Welcome to Ōmi-shima
The mountainous island of Ōmi-shima (大三島) is connected by bridge to Ikuchi-jima to the east and Ō-shima to the southeast. For such a modest, mandarin-growing island, some remarkable architectural gems have been grabbing the attention of visitors. Award-winning architect Itō Toyo has implemented ambitious building projects to revive the island's fortunes while honouring its natural environment. Get off the 'recommended' in-and-out cycling route to explore the geometric structures of the architecture museum, or the modern sculptures at Tokoro Museum; and to have the unique experience of sleeping in a schoolhouse turned designer guesthouse under the guidance of Itō. There are rewarding sea views at every turn.
The traditional attraction on Ōmi-shima is one of western Japan's most ancient Shintō shrines, Ōyamazumi-jinja, with a treasure hall holding the largest collection of samurai weaponry in the country.