Megijima Island

An “ogre island” only 20 minutes from Takamatsu!?

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    20th Century Recall / Hagetaka Funjo

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The island of Megijima has a population of 170 and an area of 2.62 km2 (as of April 1, 2017).
Easily visible from the port of Takamatsu, the island is only 20 minutes away by ferry.

Halfway up Mt. Washigamine at the island’s center is a cavern, said to have been the home of ogres—hence the island’s nickname, “Ogre Island.” Displayed inside the cavern are ogre-face tiles, created by 3,000 middle school students for the 2013 Setouchi Triennale art festival. A short, 10-minute climb from the cave is the Mt. Washigamine observation deck, which offers a 360-degree view of the Seto Inland Sea.

Another sight to notice is the tall stone walls protecting the village near the port. These ote, built to protect houses from fierce winter winds, were cleverly thought up by islanders and are a window into Megijima’s culture. The island is also famous for its 3,000 cherry trees—in spring, they blossom into soft pink as far as the eye can see. Come summer, you can enjoy swimming at the beach.

■ Getting around the island
・Buy bus tickets and rent bicycles at the ferry waiting building, “Oni no Yakata.”
・A mountain road connects the cavern from the port, so taking the bus is recommended.
・A combined day trip to both Ogijima and Megijima Islands from Takamatsu is possible. Visitors who wish to take their time can stay overnight at one of the island’s accommodations.

■ Main sights
Onigashima Cavern, Ote stone walls, Mt. Washigamine Observation Deck, Sumiyoshi-jinja Shrine, Sea Gulls Parking Lot, 20th Century Recall, and more.

Island Hopping

Basic Information

Address 高松市女木町
Admission Fee One way:
Adult ¥370
Elementary school ¥190

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