Inujima is a near deserted island off the south coast of Okayama Prefecture, whose population had decreased from three thousand to a bit over thirty in a hundred years. There are old bank tellers and charming wood cottages, like a place stuck in time.
Another aspect that makes Inujima unique compared with its bigger neighbours like Naoshima and even Teshima is the lack of vehicular traffic. With small narrow walkways and compact footprint around the ferry terminal, this island is made for walking. In some ways it is set up like a medieval hamlet, with dog leg alleyways and sharp turns, slowing down the intruder and the cyclist alike.
Despite its small population and relative isolation, there are a number of cafes that serve the numerous day trippers. From the Museum Café and Store, to the Trees Café that specialises in craft beer, Inujima provides the visitor with a unique charm to warrant a half day here. If you have already seen the main sights of Japan before and want to try something different, Inujima could be on your list.
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