How to get Shark island in Japan and Where to Stay
You already conquered two cat islands in Japan? Looking for some unknown island full of cute animals in Japan?
How about gentle sharks? There are many types of sharks in the ocean and dangerous ones like you see in Jaws to the cute ones.
You can meet a lot of cute sharks in Tobishima island, Yamagata.
You can scuba dive in the ocean around the island and around 10 meter depth in the water there are so many gentle sharks( Banded houndshark 1.5 meter) living in that area (April-June). The sharks are lazing around (as it appears sorry, sharks!) at the bottom and in some caves of the sea. It is just incredible. It is said that these sharks in that area are all females.
NOTE: In Sakata area, recently we have seen also "not-lazy/not-so-cute-type of sharks like 3 meter one", so please seek for the professional diving guide who knows the area quite well.
If you are scared of sharks, in addition to the sharks, you can also enjoy bird watching and enjoy some sightseeing.
The island size is 2.7km2, 10.2km diameter with 226 residents. It is located 39km from Sakata city. There are in total 21 inns and guesthouses.
You can see the sharks in Tobishima in below video starting around 2:50.
Please noted that you need a experienced professional guide support for the shark dive.
How to get this island
From Sakata port to Tobishima island
75mins by Ferry Tobishima from Sakata port to Tobishima island
Frequency: 1-3 times a day depending on season (please make sure you have the return ship if you plan not to stay on the island)
Adult 4200JPY round trip ticket for Adult
Kid 2100JPY round trip ticket
NOTE: In the winter time it is not strange the ship is stranded and canceled due to the weather for a week or so.
Tel: +81 234-26-5759
From JR Sakata station to the Sakata port
To get the Sakata port, it is 7 mins by car from JR Sakata station
From Tokyo to JR Sakata station
To get JR Sakata station, it is around 4 hours and 30mins from Tokyo station by Joetsu Shinkansen( bullet train ) to Niigata station and then Sakata station by Inaho express train.
Where to stay
On the island
There are inns and guesthouses but as always not much online info available.
We put several examples as below:
Price: 8640JPY or higher depending on the plan with two meals (adult)
Contact: +81 234-95-2246
Price: 8400JPY with two meals (adult)
Contact: +81 234-96-3036
NOTE: no camping allowed on the island unlike some islands in Japan.
In Sakata city, the biggest city nearby the island
Suggested hotels based on the reputation
Contact: +81 234-21-3301
Contact: +81 234-26-8800
Contact: +81 234-22-5000
Contact: +81 234-26-1111
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Source: Sakata city travel office website, Wikipedia
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