|Native name: Kami-shima (神島?)|
National Land Image Information (Color Aerial Photographs), Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.
|Area||0.76 km2 (0.29 sq mi)|
|Coastline||3,900 m (12,800 ft)|
|Highest elevation||171 m (561 ft)|
|Population||534 (as of 2000)|
|Density||703 /km2 (1,821 /sq mi)|
The name of Kami-shima has alternative been written with as Kameshima (亀島?) or Kajima (歌島?); its present form of Kami-shima, or “God island” refers to the Shinto shrine. Yatsushiro Jinja, on the island. Archaeologists have found hundreds of ceremonial artifacts, ranging from ancient mirrors to ceramics dating from the Kofun period through the Muromachi period on the island. During the Edo period, the island was used as a prison by Toba Domain, with the sobriquet “Shima-Hachijo” is reference to the prison island of Hachijō-jima used by the Tokugawa shogunate.
The economy of the island is based on commercial fishing in its adjacent waters, and on tourism.
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