Shimane Cycling Navi


SpecialFeel the Scale of the Nature of the Miracle Island, Dogo Island of Oki Islands

Oki Dogo Island, the biggest island of the Oki Islands – “the miracle islands” with its amazing nature and unique ecosystem and culture. This an 85km circuit course, riding clockwise along the coastline starting and finishing at Saigo Port with the altitude gain of over 1600m which is more for the advanced cyclist.

There are so many attractions on this course such as the beautiful view of the coastline and the spectacular strata by the volcanic activities, as well as local delicacies from rich marine resources.

The Oki Islands located 50km north of the Shimane Peninsula, consist of the three Dozen islands – Chibuli-jima Island (Chibu-mura), Nakano-shima Island (Ama-cho), Nishino-shima Island (Nishinoshima-cho) – and Dogo Island (Okinoshima-cho). The population of the all four islands combined is 21,000, and the total area is around 350km.

The Oki Islands were registered as a UNESCO Global Geopark in 2013, as so much untouched nature remained there. They have a rich history as well, including the ancient trading of local obsidian, being the place where the Emperors Gotoba Joko and Godaigo were exiled to, as wells as being a port on the voyages of the Kitamae-bune ships during the Edo period.


Starting Saigo Port with the unique view of Oki Islands from the cape

Start from Saigo Port where a bronze statue of a yokai monster is placed, because Shigeru Mizuki, the author of “Gegege no Kitaro” had a connection to Oki.
The route goes along the coast line soon after the start, with 30km of gentle ups and downs to Nagu Cape. Saigo-ohashi Bridge is the first landmark to see.

As a symbolic figure, used as a passage to Oki Island Global Geopark Airport, and one of the must-see sites Saigo Port Lighthouse is nearby.

The 50 to100m cliff of the west side of Saigo Port entrance is the remaining of the volcanic activity of 550,000 years ago, which is the east half of crater was blown off by the phreatomagmatic eruptions.This dynamic land scape can be seen from the coast line.

Shigeru Mizuki Yokai Statue welcomes at Saigo Port, start and goal of this course.

Sigo-ohashi Bridge

Crossing Saigo-ohashi Bridge, the land mark of Saigo Port, built in 1979 as the biggest Lohse bridge in Japan.

Saigo Bay from Saigo Cape Lighthouse, with the beautiful clear sea.

Beautiful sunset, migratory birds and the white rocks of alkaline rhyolite can be seen from Saigo Cape Lighthouse.

Nagu Cape towards Japan Sea, with the rescue light (former lighthouse) installed in 1910 which still remains in operation.

Beautiful scenery along the coastline around Shiono-hama Beach.


Fukuura Tunnels, a Civil Engineering (Works) Heritage after conquering the hills

The tough hills of 200m altitude with continuous ups and downs starts after Nagu Cape. There will also be the grand scale of the coastal scenery caused by erosion from the rough waves of the Japan Sea.

Fukuura Tunnels, a famous site 10km from there, the smaller one was dug by hand-tools, and the bigger one was dug by hand-tools and dynamite, then widened later by heavy machinery in Showa Era.

The tunnels are registered as a Civil Works Heritage of Japan and refer to the history of the people and engineering, changing from foot to carriage then vehicle.

Civil Engineering Heritage of Fukuura Tunnels, the smaller one was dug by hand-tools, and the bigger one was dug by hand-tools and dynamite. Currently no entry.


Magnificent view of Shirashima Coast after conquering the long climb, with the dancing statue of Shigeru Mizuki

Leave Fukuura Tunnels then small ups and downs to go, then starts the toughest part of this course, about 5km of climb.

Mt. Omine, alt. 507.6m where a cattle ranch and wind mills are located, appears half way through the climb, and shows its formation by the dynamic topographic transition.

Arriving at Oki Shirashima Coast, the most popular tourist site at the northern tip (point) of the island, after the climb and descent the windy road. This tourist site is registered as a National Scenic Natural Monument, created with Shirashima Cape and small islands, with the beautiful scenery of the contrast of the green of pine trees, the white rock cliff and the deep blue of the sea. There is an observatory nearby, though the 5km route to it with an average 8.8% slope is very tough.

Spotted the end of the Mizuki Shigeru Road from Sakaiminato to Oki, check out the Shigeru Mizuki Dancing Statue next to Kita Elementary School.

Then, few kilometres after that the route arrives at Sazae Village, which serves the local delicacy of “sazae-don bowl”.

The peak of Mt. Omine, 507.6m alt., with the land scape formed by the dynamic topographic transition

The cattle and Saigo Bay in the view from the cape ranch. *No entry to the pastureland

Oki Shirashima Coast is formed with Shirashima Cape and small islands including Okinoshima (沖ノ島) Island

Shigeru Mizuki Dancing Statue located next to Kita Elementary School, at the end of the Mizuki Shigeru Road

Sazae-don bowl is one of the local delicacies must to eat, served at the Sazae Village next to Nakamura Beach

Mizuwakasu-jinja Shrine built with the unique architectural style called Oki Zukuri. This shrine was used as a location for the film “Konshin”


25km to finish, pedal along the island’s east coast to Saigo Port. There are dramatic landscapes created by volcanic activities and upheavals of the bottom of the sea on the way.

Visited Sasaki Residence in Kama area, Okinoshima-cho, registered as Important Cultural Property, one of the oldest former shoya (village headman) house in Dogo Area built in 1836. The local cuisine can be experienced as well as the tour of the house. The goal is so close now, crossing Saigo Higashi-ohashi Bridge then approaching Saigo Port.

Sasaki Residence, an Important Cultural Property in Kama area in Okinoshima-cho

Cozy, delicious local cuisine

Lunch at Sasaki Residence, an Important Cultural Property

Tsumabuki-no-kai (Kinoshita)
2111 yen / person (admission fee included) from 4 people

Tel: 090-5371-6303


Arriving at the goal of Saigo Port by crossing Saigo Higashi-ohashi Bridge.

Over all, the large scale of the scenery with the nature of the coast line and its unique landscape make this course spectacular. The route is well maintained and good condition though there are many tunnels and so cyclists must carry lights.
There are so many things to see and all so impressive despite of the course is mainly along the coast line. And there are still more to see and feel, so enjoy this course with your way.
There are so many things to see and all so impressive even though the course is mainly along the coast line. There still more things to see and feel, so feel free to take detours if you want.

< More to see >

Ainohashi Shotengai with the traditional townscape by the river, the atmosphere and the scenery are so laid back and peaceful.

Yabigawa Kappa Excursion Boat, the popular excursion boat touring along Yabi-gawa River with its kappa legend and the fishing village. A walk around the town is an optional extra.

  • Operating Season : 1 April to 31 October
  • Operating Hours : 1) 10:00~ 2) 13:45~ 3)15:45~
  • Duration: 45mins. * with reservation
  • Fees: 1,500 yen / adult, 750 yen / child
  • Reservation : Okinoshima-cho Tourist Association 08512-2-0787

Ushitsuki Bullfighting, originated to entertain Gotoba Joko who was exiled to Oki about 800 years ago. Kanko-ushitsuki, bullfight for tourists is organized and held in this dome.

  • Date: Check
  • Start: 9:00, Duration: about 15 mins.
  • Fee: 1,300 yen / adult, 650 yen elementary and junior high school students
    *Free for child before school
  • Contact: Okinoshima-cho Tourist Association 08512-2-0787



< Feel the Scale of the Nature of the Miracle Island, Dogo Island of Oki Islands >