Discover Awaji Island

This island is known for its traditional puppet theater. The Akashi-Kaikyō Bridge connects Awaji to Kobe and offers breathtaking views.
 

Things to see and do

Tours and Activities

FAQs

Getting around on Awaji Island

The easiest way to get around on Awaji Island is by car, but most major sights and attractions are accessible by bus. Though, travelers will have to rely on single tickets or a prepaid card, since no special bus passes are provided within this area. For up-to-date bus schedules, we recommend syncing Google Maps with our customized map above (to do this: click the top right icon on the map to expand and select a route between your destination and your current destination).

Since Awaji Island is also located quite rurally, it is best to rent a car ahead from one of the bigger destinations close by. You can use our car rental widget in the FAQ menu below. 

Getting to Awaji Island

Public transportation:
Travelers who come by public transportation usually arrive at Sannomiya station in Kobe first. There, you can take a bus that passes through Awaji Island. For up-to-date bus schedules, we recommend syncing Google Maps with our customized map above (to do this: click the top right icon on the map to expand to full-screen and select a route between your destination and your current destination).
 

Nearest airport: 

The most convenient airport nearby is Kansai International Airport.

  • by car: approximately 2 hours and 10 minutes

  • by public transport: approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes

 

Rental cars:

How long to stay at Awaji Island

We recommend staying at Awaji Island for about two days.
 

Seasonal information

Beaches:
The swimming season on mainland Japan is usually between July and August. 

Hiking:
The hiking season typically runs from Spring until Autumn.

Scenic rides:

  • Whirlpools Cruise: 

    • Click here to find the most up-to-date timetable.

    • Scenic boat tours usually close down during the autumn and winter months.

Festivals on Awaji Island

There are two famous festivals here throughout the year. Please be advised that the following list is based upon previous entries of those festivals and that the dates might have changed for the following year. It is also possible that the entire festival is cancelled in the case of heavy rainfall or a natural disaster. Please check with the official organisers' website for the most up-to-date information. 
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For the exact location of any of the festivals listed here, you can consult our map above by clicking on the icon in the upper most corner of the map to open the map legend. Festivals are hidden by default but can be made visible by clicking on the "Festivals" checkbox in the map legend.
 

  • Awaji City Summer Festival

    • Date: July 20th

    • Time: 10:00 - 21:00 (Fireworks: 20:15 - 20:45)

 

  • Keino Matsubara Fireworks Festival

    • Date: July 27th

    • Time: 20:00 - 20:45

Hotels on Awaji Island

Flights to Awaji Island

Nearest airport: 

The most convenient airport nearby is Kansai International Airport.

  • by car: approximately 2 hours and 10 minutes

  • by public transport: approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes

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