An island where you can feel nature and sense the magnificent vitality of the plant world
Hahajima Island is about 2 hours by a liner from Futami Port in Chichijima Island, the largest of the Ogasawara Islands. It is long and thin from north to south, and the port is in Oki Village, a settlement in the southern part of the island. As there is no public transportation on the island, you will either have to walk or pay for private transportation, rent a car, a motorcycle or a bicycle. The natural vegetation, with hygrophyte arboreal vegetation, is different from the dry scrub forest of Chichijima. Most part of the island are registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Mount Chibusa, with en elevation of 463 m, is the highest mountain in the Hahajima Islands. The mountain has a conical shape, and the eastern view from the peak is simply spectacular. If you walk along the path of Mount Chibusa, you may also find meguro (Bonin White-eye), a bird which is a special natural monument that lives only in Hahajima. Mount Kofuji is the Japan’s southernmost “Local Mount Fuji,” from which you can observe Japan’s earliest sunrise. You can also look down from the mountain top on the coral reef in Minamizaki Beach, or at the gannets that breed in Katsuotori-shima Island and fly over the ocean. If you are lucky, you may be able to see green flash, which is a phenomenon where the sun gives out a green ray at the moment it sets beneath the horizon, from the forest pathway in Shizukazawa, which is popular as a place to watch the sunset.
- Aza-Motochi, Hahajima, Ogasawara Village, Tokyo
- 04998-3-2300 (Ogasawara Hahajima Tourist Association)