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Niijima Island

A word-famous “surf island” in the Seven Izu Islands

Visitors to Niijima Island will forget they’re still in Japan; this island is home to long stretches of white sandy beach, azure oceans, and waves that crash along the beach creating white spray.

Habushiura Coast along the east side of the island is approximately 6.5 meters long, and is one of Japan’s most renowned surfing spots (professional surfing competitions are held there each year). The waves of this coast are some of the highest quality in Japan, and many international competitions have taken place there in the past. People who don’t surf can also enjoy watching the beautiful, intense waves encroach upon the white beach.

A type of stone called kogaseki (rhyolite) is only mined on Niijima Island and Lipari in Italy. Visitors will definitely want to purchase “Niijima Glass,” an olive-colored, translucent glass made from kogaseki. If you make a reservation at the Niijima Glass Art Center, you can take part in a lesson to create an original glass product (charges apply).

Niijima Island is also famous for kusaya (salted and dried fish). Visitors can taste the unique, traditional flavor of kusaya, which is created by the liquid it is marinated in that has been handed down for around 300 years. People who don’t like kusaya can also enjoy “island sushi,” which is made from fresh fish caught in the ocean near the island that has been marinated in a soy sauce-based sauce.

The unceasing waves that break upon the white shores of Niijima Island are certain to bring pleasant winds with them.

Access

<Express jetboat>
Board a boat at the Takeshiba Pier in Tokyo. Takes approximately two hours, 50 minutes.
<Large passenger boat>Board a boat at the Takeshiba Pier in Tokyo. Takes approximately 10 hours, 30 minutes (passengers spend the night on the boat).
*Time on the boat is shortened during the summer season.
<Small passenger plane>Approximately 30 to 40 minutes from Chofu Airport.

For more information

Niijima Mura Yakuba
Telephone: 04992-5-0240

URL

http://www.niijima.com/

Check this out!

Warm your body after a chilly ocean swim
Yunohama Roten Onsen/Mamashita Onsen

The Yunohama Roten Onsen, which is located five minutes by foot from Niijima Port, features six large and small baths. It is based on the image of an ancient Greek temple, and visitors may enter the baths 24 hours a day at no cost. You will certainly feel relaxed when bathing while watching the sun sink behind the water and gazing at the starry skies. Mamashita Onsen contains a wide range of facilities including a sauna, rotenburo (open-air baths), and public baths. Sand baths are also available, featuring white sand from the Habushiura Coast that has been warmed by a natural hot spring.

*Mamashita Onsen:Telephone:04992-5-0830
*Adults: 300 yen 10:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. Closed on Wednesdays
*Yunohama Roten Onsen: Free (showers/lockers are 100 yen) 24 hours/open every day/swimsuits are required when bathing

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