Access

Location of the Oki Islands

Located in the Sea of Japan 40–80 km north of Shimane Peninsula, the Oki Islands are a collection of many uninhabited islands and four inhabited islands: Dōgo Island, Nishinoshima Island, Nakanoshima Island and Chiburijima Island.
Okinoshima Town is on the largest island (Dōgo Island) and lies slightly away from the other three inhabited islands.
Nishinoshima Town, Ama Town and Chibu Village, lying respectively on Nishinoshima Island, Nakanoshima Island and Chiburijima Island, lie closer to each other and are collectively known as the Dōzen Islands.

Things to Know about the Access to the Oki Islands

  • Number of Gateways 4

    • Shimane, Shichirui Port
    • Tottori, Sakaiminato Port
    • Osaka, Itami Airport
    • Shimane, Izumo Airport

    *There are connecting buses bound for the ports.

  • Number of Transportation Methods 3

    • 2 flights per day (*1 from Osaka Itami Airport, 1 from Izumo Airport)
    • 3 ferries
    • 1 fast ferry

    *Timetable changes depending on the season.

  • Number of Entrances 5

    Dōgo

    • Oki Airport
    • Okinoshima Town, Saigō Port

    Dōzen

    • Nishinoshima Town, Beppu Port
    • Ama Town, Hishiura Port
    • Chibu Village, Kurii Port

By Ferry

Ferries and fast ferry Rainbow Jet (hydrofoil) operate from Sakaiminato Port (Tottori Prefecture) and Shichirui Port (Shimane Prefecture). Please note that the timetable changes depending on the season and the fast ferry service does not operate during the winter months. Please check the latest timetable at the Oki Kisen Ferry Line websiteThis will open in a new tab. .

Connecting buses to Sakaiminato Port or Shichirui Port are available from Matsue JR Station and Sakaiminato Station. The bus timetable is provided along with the ferry timetable on the Oki Kisen Ferry Line website. There is also a bus that connects Izumo Airport and Matsue JR Station.
Please note that flights landing in Yonago Airport do not have a connecting bus bound for the ports. Make sure to check the information when making plans for your trip. Going by train or taxi might be necessary when arriving through Yonago Airport.

Before your travels, take a moment to have a look at the short informational videos showing how to board the ferry and what kind of facilities are available on the ferries: Oki Kisen Ferry Line VideosThis will open in a new tab. (English subtitles available).

Prior booking is highly recommended if you wish to use the fast ferry Rainbow Jet.
You must make a reservation in advance if you plan to take a vehicle with you to the islands, and you must arrive at the port 60 minutes before the departure time to board your vehicle on the ferry. For more information, please see this article.

Fast Ferry Rainbow Jet BookingsThis will open in a new tab.
Ferry
Fast Ferry Rainbow Jet