When the tide lowers and the sea slowly parts, a sandbar emerges from the water creating a path that connects Kuroshima island to two other smaller islands, Nakanokojima and Hashinokojima, in the middle of the Ushimado bay.

Although this spot is particularly popular with couples due to its romantic atmosphere, it has a broader appeal to nature lovers and anyone seeking for a unique experience.

How to get there
Kuroshima Island can be accessed by sea kayaks, local boats or a sightseeing ship departing from Ushimado’s premier hotel: Limani Hotel. You do not need to be a guest of the hotel to hop onto their boat, however advance booking is necessary. As low-tide only occurs once, maybe twice, during the day, it is advised to first have a look at the departure times here.    

/ Price & Opening Hours

Price (from Limani Hotel)
Minimum two people - one way is 5 minutes, total time of the activity is 40 minutes
Adult: 2000 yen (tax not included)
Primary school student: 1000 yen (tax not included)
Infant: 500 yen (tax not included)
Child from 0 to 3 years old: Free

Location

Kuroshima Venus Road

3900 Ushimadocho Ushimado, Setouchi, Okayama 701-4302

Access

By public transport:

Board a train from Okayama station to Oku station on the Ako line (around 30 min).

At Oku station, take the bus to Ushimado (bus stop is right in front of the station) and get off at the last stop in front of the Limani hotel. Total time: around 20 min

Or

Take a 15 min taxi ride from Oku station around 2800 yen one way

By car:

Take the Blue Line and get off at the Oku-Ushimado Exit. Around 50 minutes.

Free parking available at the Limani hotel.  

Limani Hotel Contact information

Phone number: +81 (0)869-34-5500
(English available)http://www.limani.jp/LimaniEng/sightseeing.php