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Summit Location: Kashikojima (Shima City, Mie Prefecture)

  The Ise-Shima Summit will be held on Kashikojima, Shima City. Kashikojima is located in Ago Bay and is approximately 7.3 km in circumference. Its name comes from the fact that it used be possible to walk between the island and the mainland when the tide went out. The act of walking was called kachigoe in Japanese, which later evolved into kashiko and kashikosan due to the dialects of the local residents. The island is relatively close to the mainland, connected by two bridges called Kashikojima Great Bridge and Kashikojima Bridge, as well as a railway (Kintetsu Shima Line).

  The island was uninhabited until recent times. In 1929, however, Kashikojima Port was established with the opening of the Shima Electric Railway, and the island was designated as Ise-Shima National Park in 1946. Since then, Kashikojima has developed as a sightseeing area in Ago Bay. Furthermore, along with the rapid development of the pearl culturing businesses, the island has also served as a source for raw materials. Kashikojima now has hotels, restaurants, and attractions, for example, Shima Marineland aquarium, and long-established pearl shops, which are all within walking distance. The most recommended attraction is Kashikojima Espana Cruise, a 50-minute boat trip around Ago Bay. The cruise provides you with an opportunity to enjoy the picturesque scenery of the islands in Ago Bay and the pearl culturing rafts dotting the islands.

Area: Approx. 0.68 km²
Circumference: Approx. 7.3 km
Population: 98 (as of the end of January 2016, according to the Shima City Basic Residents Register)
* Kashikojima is the name of the island. The official address of the island is: Shinmei-aza-kashiko, Ago-cho, Shima City.