Not many foreigners know about the 9 islands of Tokyo. Indeed, Tokyo prefecture does not only include the big megalopolis that we all love, but also 9 small islands, located in the Pacific Ocean. We want to take you with us there, through our next Peko Peko Box: Tokyo Islands Box. Subscribe to Peko Peko Box before October 31st, 2021 to receive it.
An introduction to Tokyo Islands
Aogashima is a small island with a population of only 160. Its double caldera volcano is particularly remarkable. Such a structure only exists in a few places in the world. Inside of the volcano, you can feel the geothermal heat. It is a renown place for stargazing. The island specialty is salt, made inside the crater.
Around Kozushima, the sea is particularly blue and becomes more and more clear as we approach the coast. It is a great place to go snorkeling and observe colorful fishes. You can also go on a hike, for example at Urasabaku, a desert of snow white sands.
Mikurashima is a small island with a population of only 300. Visitors mostly come here to swim with wild dolphins. There are around 150 dolphins living around the island. The other main attraction is the giant trees growing all over the island. The trees give to the island a magical atmosphere.
Miyakejima was uninhabited for 5 years after the eruption of its volcano in 2000. It is a majestic place to admire the beauty of nature. You can have a walk among lands covered with lava or admire Nippana Shinza, a mountain created in one night due to a pile up of lava and volcanic ash after the eruption of 1983.
Hachijojima was formed by two volcanoes. There, you can enjoy palm trees, coral and tropical fishes. A great activity to do is scuba diving, to admire the lava formations in the ocean and maybe meet with a few turtles. You can also go hiking and enjoy forests, mountains and waterfalls.
Surfers come to Niijima for the strong weaves. Among the best surfing spots in Japan are Niijima beaches. The water, pastel blue, is beautiful.
Oshima has numerous camellia trees and produces camellia oil. You can find numerous camellia oil products there: pure oil, shampoo, soap. It is also famous for its black desert (made of charcoal sand), the only one in Japan. The landscape makes you feel like you are on the moon.
The main attraction of Shikinejima is Jinata onsen, a unique onsen in Japan. Indeed, located in front of the sea, it reaches its perfect temperature when onsen water is naturally mixed with sea water. You can only go to the onsen twice a day, when the sea reaches the onsen. Otherwise, the water temperature of 80 degrees is way too hot to enjoy.
As in Oshima, camellia trees are very abundant in Toshima. 80% of the trees on the island are camellias. Toshima Island produced 60% of Japan camellia oil. The best season to visit the island is between January and March, when camellia flowers bloom.
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