Awaji: the island of perfumes

Awaji: the island of perfumes

Facing Osaka, Awaji Island offers a wild and authentic landscape. Famous for its beaches and fishing, it is frequented mostly by Japanese on holiday.

With its triangular shape, Awaji is the largest island in the Seto Inland Sea. Nearly 70% of koh (high-quality Japanese incense) comes from the island, where the climate and the westerly winds guarantee optimal drying. Very famous for its fine sand, the island's beaches are the delight of Osakaites, gathering in masses from the first rays of sunshine. Its many green golf courses also contribute to the island's popularity.

During your visit to Awaji, stop at the ‘Water Temple' (Shingonshu Honpukuji), built by the famous architect Tadao Ando. This is a sanctuary hidden in the depths of the earth and covered with a roof of water, all surrounded by a complex of 28 hectares consisting of a hotel, a convention centre, and an outdoor amphitheatre that can accommodate more than 3,000 people. There is also a greenhouse and a memorial to the victims of the Kobe earthquake of 1995. The grey concrete architecture is grand and spectacular, provoking spirituality in complete harmony with nature.

Honpukuji (‘Water Temple')
1310 Ura, Awaji
Hyōgo Prefecture 656-1541