the island in July 2018), and more (a small natural spa opened recently).

Note that on week days outside of the Setouchi Triennale, most things aimed at visitors are closed though, so better to visit on a week-end if it's your first time visiting.

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank DavidinSetouchi
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Reviewed December 10, 2017

Laid back island with a village set on the slopes facing the port. Lovely place to be walking around the windy, hilly streets. But the main draw for me was the amazing lighthouse about 30 minutes' walk away from the village. I have always loved lighthouses and this is the closest I have gotten to one.

Besides the lighthouse, I also chanced upon a lovely cafe that serves beer, coffee, cakes, and bread. Unfortunately, I did not note the name of the cafe as I was hurrying off to catch the last ferry of the day back. To get there: Directly behind the visitor centre at the ferry terminal is a torii gate. Walk straight through it, upslope, and at the corner of the first left turn, there is where this beautiful cafe is. When I was there, it was newly opened (2 weeks). The owner speaks very good English, and he talked about how they renovated the whole place of their own, in a 99-year old building. It has a loft from which you get to see beautiful views of the sea and sunset.

Date of experience: December 2017
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Reviewed October 16, 2017 via mobile

It was a rainy Monday, galleries on Naoshima were closed for the day, so we opted for Ogishima. This was low season, a couple of weeks before Golden Week so yes, not much was open. If not for the sustaining plain soba served at the info centre we would have been hungry indeed! However, even in the rain, the walks around the charming hilly village and out to the lighthouse were delightful. I also slogged up to the lookout and was rewarded with a magnificent stormy view over the Seto sea. Sometimes the not so picture perfect days produce the most memorable experiences.

Date of experience: April 2017
3  Thank Deb B
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Reviewed November 15, 2016

We were there for the Setouchi Triannale and I found the island is very charming, it is very nice for a half day excursion, combined with Megijima for example.

Date of experience: October 2016
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Reviewed August 22, 2016

A delightful island to visit as part of the Setouchi festival . Lots of steep walk and beautiful vistas. We had an impromptu lunch of traditional food cooked by locals down at the wharf. Also visited a peaceful coffee shop in a quiet alley up above the port. It was a Centre for beautiful locally produced lacquerware which it sold. Pricey but we didn't see anything as nice late in our travels.

Date of experience: July 2016
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