The Kutsuna archipelago: the island of Gogo-shima 興居島

  • Published on : 15/04/2020
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Visit near Matsuyama: walk and hike in the Kutsuna archipelago

Located in the Seto Inland Sea, Gogoshima is part of the Kutsuna archipelago which includes about 30 islands, 9 of which are inhabited. Although Gogoshima is the closest island to Matsuyama, it is tranquil and rural, ideal for swimming or hiking, served by tye ferries all seasons.

Places to visit in Gogoshima

 

In terms of culture, the island is not to be outdone and has an impressive number of Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines, all of which have the particular charm of the small religious buildings of insular Japan.

There is even a pilgrimage route like the famous Shikoku pilgrimage and its 88 temples on the neighboring island of Shikoku.

Very close to the port of Yura the first temple of this "mini-pilgrimage", Kannonji, dedicated to the goddess of mercy, Kannon, would have been founded at the time of Nara (710 - 794). Nearby, at the end of a path along the sea, hidden behind pine trees, the Benzaiten shrine, dedicated to the goddess of the arts, overlooks the Seto Sea and enchants with its quiet charm.

 

La plage de Washigasu

Washigasu Beach

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Address, timetable & access

  • Address

  • Timetable

    Take the ferry from Takahama Port (Matsuyama) to either port of Gogoshima: Yura (to the northeast) and Tomari (to the southeast).

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