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Updated: April 2, 2018
Despite technically being a part of Tokyo, Aogashima Island is located some 350 kilometers off the coast. Those who brave a trip to this isolated land will encounter rugged hikes and gorgeous views. Venture to the top of the island’s highest peak, Otonbu, for a panoramic view of the island and surrounding seas. When the weather is clear, you can even see neighboring Hachijojima in the distance.
Though less than 200 residents currently live here, the first historical records of the island date back to the 1650s. Home to an active C-class volcano, thousands of years of volcanic activity has resulted in rugged terrain characterized by sunken calderas, steep cliffs, volcanic deposits, and a sharp coastal ridge on the south.
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