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Goto Islands

Goto Islands, located in the East China Sea off the coast of Nagasaki Prefecture in Japan, are a group of over 100 islands that make up the Goto Archipelago. The main islands are Fukue, Nakadori, and Nishino. The islands are known for their unspoiled natural beauty and have been designated as a part of the Saikai National Park. The islands are home to a variety of wildlife, including the endangered Ryukyu rabbit, and boast some of the clearest waters in Japan.

Geographically, the islands are situated in a horseshoe shape, with the largest island, Fukue, located in the center. The islands have an area of about 180 square kilometers and are mostly mountainous, with the highest peak, Mount Shiro, reaching an elevation of 643 meters. The climate is subtropical, with warm, humid summers and mild winters.

The Goto Islands have a long and storied history. The islands were first inhabited by the Ryukyu people in the 12th century, and were later part of the Satsuma Domain during the Edo period. During the Meiji period, the islands were incorporated into Nagasaki Prefecture. During World War II, the islands were heavily bombed by American forces, resulting in the destruction of many of the islands’ villages.

Today, the Goto Islands are a popular tourist destination, offering visitors the chance to explore the islands’ stunning natural beauty, as well as its rich cultural heritage. The islands are home to a number of historic sites, including the ruins of the Satsuma Domain’s castle, and the Takabaru Castle, which was built in the 15th century. The islands are also home to a number of shrines and temples, as well as some of Japan’s oldest churches.

Excursion tips for a day in Goto Islands

Goto Islands, Japan is a beautiful archipelago located off the coast of Nagasaki Prefecture. With its stunning scenery, rich culture, and unique local cuisine, it's the perfect destination for a day trip. Here are some of the activities you can do as a tourist in Goto Islands, Japan in a day:

1. Explore the Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples on the islands.
2. Take a boat ride around the islands to admire the stunning scenery.
3. Visit the Goto Islands Aquarium to learn about the local marine life.
4. Enjoy the local cuisine, such as sashimi and goya chanpuru (stir-fried bitter melon).
5. Take a hike through the lush forests and admire the diverse flora and fauna.
6. Visit the Goto Islands History Museum to learn about the history and culture of the islands.
7. Relax on the beaches and take a dip in the crystal-clear waters.
8. Visit the local artisan shops to pick up some souvenirs.
9. Enjoy the vibrant nightlife of the islands with live music and traditional folk performances.
10. Take a hot spring bath at one of the many onsen resorts on the islands.

Experience Goto Islands with unforgettable activities by our partner GetYourGuide. The offer is also ideal as a special gift idea for family and friends who are planning to visit Goto Islands. Cancellations are possible up to 24h before the start of the activity (unless otherwise stated in the activity description), with a full refund of the booking price.

The climate in Goto Islands

The climate in Goto Islands, Japan is generally mild and humid throughout the year. In spring, temperatures range from 9-20°C with occasional showers. Summer is hot and humid, with temperatures ranging from 18-31°C and frequent rain. Autumn is mild and pleasant, with temperatures ranging from 11-23°C and occasional showers. Winter is cold and dry, with temperatures ranging from 4-11°C and occasional snowfall. All in all, Goto Islands has a mild climate with warm summers, cool winters and plenty of rainfall throughout the year.

Cruise weather for Goto Islands

Our weather forecast for Goto Islands helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Jul. 20th 2024 Jul. 20th 2024 max: 30.0 °C
min: 27.1 °C
28.1 m/s
43.2 m/s
44.4 %
20.9 m
92.9 %
1,012 hPa
Jul. 21st 2024 Jul. 21st 2024 max: 27.9 °C
min: 27 °C
22.7 m/s
34.9 m/s
0.6 %
24.1 m
90.7 %
1,012 hPa
Jul. 22nd 2024 Jul. 22nd 2024 max: 28.0 °C
min: 26.8 °C
19.8 m/s
25.9 m/s
50.0 %
24.1 m
90.4 %
1,011 hPa
Jul. 23rd 2024 Jul. 23rd 2024 max: 27.6 °C
min: 26.3 °C
20.2 m/s
27.7 m/s
98.0 %
24.1 m
90.9 %
1,009 hPa
Jul. 24th 2024 Jul. 24th 2024 max: 28.6 °C
min: 26.9 °C
21.2 m/s
32.0 m/s
96.0 %
24.1 m
85.1 %
1,006 hPa
Jul. 25th 2024 Jul. 25th 2024 max: 28.7 °C
min: 27 °C
27.1 m/s
44.4 m/s
9.4 %
23.6 m
81.2 %
1,004 hPa
Jul. 26th 2024 Jul. 26th 2024 max: 28.9 °C
min: 27.2 °C
42.5 m/s
63.7 m/s
19.0 %
24.1 m
80.9 %
1,005 hPa
Jul. 27th 2024 Jul. 27th 2024 max: 28.8 °C
min: 27.6 °C
37.1 m/s
55.4 m/s
18.8 %
24.1 m
82.0 %
1,008 hPa
Jul. 28th 2024 Jul. 28th 2024 max: 29.0 °C
min: 27.6 °C
33.8 m/s
54.0 m/s
43.1 %
22.6 m
81.1 %
1,010 hPa
Jul. 29th 2024 Jul. 29th 2024 max: 29.0 °C
min: 27.4 °C
25.9 m/s
42.8 m/s
5.2 %
24.1 m
80.2 %
1,010 hPa
Jul. 30th 2024 Jul. 30th 2024 max: 28.7 °C
min: 27.3 °C
22.7 m/s
37.1 m/s
39.8 %
24.1 m
81.1 %
1,008 hPa
Jul. 31st 2024 Jul. 31st 2024 max: 29.0 °C
min: 27.4 °C
20.2 m/s
31.0 m/s
4.6 %
24.1 m
81.9 %
1,007 hPa
Aug. 1st 2024 Aug. 1st 2024 max: 29.1 °C
min: 27.2 °C
23.8 m/s
30.2 m/s
16.8 %
24.1 m
82.9 %
1,003 hPa
Aug. 2nd 2024 Aug. 2nd 2024 max: 29.4 °C
min: 27.5 °C
49.3 m/s
70.2 m/s
89.8 %
24.1 m
79.9 %
999 hPa
Aug. 3rd 2024 Aug. 3rd 2024 max: 29.2 °C
min: 28.1 °C
49.7 m/s
71.3 m/s
99.9 %
23.2 m
81.8 %
1,002 hPa

Cruises to Goto Islands

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Scheduled ship calls in Goto Islands, Japan
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