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Battleship Island in Nagasaki

Gunkanjima (Hashima Island)

The inspiration behind the villain’s hideout in the 2012 Bond film Skyfall, Gunkanjima is an eerie time capsule of Japan’s industrial age.

Shodoshima

Olives groves and jutting cliffs at one of the most surprising mixes of culture in Japan.

Nakajima

Matsuyama’s citrus island retreat.

Sado Island Earth Celebration

Every August, it's the island's main event: A post-hippie island drum fest.

Tashirojima (Cat Island)

Tashirojima (Cat Island)

For friends of felines.

Aoshima (Cat island)

Welcome to the kingdom of cats.

Okinoshima

Call it Okinoshima or Tomogashima — this mysterious tiny island has big history.

Kuroshima

The "heart" of Okinawa.

Aoshima

Aoshima

Eat. Pray. Love.

Izu Islands

Everything "Izu" alright in this paradise accessible from Tokyo.

Sado Island

Sado Island

A little nihonshu, nature and... De Niro? Plus taiko drums!