I made a couple of pit stops on Omishima to check out a couple of really minor tourist spots. You can easily skip them but they do provide a short break between longer stints of cycling. If you enjoy cycling for long periods of time, over 5 minutes at a time, then you can easily skip these places. For me, I get distracted by little things really easily and have to keep telling myself to stop looking!
The first place to look at is the Amazaki Castle Ruins. It is not actually on Omishima but on a small island just off the coast. It is very easy to miss it and you have to look for the single sign pointing you to take a small road to the seawall. Once I got there, all I saw was a green island in the sea with a small board telling me what it was about. Thankfully the information was in Japanese only, so I have no idea what it was about. I can only guess it was part of the Murakami installation that is part of Innoshima Suigun Castle.
The other place I stopped at is skipped by almost everyone. The Mitarashi Well is just a basic well but the location was interesting. It is close to the police station and there are no signs telling you where it is. I just knew where it was and decided to make a short detour to see it. Apparently it was used in some Shinto purification rituals. The thing I liked the most about this 2 minute stop was the boat on the beach and the road that crossed the access to the sea. I wonder how easy it was to get that boat in and out of this small area…
Just a bonus for this post, I saw a really cute seawall between the Tatara Shimanami Park and Amazaki Castle Ruins. The wall was full of dolphins painted on it. I just love how the countryside paints their seawalls from time to time with really interesting artwork.