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Updated: April 2, 2018

The Great Desert 大砂漠地帯

Nomashi, Oshima-machi, Tokyo

A black and barren world concealed within a gorgeous island

Located 120 kilometers off Tokyo's coast, the Izu Islands make for a quick tropical getaway. A two-hour jetfoil provides convenient service to Oshima Island, the largest of the chain, which is home to black sand beaches, rugged hikes, and spectacular views. Perhaps the most curious feature on the island is the desert terrain at Mt. Mihara. An expansive field of lava stretches across the horizon, the surrounding hills concealing any sign of civilization. It almost feels like you're on another planet.

This vast field is the result of centuries of volcanic activity, as molten lava poured out of Mt. Miyake. The crushed volcanic rock can be sharp, so be sure to wear shoes and socks on your journey.

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