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Kami-shima, Toba

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Kami-shima is an inhabited island located in Ise Bay off the east coast of central Honshu, Japan. It is administered as part of the city of Toba in Mie Prefecture.The name of Kami-shima has alternative been written with as Kameshima or Kajima; its present form of Kami-shima, or “God island” refers to the Shinto shrine. Yatsushiro Jinja, on the island. Archaeologists have found hundreds of ceremonial artifacts, ranging from ancient mirrors to ceramics dating from the Kofun period through the Muromachi period on the island. During the Edo period, the island was used as a prison by Toba Domain, with the sobriquet “Shima-Hachijo” is reference to the prison island of Hachijō-jima used by the Tokugawa shogunate.The island is the setting for the 1954 novel by Yukio Mishima The Sound of Waves, and has been used several times as a filming location for movies.The economy of the island is based on commercial fishing in its adjacent waters, and on tourism.
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  • Beautiful walk out to the old lighthouse and a short climb to new litehouse. Great scenery and lots of ships to see. We went on windy day, even more spectacular. A true Kodak moment.  more »
  • I went to this island with Kaito Yumin CLub Eco-tour in Toba in a tour called `Shima Gakkou Gaido` which the local elementary school students became our guide exploring this island. They are very...  more »
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  • "Utashima has a population of 400, and it is a small island that is not filled with surrounding villages. It is an island that became the stage of Yukio Mishima's "Tide Noise" which started with the beginning. It is a very quiet and beautiful isolated island. It is also known as a fishing spot, but there are no fishing tackle shops on the island. Bring all your fishing bait.
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  • The Island of Mysteries, the Island of Fishing, and the☺️ Island where People Can Be Gentle
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