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Nakadori Island (中通島, Nakadōri-jima) is the second largest and second most populated of the Goto Islands after Fukue Island. Like Fukue, Nakadori Island is known for its many churches, of which it has an even greater number. Apart from churches, the island boasts charming views of beautiful nature spots and villages dotted around its rugged coastline.

The entire island falls under the municipality of Shinkamigoto Town, and despite having a few developed areas, including Arikawa in the north and Narao in the south, the island feels more remote than Fukue Island. Wakamatsu Island (若松島, Wakamatsu-jima) lies to the southwest of Nakadori, with the two connected by the Wakamatsu Bridge. Even less developed than Nakadori Island, Wakamatsu is the gateway to a chain of smaller islands that become increasingly isolated.

Some of the top attractions of Nakadori and Wakamatsu islands are listed below:

Nakadori Island

Kashiragashima Church

Hours: 9:00 to 17:00
Closed: No closing days (no entry during mass)
Admission: Free
Typical visit duration: 10 minutes

Nakanoura Church

Hours: 9:00 to 17:00
Closed: No closing days (no entry during mass)
Admission: Free
Typical visit duration: 10 minutes

Oso Church

Hours: 9:00 to 17:00
Closed: No closing days (no entry during mass)
Admission: Free
Typical visit duration: 10 minutes

Tainoura Church

Hours: 9:00 to 17:00
Closed: No closing days (no entry during mass)
Admission: Free
Typical visit duration: 10 minutes

Hamagurihama Beach

Hours: Always open
Closed: No closing days
Admission: Free

Takaitabi Beach

Hours: Always open
Closed: No closing days
Admission: Free

Whale Museum

Hours: 9:00 to 17:00
Closed: New Year holidays
Admission: 210 yen
Typical visit duration: 30 minutes

Wakamatsu Island

Ryukanzan Observation Point

Hours: Always open
Closed: No closing days
Admission: Free

Stone Monuments

Hours: Always open
Closed: No closing days
Admission: Free

Getting there and around

How to get to Nakadori Island

Nakadori Island has an airport but it is currently not served by any scheduled flights. This being so, Nakadori Island is most easily accessed by ferry. The island's main ports are Narao in the south and Arikawa and Tainoura in the center of the island.

By ferry from Nagasaki

High-speed boats operate multiple times per day between Nagasaki and Narao, Tainoura and Arikawa ports, while car ferries are available on the Nagasaki-Narao route. By high speed boat, the one way journey takes 90 minutes and costs about 8000 yen, while by car ferry it takes around 2.5 hours and costs about 3000 yen. The cost to transport a regular-sized car is around 25,000 yen one way.

By ferry from Sasebo

High-speed boats and car ferries operate multiple times per day between Sasebo and Arikawa Port. By high speed boat, the one way journey takes around 90 minutes and costs about 5000 yen, while by car ferry it takes around 2.5 hours and costs about 3000 yen. The cost to transport a regular-sized car is around 25,000 yen one way.

From other islands

A dense ferry network connects Nakadori Island to the other islands in the Goto Island chain. The most important route connects Narao Port on Nakadori Island with Fukue Island and is served by high-speed boats and car ferries multiple times per day. By high-speed boat, the one way journey takes 30 minutes and costs around 2400 yen, while by car ferry it takes 60-90 minutes and costs around 800 yen. The cost to transport a regular-sized car between the two islands is around 7000 yen.

How to get around Nakadori and Wakamatsu Island

Nakadorijima is covered by a bus network; however, even on the island's main routes, buses are infrequent, making them an unfeasible option for tourists. Instead, a much more convenient way to get around the island is by rental car. A few car rental outlets are located near the island's main ports.

How to get to and around the Goto Islands