Ever since the Sakoku Decree last year shut down the borders of Inazuma, our mysterious neighbour to the south across the sea, tourism to the islands has all but dried up. But with rumours abound of outsiders being let back into the country, now’s the best time to explore this majestic nation and rediscover its secrets.
Some quick facts to get you started: The Inazumans worship Baal, also known as the Raiden Shogun, who also happens to be the nation’s immortal ruler. She doesn’t rule alone though; a Tri-commission of three principal bodies ensures that different parts of the state run smoothly, so that Baal can get on with the important business of locking down the country and stealing all of the visions. As a tourist, none of this will really matter to you, but it's important to keep aware of local customs so that you don’t end up in jail.
There are six islands in Inazuma, and we’re here with our top six reasons to pay a visit. You’ll definitely want to get in early, before travellers wise up to this hot new destination and the place is inundated with tourists.
1. Because you can
Seriously, we haven’t been this excited for a new travel destination in years and it’s always worth jumping on these opportunities early ahead of the crowd. Inazumans were generally barred from leaving the island unless they passed some very specific tests, so it’s not like there’s been much information coming out of the nation either.
To get to Inazuma, you must be Adventure Rank 30 or above, and start the Archon quest ‘Chapter II: Act I – The Immortal God and the Eternal Euthymia’. Check out our guide on how to get to Inazuma for full details on what to expect.
There’s only one reason to visit Yashori Island, and that’s the fact that it’s an island in two parts. This is where the Raiden Shogun herself fought the legendary battle against the giant serpent of Watatsumi. Such was her power (and mad skills) that not only did her divine strength split the serpent in two, but the island as well.
The north and south sides are divided by the Musoujin Gorge, which can be navigated by boat. A permanent weather warning is applied to the gorge, as the Tatarigami emanating from the serpent’s corpse can sometimes get a bit wild, but there is a quaint gift shop.
3. Distant cousins
Other than giant serpents, Watatsumi Island is home to the Sangonomiya clan and their followers. Given this is the island furthest from the capital city, the locals have developed their own subculture which carries notable differences.
For example, the locals of Watatsumi actually workshop the Watatsumi Omikami instead of the Raiden Shogun directly. The Sangonomiya shrine is located at the centre of the island, and is said to be a remarkable feat of early Inazuman architecture. Just don’t be put off by the bandits and resistance fighters who currently reside there.
4. Heart of the mountain
On the island of Kannazuka lies the Tatarasuna, an area of lush greenery and blossom with a prominent mountain in the centre. If you’re looking for an ideal place for a walk, perhaps some scenic views to go with your picnic, this fact alone makes the area worth exploring, but for the industrious among you the mountain holds a final secret.
The Mikage Furnace is the largest smelting facility in the entire nation, responsible for many of the items or day-to-day works that you’ll see across the islands. Unfortunately due to War, production has currently been halted, but we hear that you’re able to get unofficial tours if you’re chill about it, as the workforce finds other ways to bring in revenue. It’s probably safe.
5. Tsurumi and Seirai
These two islands need addressing in tandem, as they are the only two you probably won’t want to spend too much time around. Tsurumi island is actually completely shrouded in fog, and even before the Sakoku Decree the locals rarely ventured there, so we advise you stay clear.
Seirai is a perfect spot for nature lovers for the reason that its centre is enveloped in a perpetual thunderstorm. Again, we strongly advise you not to set foot on the island itself, but if you love watching the power of nature at work this is a good one to view from a distance – maybe even sip some champagne while you watch the fireworks.
6. Good boi, great tea
The crown jewel of the island chain is undoubtedly Inazuma City, on the island of Narukami. Sure, it may house Tenshukaku, the residence of the Raiden Shogun, ruler of the nation, but the real reason to visit the coastal city is Komore Teahouse. Not only is it run by an extremely good boi called Taroumaru, it boasts some of the finest tea you’ll ever drink.
Travellers be warned, you’ll need to curry favour with the Kamisato clan in order to even be allowed in. Given that this powerful family is on the Yashiro Commission, which resides over shrines, festivals, and cultural events, I’m sure they’ll be able to find you some kind of employment if you’re looking to win brownie points. You’ll need to plan for an extended stay to get the clan’s permission to enter Komore, but trust us – it’s worth the wait.
Inazuma is a magical place filled with wonder, and is begging to be explored. Who needs snowy peaks or towering bastions when you can spend your days sailing around the southern ocean and reconnecting with our lost cousins?
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