Live the Island Life Off Nagasaki’s Coast
Explore Japan's hidden history on Ojika Island
Refresh yourself with a ferry trip to Ojika Island. Feel the sand between your toes as you stare out at pristine blue oceans, and then retire to a lavishly restored traditional farmhouse, known as a kominka. Ojika is a treasure trove of these establishments, with seven of them having been renovated and remodeled into restaurants and inns by renowned researcher on Eastern culture, Alex Kerr.
Make a pilgrimage to the almost-uninhabited Nozaki Island, 30-minute away by town-run boat, home to the former Nokubi Church, once a place of worship for those who became known as Japan's "Hidden Christians." Then tackle Nozaki's terrain on a hike afterward.
Back on Ojika, embark on a bike or hiking tour, or even seek out a workshop where you’ll learn to make peanut-flavored tofu, an island favorite. Its idyllic natural environment protected as part of Saikai National Park, we think you'll agree that Ojika rightfully earns its moniker as Japan's most beautiful village.
Ferries to Ojika depart from both Sasebo and Fukuoka on the main island of Kyushu, with the fast ferry from the former taking roughly 1.5 hours to complete the journey. Tickets for high-speed boats or ferries from Fukuoka must be reserved, so be sure to plan ahead.
Sasebo Convention & Visitors Association