This article, and HimakaJima itself, caught my attention for various reasons:
If you are looking for a day trip destination to an island famous for beaches, resorts, sea food, and being close to Nagoya this is it. HimakaJima is less than an hour from Nagoya, and the food is better, according to Chris, a lot better than many more famous locations. The most famous offering is the octopus, but he claims the fugu, or poisonous puffer fish is better than that found in nearby Fukui Prefecture, despite its higher status in popular culture.
Ask any Japanese where the biggest catch of fugu, the poisonous blowfish is made, and most will tell you Shimonoseki, or around Hiroshima, possibly even Fukui Prefecture on the Japan Sea Coast. Truth be known, the most fugu is caught off the waters of Aichi Prefecture, and one of the best places to enjoy the delicacy is Himakajima, a small island off the coast of the Chita Peninsula in Mikawa Bay,. The Meitetsu Railway company offers day tour packages including a 30 minute train ride from Nagoya Station to Kowa Station, followed by a 15 minute ferry ride from nearby Kowa Port.
For more information read the full article on Japan Tourist: Russian Roulette at Himakajima
Photo Courtesy of Japan Tourist