Ojika, Nagasaki

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Location of Ojika in Nagasaki Prefecture
Location of Ojika in Nagasaki Prefecture
Ojika is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 32°12′N 129°4′E / 32.200°N 129.067°E / 32.200; 129.067Coordinates: 32°12′N 129°4′E / 32.200°N 129.067°E / 32.200; 129.067
Country Japan
Region Kyushu
Prefecture Nagasaki Prefecture
District Kitamatsuura
 • Total 25.46 km2 (9.83 sq mi)
Population (January 1, 2009)
 • Total 2,924
 • Density 110/km2 (300/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Website www.ojika.net

Ojika (小値賀町 Ojika-chō?) is a town located in Kitamatsuura District, Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan.

It covers the island of the same name Ojika, located north of Gotō Islands.

As of January 1, 2009, the town has an estimated population of 2,924 and a density of 115 persons per km². The total area is 25.46 km².

Ojika island is a part of Saikai National Park.

An entrance to the town.
Several of the Ojika islands, taken from Matubara Park

Ojika history[edit]

The town of Ojika is made up of 17 large and small islands. Over 20 volcanoes can be found in the sea surrounding the island. The area has been called the "Eastern Galapagos Island." The main island is approximately 34 km in circumference, with all islands totaling 97 km in circumference. The islands are found within the boundaries of Saikai National Park preserving the regions natural heritage.

Stone tools dated from 10,000 B.C. have been discovered on the islands, along with other relics. In the past Ojika flourished as a port used in transit to China. Around the year 1600 whaling became a major industry, with certain families such as the Oda family profiting from the trade. The present day Ojika History Museum was the former home of the Oda family.

Today the population of the island is rapidly decreasing, and is now around half the number as in the 1970s. The island hosts the Ojika International Music Festival and Kids Camping Kingdom, as well as various other activities promoting sightseeing. Besides tourism, major industries include fishing and farming. A wide variety of Ojika's marine products are famous, such as Isaki, Buri, tachi-uo, and Awabi.

Major sights[edit]

A look at the gates of Koujima Shrine
A look at the bay from Koujima Shrine

Akahama coast[edit]

Ojika islands are made up of volcanic rocks, thus much of the coast consists of red sands.

Koujima Shrine[edit]

The shrine consists of a rare tori gate which is composed of three parts. The Maegata Bay can be found adjacent to the shrine, and was the port visited by Kentoushi, the Japanese envoy to the Tang Dynasty.

Hime no Matubara[edit]

A 450 meter long avenue of pine trees, this avenue has been selected as the best of 100 pine tree locations in Japan, and the best of 8 sights in the Hokusho county.

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