A small boat trip from Tokyo to the Island of Camellias

Izu Shichito Islands

Did you know that you can take a boat trip from Tokyo? There is a remote nature-abundant island called Izu Oshima Island two hours south by jet boat. Here, you can see nature at work through sights such as a huge stratum section, the world-famous flowing volcano Mount Mihara, and forests of beautiful camellias.

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Day 1 - Izu Oshima Island

[Traveling]
Tokyo Station -- <JR Yamanote Line 3 mins.> -- Shinbashi -- <Yurikamome 4 mins.> -- Takeshiba -- <High-speed boat 105 mins.> -- Oshima (Motomachi-ko) -- <4 mins. by bus> -- [Volcano Museum] -- <11 mins. by bus> -- [Stratum Section] -- <15 mins. by bus> -- Motomachi-ko -- <18 mins. by bus> -- [Miharayama-onsen Hot Spring]

*The ports for departing/entering may change according to weather conditions.
*The times required with public transportation are approximate.

Izu Oshima Island

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Floating on the clear blue waters of the Pacific Ocean 120 kilometers south of Tokyo, Oshima is the largest of the Izu Islands. With its distinctive landform found only on volcanic islands and unique nature-abundant scenery that makes it hard to believe that it is under the administration of Tokyo, the island was recognized as a geopark in 2010. It is popular throughout Japan as a remote island that can be easily accessed from Tokyo.

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Volcano Museum

A museum specializing in volcanoes, located near Motomachi Port. Here, visitors can learn about Mount Mihara as well as other volcanoes around the world through attractions such as exhibits and an underground exploration simulator.

Stratum Section

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On the southwestern side of the island along the peripheral road from Motomachi Port to Habu port is a huge stratum section thirty meters-tall and eight hundred meters-long. A beautiful series of stripes formed by layers and layers of fallen sediments due to hundreds of eruptions by Mount Mihara since 1.5 million years ago.

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Mount Mihara

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With an altitude of 758 meters, Mount Mihara is one of the top three flowing volcanoes of the world. The pillars of fire and volcanic glow that rise have been revered as sacred flames since ancient times. With some of the most magma movement among the active volcanoes in Japan, it has major eruptions once about every thirty-five years. Its latest major eruption was in 1986 and the volcano has been calm since then.

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Day 2 - Izu Oshima Island

[Traveling]
Miharayama-onsen -- <15 mins. by walk> -- [Mihara Sancho-guchi] -- <15 mins. by walk> -- [New Volcano Observation Deck] -- <20 mins. by bus> -- [Cherry Stump] -- <25 mins. by walk> -- [Oshima Island Park] -- <33 mins. by bus> -- Motomachi-ko -- [Hamanoyu] -- <High-speed boat 105 mins.> -- Takeshiba-sanbashi

Mihara Sancho-guchi

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Mount Mihara has been developed so far that it now includes hiking courses. You can see how magnificent Mount Mihara is by walking along the “Ohachi-meguri (trip around the bowl)” course around the crater of the volcano that starts at Mihara-jinja Shrine. The view of the crater from here is truly amazing.

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New Crater Observation Deck

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From the crater observation deck located at the outer rim, you can see sights such as the Izu Peninsula, Mount Fuji, Hakone, and the Tanzawa mountain range. There is also a grazing land for native Japanese horses nearby.

Cherry Stump

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A huge Oshima cherry tree located in the northeastern region of the island with a trunk of seven meters in circumference. It is so large that it is said to have served as a landmark for passing ships. The Oshima cherry tree is a wild species of cherry trees native to only a small area covering the Izu Islands, the Izu Peninsula, and the Boso Peninsula, and is the tree that the Somei Yoshino cherry tree, which can be seen all across Japan, was derived from.

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Oshima Island Park

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A park located in Shimazu in the eastern region of Izu Oshima Island. Inside the expansive natural environment of this park are spots such as a natural zoo where animals such as ring-tailed lemurs and red pandas live freely in a rich evergreen broadleaf forest and a camellia garden where visitors can enjoy viewing the Japanese camellia, which is an autochthon of Izu Oshima Island.

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Oshima is also known as the island of camellias and has attractions such as a camellia forest park with huge camellia trees and a tunnel of camellias. Camellia oil, which is extracted from Japanese camellia seeds, is popular as a hair care product.

Hamanoyu

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An outdoor bath near Motomachi Port that you enter with your bathing suit. The evening view where the setting sun turns the ocean and sky red seen from here is beautiful.

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