AreaSanriku Coast

Scenic Oshima Island

大島 | Oshima

Beautiful island escape with hiking and beaches

Photo by Roger Smith

Photo by Roger Smith

Photo by Monder Rehamnia

Photo by Laura Egan

  • Oshima is a small  island off the coast of Kesennuma, just nine square kilometers in area. Until recently, it was only accessible by ferry boat, but since the completion of the Kesennuma-Oshima Bridge in 2019, it is now possible to get to the island by car or bicycle.

    Rent a bicycle at the Information Center at Kesennuma Station and take the scenic ten-kilometer ride to the island. The coastal sections of this route are breathtaking and offer some dramatic views of the ships lined up in Kesennuma Port.

    Make a stop at the Oshima Welcome Terminal for a cup of coffee and a snack before continuing onward to some of the most beautiful landscapes in the whole Sanriku area, such as Mount Kameyama and Cape Tatsumaizaki. In the summertime, travelers can also enjoy a swim at Kodanohama Beach, recognized as one of Japan’s best beaches by the national government.

    WEBSITEhttps://visit-kesennuma.com/

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Details

ADDRESS

Kesennuma City, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan

ACCESS BY PUBLIC TRANSIT

By bus: About 30 minutes from Kesennuma Station (気仙沼駅) or Shishiori-Karakuwa Station (鹿折唐桑駅). Board bus bound for Oshima (大島), alight at desired stop. Desired stop varies based on desired sightseeing destination. For bus stop details and timetables, see here.

ADMISSION

Free

HOURS

Always open

CLOSED DAYS

None

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