Ōmishima Island, Ehime
Ōmishima Island (大三島 Ōmishima) is the westernmost and largest island in Geiyo Islands chain accommodating Nishiseto Expressway connecting Honshu and Shikoku islands. Its coasts are washed by Seto Inland Sea. The island's highest peak is Washigatozan (鷲ヶ頭山) 437 m (1,434 ft) high.
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|Location||Seto Inland Sea|
|Area||64.54 km2 (24.92 sq mi)|
|Length||12.8 km (7.95 mi)|
|Width||6.2 km (3.85 mi)|
|Coastline||88.8 km (55.18 mi)|
|Highest elevation||437 m (1,434 ft)|
|Pop. density||363 /km2 (940 /sq mi)|
Ōmishima is kidney-shaped and together with Ōsakikamijima on the west encloses the calm bay of Utena, where primary seaport of Miyaura is located. The island`s Utena dam reservoir is the primary freshwater source for Ōmishima itself and nearby Hakata.
- 1541 - Tsuruhime fights Ōuchi Yoshitaka fleet
- 1874 - post office established
- 1979 - Ōmishima bridge connecting to Ehime Prefecture complete
- 1991 - Tatara Bridge connecting to Hiroshima Prefecture complete
- 16 January 2005 - the towns (including Ōmishima, Ehime) and villages of the island were merged into city of Imabari, Ehime
Ōmishima is connected to the mainland of Honshu and Shikoku islands by bridges of Nishiseto Expressway (Shimanami Kaidō). Also, ferry is available to Ōsakikamijima, Okamura Island and Ōkunoshima (Rabbit Island). Ōmishima Island is served by the national Route 317.