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Island Adventures on an E-bike

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Feel the sea breeze as you zoom along the coasts of the Oki Islands

Oki Islands UNESCO Global Geopark

 

 

The Oki Islands, located off the coast of Shimane Prefecture, is a small, relatively unknown archipelago, waiting for you to explore it. Visitors often choose to rent a car, but perhaps the best way to experience the islands with their numerous, narrow, coastal roads is by cycling.

E-bikes, a type of electric-assisted bicycle, are available to rent on all four Oki Islands. Compared to standard bikes, e-bikes have a powerful electric motor, which will assist you when you ride on the islands’ hilly roads and make for a more relaxed experience.

Sightsee at a leisurely pace and stop wherever you want to have a closer look at anything that catches your eye⁠ - be it a local shop, one of the numerous shrines, just-harvested seaweed drying in the sun, or maybe some wildlife, or a funky-looking rock.

The islands are full of charming views with a peaceful, rural atmosphere, completely different to that of a bustling city. Cycle to some of the local villages and take a walk around, and you might even come across some islanders who enjoy a friendly chat.

 

How to get there

 

45 minutes by plane from Osaka International (Itami) Airport; 30 minutes by plane from Izumo Airport; 2 to 2.5 hours by ferry from Shichirui Port or Sakaiminato Port; 70-120 minutes fast ferry Rainbow Jet from Shichirui or Sakaiminato Port.

 

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