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Iki Kagura (Shinto Theatrical Dance of Iki Island) Kagura is a religious performing art with a long tradition and history dating back to the Muromachi period. Differing from other regions, on Iki both the dance and music are performed only by the Shinto priests. In August and December, spectacular grand kagura performances are held at the shrine over a 7- to 8-hour timespan.
Tatsunoshima IslandTatsunoshima Island seems to float upon the vivid blue ocean. View the uniquely eroded stacks, caves and arches, as well as “Snake Valley”, named for the narrow gorge that snakes between 50-meter cliffs. If you are a thrill-seeker, you can walk along the top of the cliff. The island’s beach with its fine white sand and calm crystal-clear waters is the perfect place to relax.
Haru-no-Tsuji RuinsThe archeological remains at Haru-no-Tsuji are located on a flat plain between Ishida Town and Ashibe Town. The area has provided important insights into life during the Yayoi Period (approx 300BC - 300AD) and has been designated as a site of National Historical Interest. The moated settlement is regarded as the location of the ancient capital of Iki, a country that existed in that period. It appears in a Chinese historical text “The Records of the Three Kingdoms”, as the oldest kingdom in Japan. 17 buildings have been restored at the site.
The Iki Island Roadbike RaceGet the most of Iki’s natural beauty by participating its ever-popular bike races
Iki island’s special bike course will be held on public roads that trace its coast. Several races are available to those interested in cycling. Several races will be held during this time. A race for professionals associated with the Japan Cycling Federation, a 50km, a 30km, and races for these brackets: young, junior, and ladies’. There will also be an 8km challenge course for junior cyclists. Get into gear for a great race around Iki island!
Tatsunoshima Swimming BeachSwim on a deserted island at Tatsunoshima, the most northern islet of the Iki Islands. Enjoy a dip in the crystal-clear waters and watch as cobalt blue fish dart around the wharf.
The long arched foreshore resembles an archer’s bow, with a wide shallow sand bar that provides the ideal spot for beginner to intermediate swimmers. If you tire of swimming, take a break to stroll around the island and see dramatic cliff faces and the narrow gorge nicknamed ‘Snake Valley’ up close.
Tatsunoshima Swimming Beach is only a 5-minute ferry ride from Katsumoto Port, a shuttle running every 30-minutes during summer. Flat bottomed boats ensure a smooth ride to and from the island. Pair your day at the beach with a pleasure boat cruise to learn about the island and its surroundings.