A completely different view from land only 387 m away
Takeshima Island is a small island in Mikawa Bay in Gamagori City, Aichi Prefecture, and is covered with a forest of broad-leaved trees that are peculiar for a place in the temperate zone. The island was designated as a natural monument in 1930. It is connected to the opposite shore on the mainland by a 387 m-long bridge. Black-headed gulls and other migratory birds come to the island from Siberia, Russia, in winter. Takeshima is a small island close to the mainland, where you can enjoy the scenery of the sea and an island. However, the island's natural vegetation has been preserved and is completely different from that on the opposite shore, with plants such as suhouchiku, a type of bamboo (take in Japanese) from which the name of the island is taken, kagonoki, sakakikazura, and kinokunisuge. Surveys have confirmed that 65 families and 238 species of plants grow naturally without cultivation by humans. Observe plants as you stroll down a path leading you on a 30-minute walk all around the island.
At the center of the island is Yaotomi Shrine, which is included as one of the seven Benzaiten shrines in Japan. It is said that the shrine was founded by Fujiwara no Shunzei in 1181, and is well known for enshrining the goddess of good luck, easy delivery and marriage. The only building in Takeshima Island is this shrine and there are no houses. The island becomes uninhabited at night, so please visit before sunset.
Address: 3-15 Takeshima-cho, Gamagori City, Aichi
Phone: 0533-68-2526 (Gamagori Tourist Association)
Directions: 15 minutes on foot from Gamagori Station on the JR Tokaido Line (40 minutes from Nagoya Station). (Car) 20 minutes from Otowa-Gamagori Interchange on the Tomei Expressway.