Sensuijima Island (仙酔島)

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Sensuijima Island is a small island in the Seto Inland Sea and belongs to Fukuyama City, Hiroshima Prefecture. Sensuijima Island (仙酔島) has the meaning of “an island (島) that is so beautiful that even hermits (仙人) get drunk (酔う).” Not to mention the spectacular view unique to the Seto Inland Sea, it has various attractions such as trekking courses, campgrounds, resort spas, and fresh seafood. The Emperor and the Imperial Family have visited this island many times.

In 1934, the Seto Inland Sea area including Tomonoura (鞆の浦) and Sensuijima Island was designated as Japan’s first national park, and became “Seto Inland Sea National Park”. It has a history of being a candidate site for the construction of Itsukushima Shrine and Otorii gate, which are located in Miyajima. It has influenced various fields, such as being selected as a postage stamp design and being the setting for an anime movie called “Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea”.


Sensuijima Island is known as a spiritual power sites. It is said that many gods are playing on this Island, and the number of tourists who are interested in spirituality has increased rapidly in recent years. Introducing the spiritual spots on this island.

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Ryujin Bridge (龍神橋)

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It is said that the dragon god lives on Sensuijima Island. The dragon god has the power to grant wishes, and in order to make a request, it is necessary to follow the manners and cross the Ryujin Bridge.

  • Close your eyes and make a bow before you cross
  • When crossing the bridge, step out from your right foot
  • Hold your breath and cross quietly until you cross the bridge so that the dragon god does not notice
  • The center is the path of the dragon god, so women should walk on the left and men on the right.
  • The triangular stone at the end of the bridge is said to be the “dragon scale”, and it is said that if you ride on it and make a request, your wish will come true.

However, you can only make one wish. Please try it when you go.

Tanoura (田ノ浦)

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A short walk from the ferry port, you can see the Tanoura coast. It is a rare sandy beach that is said to be able to emit electromagnetic waves accumulated in your body. If you walk slowly barefoot on this sandy beach, you can detox electromagnetic waves that have an negative effect on the human body. It is said that such a mysterious force is created by the collision of eastern and western tides near this coast.

In addition, the Tanoura coast is also known as a beach, so it is crowded with people who enjoy swimming in the summer. You can enjoy it comfortably as there are rental piers, rental umbrellas, showers, changing rooms, etc.

Five-Colored Rocks (五色岩 : Goshikiiwa)

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As the name suggests, Five-Colored Rocks are composed of five colored rocks: black, red, blue, yellow, and white. These are the solidified rocks of volcanic ash that erupted during large-scale volcanic activity, which were altered and colored by the effects of gas and groundwater erupted from below. There are only 55 such colorful rocks in the world, and in Japan, it is a very valuable and extremely rare spot that can only be seen here.

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Five-Colored Rocks stretch for about 1 kilometer along the coast. There is a promenade along the sea, so it is recommended to take a walk while looking at the sea to find the Five-Colored Rocks. You may feel the spiritual energy of Five-Colored Rocks just by touching them.

Umihotaru ornamental tour

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Umihotaru is a member of the crustacean with a size of about 3 mm and emits light by itself. It stays in the sand during the day and swims for food at night. On Sensuijima Island, you can see it up close on an ornamental tour from July to September. Umihotaru, which glows blue in total darkness, is very beautiful and fantastic.

Time : about 30 minutes (20:30~)
Fee : 500 yen


At an inn called “Kokokara,” you can enjoy hot springs called the Edo Buro (江戸風呂), which is unique to Sensui Island. Not only you can enjoy the hot springs on a day trip, but you can also enjoy seafood-based meals and accommodations.

Edo-Buro (江戸風呂)
Edo Buro is a course that goes around several baths in order. First, change into the polo shirt and shorts provided by the inn. Although it is a mixed bath, young women can use Edo Buro without any embarrassment because they are bathes with clothes on.

Opening hours : 11:00 ~ 16:00 (Last admission 15:00)
Fee : 1870 yen
Required time : total 90 minutes
※ The use of “Edo Buro” is limited to adults (junior high school students and above).

  1. 3 types of cave steam bath (seaweed, mugwort, loquat)
    This is Japan’s first detox cave steam bath with the concept of “getting rid of what has accumulated in the body with sweat”
    Time : total 30 minutes (About 10 minutes each for seaweed, mugwort, and loquat)
  2. Mother’s womb bath (high-concentration salt water bath)
    This bath uses high-salt seawater, which is as close as possible to the mother’s amniotic fluid. When you put your head on the float and close your eyes, it floats and your mind and body are healed with indescribable comfort.
    Time : about 10 minutes
  3. Open-air bath (Seto Inland Sea)
    Take a bath by regarding the Seto Inland Sea as an open-air bath. Tighten the body warmed in the previous bathes with cold seawater. It may be quite cold in the cold season.
    Time : about 3 ~ 10 minutes
  4. Sandy beach (electromagnetic wave earth)
    By walking barefoot on the beach, the excess electricity stored in the body is released.
    Time : about 5 minutes
  5. Herbal bath
    This is the last bath of the Edo Buro course. The contents of herbs change every month.
    Time : about 10 minutes

Tenbo Buro (天望風呂)
It is a large public bath in “Kokokara”. While soaking in the bath, you can see the beautiful Seto Inland Sea and the townscape of Tomonoura (鞆の浦), which has not changed from the past.

Opening hours : 6:00 ~ 23:00
※ Only available to those who use Edo Buro or stay at the inn.


You can visit Sensuijima Island by bus and ferry from JR Fukuyama Station (JR福山駅). By the way, It takes 25 minutes by Shinkansen from Hiroshima Station to Fukuyama Station.

JR Fukuyama station to Tomoko (鞆港) Bus Stop

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Take the south exit of JR Fukuyama Station, and take the bus bound for Tomoko at bus stop No. 5. Buses run every 15 to 20 minutes, so you can change trains smoothly.

Time : about 35 minutes
Fare : 550 yen

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Tomoko (鞆港) Bus Stop to Sensuijima Island

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It takes about 1 minute on foot (140m distance) from the Tomoko Bus Stop to the Ferry Port.

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A ferry called “Heisei Iroha Maru (平成いろは丸)” is operated from the Ferry Port at Tomonoura to Sensui Island. This ferry imitates the steamship “Iroha Maru (いろは丸)” on which the samurai “Ryoma Sakamoto (坂本龍馬)” who was active at the end of the Edo period boarded. It is operated at a pace of 3 ferries per hour during the day, with the first ferry at 7:10 and the last ferry at 21:30.

Time : about 5 minutes
Fare : 240 yen for a round trip


Sensuijima Island has a lot of attractions that you can enjoy alone, as a couple, or as a group. It is recommended to refresh your mind and body on this island surrounded by spiritual powers. I’m sure you will have a wonderful time.