Tobishima Kaido: Taking It Slow on Golden Isles
The Tobishima Kaido is a network of bridges linking seven Seto Inland Sea islands. The route starts in Shimo-kamagari near Kure in Hiroshima Prefecture and extends to Okamura in Ehime Prefecture. Osakishimo-jima's Mitarai district prospered as a port of call for Kitamaebune merchant ships, and retains the townscape from the Edo period. The island is also famous for its citrus farming, which dates back over 100 years. Britain Tom Miyagawa Coulton, who lives in Osakishimo-jima, takes us around the islands steeped in history.

Shotoen Museum

Features the area's rich maritime history, including materials related to Korean delegations to Japan.

Mitarai Town

Designated as an Important Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings in 1994 for its Edo period residences.


A gorgeous sandy extending 400 meters. A small museum nearby features the area's seaweed-salt tradition.


To reach Osakishimo-jima, take a limousine bus from Hiroshima Airport to Shinhiro Station. From there, board a local bus for Mitarai Port.