Japan Median Tectonic Line Islands Touring (1) – Kamishima, Tojishima, Sakatejima


In Japan, there is a large fault system named “Japan Median Tectonic Line (JMTL)”. A lot of rises in there, also many small islands in there.
So I traveled island around JMTL in Kii Peninsula.

I traveled with my motorcycle. I went to Irago-misaki, and go around Kii Peninsula. The route is (Tokyo) – (Irago-misaki) – Kamishima – (Toba) – Tojishima – Sakatejima – Kashikojima – Masakijima – (Shiono-misaki) – Tomogashima – (Nagoya) – (Tokyo).

As an aside, I ran Meihan-Kokudo on way back (famous road as frequent car accidents). It was scared a little.

Kami-shima (神島)

An island in ahead of Irago-cape. It’s the gateway of Ise-wan.

This island is the setting of a novel “Shiosai” written by MISHIMA Yukio. I don’t know detail about him.

Overview of Kami-shima. From ferry between Irago and Toba.

Overview of Kami-shima from an ferry between Irago and Toba.

CONV_DSC_6887 A ship to go to Kami-shima.

CONV_DSC_6959 CONV_DSC_6967 “Sentaku-ba (Washing place)” in the village. There is many houses in this small area. So it’s very narrow. An stairway in this picture is way to lighthouse.

CONV_DSC_7024 Kami-shima lighthouse. The gold plate says “Holy place for lovers”.

CONV_DSC_7042 Kami-shima Kanteki-Sho Ruins (神島監的哨). These had been buildings for observing test firing from Irago. They had watched points of impact from here.

CONV_DSC_7157 The village.

CONV_DSC_7184 A building looks like monster or something. Probably no person living in this.

Toji-shima (答志島)

The island near from Toba which is famous tourist resort.

CONV_DSC_7261Apparently they have doing movement for making bridge from toba (This signboard says “The hope of all of us, Building bridge of Toji-shima”). Surely this is not unrealistic because this island is so close from Toba.

CONV_DSC_7277“Kubi-zuka” (means mound of a head) in small mountain near from the port. It is said that there is KUKI Yoshitaka’s head in here, who committed suicide in here.


CONV_DSC_7330This is “Dou-zuka” (means mound of a trunk). There is also KUKI Yoshitaka’s trunk in here. Sadly his head and trunk are splitted different mounds. Maybe some reasons there.


CONV_DSC_7339“Chiarai-ike” (means pond for washing blood).


CONV_DSC_7346Pure water and clean beach.


CONV_DSC_7356“Kaniana-kofun” (an ancient tomb). I could not recognize where is the tomb because this is not typical “kofun”. (See also: Kofun at wikipedia)


CONV_DSC_7363An island of Yahata shrine. It is connected by footbridge.


CONV_DSC_7377The time of departure of group of fishing boats.


CONV_DSC_7393Around Wagu fishing port (in Northern part of the island). Kubi-zuka and Dou-zuka are in small mountains in center part of this picture.


CONV_DSC_7426This is around Momotori fishing port (Southern part of the island).

A distant view of Shimagasaki lighthouse. I couldn’t go near because no time to go.

CONV_DSC_7471JMSDF’s vessel anchored. There is many kinds of ships in Irago-suido (Sea area aroung Irago-misaki).

CONV_DSC_7515A ferry with a clane. Looks like useful.

Sakate-jima (坂手島)

This is an island near toba too. Small island.
 CONV_DSC_7522Overview of Sakate-jima village.
CONV_DSC_7529In the village. Almost ways in this village are very narrow like this. Apparently some of them use mopeds. But I thought it is difficult to go with mopeds…
CONV_DSC_7540Ayame-ike (irises pond). There was so many flags written “Ayame festival”. They say May is the iris season.


CONV_DSC_7558This signboard says “(Do not trash here.) DO NOT TRASH NYLON. I BEG YOU PLEASE.”.

There is many signboards like it in this island. Maybo so many nylons have dumped. Is it used in fishing or something?

CONV_DSC_7566A cat in Sakate.

CONV_DSC_7576A building for a water service. Undersea pipe for sending drinking water from Toba have connected here. Isolated islands, particularly small islands often faces difficulties of securing drinking water. Many of them have depended on sending pipes like this.

CONV_DSC_7602A gray heron aiming something. Later, it flyied away without capturing anything.

CONV_DSC_7621An ex-pier.

CONV_DSC_7662Japanese Pied Wagtail.

CONV_DSC_7679A cat in Sakate (2)

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