Looking for an authentic Japanese landscape? Then Ojika is the place for you. The stone walls (ishigaki in Japanese) found on the island are one of the most striking features of the landscape that is so distinctively Japanese. These beautiful constructions that wow visitors from all over the world are most strongly associated with castles. On Ojika Island, however, you will find that many houses are surrounded by ishigaki with many different styles of stonework, ranging from loose patterns that use the stones in pretty much their natural state to highly refined patterns of carefully cut and processed stones. Ishigaki requires a high level of craftsmanship and hard labor work. In the past, it was also the sign of wealth, and the abundance of old walls on Ojika shows how prosperous the island has been since ancient times.