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Awaji Island
Creation of Japan’s First Island and the People of the Sea

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STORY

In the Kojiki, (Records of Ancient Matter) Japan’s oldest existing written record of its history, the opening chapter begins with Japan’s creation myth, Kuniumi.
It recounts the story of the birth of Japan’s first island.
This special island is known today as Awaji.
The tale includes mention of sea people called Ama who brought metal tools, salt-making techniques, and highly advanced navigational skills to the capital in support of the government and provincial kings of Japan’s Kansai region.
Awaji, the largest island visible from kingdoms across the water, represents the historical narrative of the Ama central to the development of these ancient kingdoms.

CULTURAL PROPERTIES

ACCESS

Minami Awaji City
  • Train/Express Bus
    • JR Tokyo Sta.(Shinkansen)〜JR Shin-Osaka Sta.(Kyoto Line Rapid)〜JR Sannomiya Sta.(Express Bus)~Riku no Minato SEIDAN~Fukura
  • Train/Express Bus/Ship
    • To Nushima JR Tokyo Sta.(Shinkansen)〜JR Shin-Osaka Sta.(Kyoto Line Rapid)〜JR Sannomiya Sta.(Express Bus)~Riku no Minato SEIDAN~Fukura(Local Bus)〜Habu Port(Nushima Kisen)~Nushima Port
Sumoto City
  • Train/Express Bus
    • JR Tokyo Sta.(Shinkansen)〜JR Shin-Osaka Sta.(Kyoto Line Rapid)〜JR Sannomiya Sta.(Express Bus)~Takataya Kahei Koen
    • JR Tokyo Sta.(Shinkansen)〜JR Shin-Osaka Sta.(Kyoto Line Rapid)〜JR Sannomiya Sta.(Express Bus)~Sumoto Bus Center
Awaji City
  • Train/Express Bus
    • JR Tokyo Sta.(Shinkansen)〜JR Shin-Osaka Sta.(Kyoto Line Rapid)〜JR Sannomiya Sta.(Express Bus)~Hokudan IC〜Tsuna-Ichinomiya IC
    • JR Tokyo Sta.(Shinkansen)〜JR Shin-Osaka Sta.(Kyoto Line Rapid)〜JR Sannomiya Sta.(Express Bus))〜Awaji IC〜Hiagshiura IC~Hokudan IC

CONTACT

  • Awaji Island Tourism Association
  • TEL:+81-799-25-5820