During the middle of October 2017, we joined a day tour bus to Himakajima, the Octopus Island. Himakajima is one of the three islands in Mikawa Bay, together with Shinojima and Sakushima. Before heading to the main tour, we had stops of course. We’ve been to pottery village and cat alley in Tokoname, Aichi before riding a boat cruise to Himakajima to have our lunch and some spare time to stroll the island.
Himakajima is famous for its excellent seafood especially the island’s specialties in octopus and blowfish/pufferfish. You can also have a night stay in the island because they have hotels/ryokan where you can stay for the night and enjoy the remote feeling of the island. In summer, they have boat tours where you can see dolphins and play/touch these gentle mammals. You can also enjoy snorkeling and swimming in the beach. You can also rent a bicycle and bike around the island. You can swing in the ‘Heidi’s swing’, which unfortunately didn’t experience during the time I was there because of not having enough time due to tour bus time constraints. Well, there is always a reason to go back, right?
If you want to go on your own, you can. From Kowa(Aichi) station in the Meitetsu line, walk to Kowa sea port and take a Meitetsu sightseeing ferry boat to the island. Return fare costs 2,690JPY for adults and 1,360JPY for children (as of October 2017). If you will travel by car, you can alight in Morozaki port and take a high speed boat to Himakajima for return fare of 1,340JPY for adults and 670JPY for children.