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Umashima (馬島, Uma-shima) is a volcanic island in the Sea of Japan, 2 km from the coast of the Shimane prefecture in Japan, just off the port Hamada, Shimane Prefecture. Umashima takes its name, meaning "Horse Island" from the fact what it was once used to be a grazing ground for horses.

Umashima Island
Native name:
馬島 Umashima
Umashima Island is located in Japan
Umashima Island
Umashima Island
Location in Japan
LocationSea of Japan
Coordinates34°54′13″N 132°02′54″E / 34.903642°N 132.048325°E / 34.903642; 132.048325Coordinates: 34°54′13″N 132°02′54″E / 34.903642°N 132.048325°E / 34.903642; 132.048325
Area0.14 km2 (0.054 sq mi)
Length0.75 km (0.466 mi)
Width0.25 km (0.155 mi)
Highest elevation70 m (230 ft)
PrefectureShimane Prefecture
Ethnic groupsJapanese

While the island is uninhabited, it is actively used for swimming, fishing, rabbit watching and camping. It is administered as part of the Hamada Kaigan Prefectural Natural Park.[1] The island features Shinto shrine. The lighthouse built in 1898[2] is visible up to 16.5 nmi (30.6 km). The scheduled ferry service from Hamada is available.[3]

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