Welcome to Oki Islands
North of Matsue in the Sea of Japan are the remote and spectacular Oki Islands (隠岐諸島; Oki-shotō), once used to exile officials (including two emperors) who came out on the losing side of political squabbles. Being cut off from the mainland, there are cultural and religious practices preserved here that aren't observed elsewhere in Japan, the pace of life is decidedly slower, and there's a refreshing lack of development at the tourist spots. Four of the islands are inhabited: the three Dōzen Islands – Nishino-shima, Chiburi-jima and Nakano-shima – and the larger Dōgo island. Allow at least a couple of days to visit and keep in mind that ferry services are subject to change and halt in bad weather.
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