Onigashima(or Megijima)

This small island, about 4 km off Takamatsu, is an island of mystery and adventure, for it is associated with a folklore of Momo Taro. He conquered ogres who established their base on this island and molested and plundered the neighborhood. There is a mysterious man- made cave, which is now turned into a tourists' attraction with robot ogres. In the summertime this island is crowded with young people for marine sports, such as swimming, camping, fishing, cruising, sailing etc. Their cheerful shouts and laughs flood the whole island. This is 'The Island of the young' in summer.

A big cave
A big cave

Ohte
Ohte

The big cave associated with the legend of Momo Taro is on the side of Peak Washi(eagle)gamine in the center of the island. It is 4,000 square meters in size and 450 meters in depth. The inside of the cave is chilly even in summer. There are a big hall , a living room, a confinement room for captured women and children, an ancient well and moreover a waiting room of watchmen. It has a creepy atmosphere as if guffaws and yells of evil beings were to be heard.
The houses on the island are protected from gales and rough waves by ohte, a kind of stone wall, some of which are as high as the roof of the houses and create a scenery peculiar to the island.

Amoi statue
Amoi statue

Close to the harbor there stands an Amoi statue, which is big enough to startle the ogres.

Ogijima

It is only a twenty minutes' ride by boat from Megijima to Ogijima Island. Stone steps thread their way through a mass of private houses of the island. When you go up the steps , you really have a sense of a visitor to an island of the Inland Sea. Ogi Lighthouse stands at the northernmost tip of the island. It was a stage of a long run film 'Through years of Joys and Sorrows' The old western style official residence of the keeper has now remodeled as Lighthouse Museum, which renders us nostalgic.
Ogi Lighthouse Museum
Ogi Lighthouse Museum

This is one of the few museums of this kind in Japan. It displays panels describing the locations of important lighthouses in the Inland Sea, and in other parts of Japan, the role of the Maritime Safety Agency and the structure and mechanism of Ogi Lighthouse, the scenery seen from various informal lighthouses, electric bulletines, as well as the history of Japanese lighthouses, the life and sights of Ogijima and the movie.