Oki-Toku Special Ticket Campaign

Oki-Toku Special Ticket Campaign

A real deal!!! Travel to the Oki Islands! A chance for free return tickets? What exactly is an Oki-Toku Special Ticket?

You may think that travelling to a remote island would be very expensive and worry about all the costs of ferries or airplane tickets, ect. Well, fear not! We are now having a campaign called “Oki-Toku Special Tickets” in which you will be able to get the return ticket for free! In this article we will introduce how to use “Oki-Toku Special Tickets” and utilise it to visit all four islands of Oki!

What is an “Oki-Toku Special Ticket?”
A great deal for people who want to travel by ferry and fast ferry.

Stay at local accommodation and experience activities* from participating providers in the Oki Islands, and you can get your return ferry 2nd class ticket (normally costs JPY 3,510) free of charge. If you arrive on the Rainbow Jet, your return Rainbow Jet will be free. If you arrive on the normal ferry, you’ll still get a discount for the return trip on Rainbow Jet—just pay the island resident discounted price of JPY 1,440 (normal cost JPY 6,680).

*Fees for accommodation and activities are at a separate cost.

Two types of ships

● Ferry: You can enjoy the sea breeze and the scenery from the deck of the ship, or lie down on the carpeted floor area of the ferry (pillows are free of charge and rental blankets are available for JPY 30). Travel time: approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes.
● Fast Ferry Rainbow Jet: The ship has two floors with comfortable seatings. Travel time: approximately 70 min - 2hr, depending on the destination and the route.

Two types of ships

The ferry and fast ferry departs from Shichirui Port in Matsue and Sakaiminato Port in Sakaiminato City. Please check the timetables to decide which ferry to take that is most suitable for your itinerary. Take a look at our articls section to see how to board the ferry and the fast ferry Rainbow Jet before your departure. 

How To Reserve and Use

1. Reserve your ticket online ahead of time. Click here to go the the official English website of the campaign.

2. Fill in the passenger boarding form located inside the port (Shichirui or Sakaiminato). When you hand it to the staff at the Oki Kisen ticket window, tell them you have an “Oki-Toku Special Ticket” reservation.

3. Receive the required stamps on your Oki-Toku Special Ticket during your visit to the islands. The activity providers and employees of the accommodation you choose will stamp it for you, so make sure to ask them.
4. On your return trip, show your stamped Oki-Toku Special Ticket to the staff at the Oki Kisen ticket window inside the port. They will check your stamps and exchange it for a return ferry or fast ferry ticket.

Now we will introduce you to how to visit the 4 islands of Oki for 2 nights and 3 days, using the Oki-Toku Special Ticket!

How to prepare

1. Reservation is required at least three days before your visit (not including the day of arrival).
2. It is best to make a reservation for the hotels before coming to the islands as there might be no available room once you arrive.
3. Most activities also require an advance reservation, we suggest making those reservations to ensure you will get all the necessary stamps.

Have a look at a sample itinerary plan to visit the Oki Islands for a 2 nights 3 days trip!

Day One

Day One

8:30 Arrive at Shichirui Port, fill in the passenger boarding form located inside the port. When you hand it to the staff at the Oki Kisen ticket window, tell them you have an “Oki-Toku Special Ticket” reservation. 
9:00 Hop on the Ferry Oki bound for Dōgo, Okinoshima Town. (Ferry bound for Dōzen— Ama Town, Nishinoshima Town, Chibu Village departs at 9:30).
11:25 Arrive in Okinoshima Town. Make a visit to the Oki Islands Geopark Museum  (a chance to get a stamp).
12:00 Lunch
12:40 Rent a car and go to Tsuma area to join the sea kayaking cave tour (a chance to get a stamp).
17:00 Watch the sun setting on Rōsoku-jima (Candle Island) from a  sightseeing boat (a chance to get a stamp).
18:00 Stay overnight at an accomodation (a chance to get a stamp).

Day Two

Day Two

8:00 Check out of the hotel and return the rental car
8:30 Get on board the Ferry Shirashima and travel to Nishinoshima Town!
10:05 Arrive at Nishinoshima Town! Get on the 10:14 bus to go to Uragō area. The bus stop is located outside the tourism association office. Please ask staff for assistance if you are not sure where to board the bus.
10:50 Hop on the sightseeing boat to visit the breathtaking Kuniga Coast, one of the icons of the Oki Islands (a chance to get a stamp).
12:10 Lunch in Uragō area
13:09 Get on the bus to go back to Beppu Port.
14:10 Get on the inter-island ferry to go to Ama Town.
14:40 Join the Underwater Viewing Boat Amanbow tour and take a peek into the sea (a chance to get a stamp).
From 15:30 Take it easy after an exciting day and stay overnight at one of the three islands of Dōzen (another chance to get a stamp).

Day Three

Day Three

If you stayed in Nishinoshima or Ama Town, get on the inter-island ferry to go to Chibu Village. The inter-island ferry Isokaze departs from Nishinoshima Town at 8:23 and from Ama Town at 8:31.

8:50 Rent an e-bike at the Chiburijima Tourism Association (located inside the ferry terminal) and explore the beautiful scenery of Chibu Village!
12:30 Lunch, return the rental bikes
13:50 Get on the inter-island ferry to go to Nishinoshima Town
15:20 Before boarding, please fill out the passenger boarding form and show the staff the stamped Oki-Toku Special Ticket at the ticket window to receive a free return ticket.
15:45 Get on board of Ferry Oki bound for Shichirui Port
17:55 Arrive at Shichirui Port. There are transit buses bound for Matsue Station or Sakaiminato Port and Yonago Station via Yonago Airport.

How is our recommended 2 nights 3 days trip to the Oki Islands? This is just a brief idea of how you can enjoy the island activities while participating in the campaign! But since you will only need one stamp of the activities and one stamp of an accommodation, feel free to adjust your trip and enjoy in any way that you like, whether it is watching the scenery of the islands, or relaxing at a cafe. Check out our recommended facilities and cafes article!

Information on discounts other than the Oki-Toku Special Ticket

“Oki-Toku Special Ticket” is a campaign for tourists travelling by ferry or fast ferry, and it can be used with other campaigns as well. In Shimane Prefecture, the “Anata no Shimane Campaign is also giving discounts of up to 50% off (max. discount amount JPY 5,000) for accomodation, and JPY 2,000 “Shimaneko Coupons” that can be used at restaurants and souvenir’s shops.

The “Anata no Shimane Campaign” is available for residents of Hiroshima, Okayama, Yamaguchi, Shimane, Tottori, Tokushima, Kagawa, Ehime, and Kochi prefectures.

Combining Oki-Toku Special Ticket, “Anata no Shimane Campaign” and Shimaneko Coupon
Depart by: Ferry
Return by: Ferry
You will save JPY 10,510 (Return ferry ticket JPY 3,510 + Anata no Shimane Campaign JPY 5,000 + Shimaneko Coupon JPY 2,000)

Depart by: Fast Ferry Rainbow Jet
Return by: Ferry
You will save JPY 10,510 (Return ferry JPY 3,510 + Your Shimane JPY 5,000 + Shimaneko coupon JPY 2,000)

Depart by: Ferry
Return by: Fast Ferry Rainbow Jet
You will save JPY 12,240 (High-speed ship on the way back 5,240 yen + Your Shimane 5,000 yen + Shimaneko Coupon 2,000 yen)

Depart by: Fast Ferry Rainbow Jet
Return by: Fast Ferry Rainbow Jet
You will save JPY 13,680 (High-speed ship on the way back 6,680 yen + Your Shimane 5,000 yen + Shimaneko coupon 2,000 yen)

Text by Nicharee Plubsiri (Yaleen)

See the articles below for summer recommendations and hotel openings on the islands!

Planning you summer getaway?
Here is the newest information on accommodations that you can still book in this peak tourism season!
Summer Cuisines Unique to the Islands of Oki!
The Oki Islands—seafood lovers’ paradise! Here are our recommended dishes for your summer getaway! Enjoying the local food while getting to know the local culture in more depth!
Looking for the Cool Breeze in Oki Islands UNESCO Global Geopark
On land and under the sea, moving around or lazing about—let’s explore the natural wonders of Oki Islands UNESCO Global Geopark while looking for the cool breeze!
Summer in the Oki Islands: Places to Go and Things to Know
We have gathered a few tips for visiting the Oki Islands in summer and here’s some inspiration for your trip.
Enjoy all four islands in every weather, rain or sunshine! (Facilities & Cafes)
The Oki Islands are located in the north of Shimane Prefecture. Naturally as they are islands, the weather is ever-changing.

Official English Website of the Campaign

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