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Updated: February 13, 2023
Located approximately 180 kilometers off Tokyo's coast but still within its domain, Miyakejima is a convenient tropical getaway. Trek the rugged hiking paths, swim in the crystal clear waters, and relax in the onsen hot spring.
At the center of the island is a large active volcano called Mt. Oyama, which last erupted in 2000. Please note there is a restricted area in the center of the island close to the volcano.
Miyakejima can be accessed by boat or plane.
From Tokyo by boat: Ferries depart from the Takeshiba Passenger Ship Terminal (eight minutes on foot from JR Hamamatsu-cho Station), and take approximately six hours and 30 minutes.
From Tokyo by plane: Flights depart from Chofu Airport and take approximately 50 minutes.
The eruption of Mt. Oyama in 1983 sent lava soaring 100 meters into the air, leaving a portion of the island covered in volcanic rock. In 2007, locals constructed a walking path across this lava field, meaning you can now explore the rugged landscape close-up. The jet-black rock, contrasting with the crisp blue sky, makes you feel as though you've been transported to another planet.
Square-shaped Izu-misaki Lighthouse stands close to the ocean and offers you panoramic views of the ocean—you might catch a glimpse of Mt. Fuji on a sunny day. Hikers and photographers will also enjoy visiting Tairo Pond, a freshwater pond surrounded by primeval forest, and Mt. Sanshichi.
Miyakejima is also known as “bird island,” and is designated as an IBA (Important Bird Area) by the Wild Bird Society of Japan. It is famous for various species of wild birds that inhabit the island, most notably the Akakokko (Izu thrush). Consider a trip to the Akakokkokan (Akakokko Station), a nature center and bird sanctuary where you can observe the birds via telescope and learn about the wildlife and vegetation of the area. Birds also gather around Tairo Pond.
In addition to bird-watching, visitors to the island can enjoy fishing, scuba diving and snorkeling, and even rent a bicycle to get around the island. At the end of the day relax and unwind at Furusato-no-Yu Hot Spring.