Welcome to Dōgo
While Dōgo (島後), the Oki group's largest island, has notably more signs of civilisation than the Dōzen trio, the pace here is as delightfully slow and there's still barely a franchised or recognisable brand to be found. The island is notable for its giant, wizened old cedar trees: the 800-year-old Chichi-sugi tree is believed to be the home of a deity; and the Yao-sugi tree at Tamakawasu-no-mikoto-jinja is thought to be 2000 years old, its gnarled sprawling branches propped up with posts.
The island boasts nature and coastal walks, and boat tours in the Saigō port area and along the northern Shirashima Coast. Bull sumo is an attraction throughout the year – not big guy versus bull, but bull versus bull.