Tag: Izu Islands

Backpacking and Camping on the Izu Islands

Enjoy the Tokyo Islands on a Shoestring If you are looking for some great spots to camp around Tokyo, than the laid-back Izu Islands (Izu-shoto) are one place you should definitely pay a visit. This group of volcanic islands stretch south-east from...

Mt. Mihara 三原山

Motomachi Harbour 元町港 – Mt. Mihara 三原山 . . Sea to Summit up Mt. Mihara Izu Oshima is both the largest and closest of the Izu Islands situated at the far end of Sagami Bay. On clear days the island can be seen from as far as Mt. Oyama some 80...

Secret Point: Niijima’s Best Surf Spot

How Not to Keep a Secret Spot Secret Habushiura Beach on Niijima is said to be the most beautiful in the Izu Islands and has long lured surfers looking to ride the best waves around. There’s a section of beach oddly named “Secret Point” in that just...

Niijima’s Unclimbable Peak: Mt. Miyatsuka

Fujimitoge Lookout 富士見峠展望台 – Mt. Miyatsuka 宮塚山 . . Niijima’s Highest Mountain Best Enjoyed from a Distance Having climbed the highest peaks on two of the Izu Islands namely Hachijo-fuji on Hachijo-jima and Mt. Tenjo on Kozushima, I thought why not...

Takamori Lighthouse and the Grandma who Built it

A Small Star on a Small Island As hard as it is to believe a grandmother built a lighthouse. The lighthouse in question is the pint-sized 3-metre-high Takamori Lighthouse on Shikinejima one of the smaller islands that make up the Izu Seven Islands...

Shikinejima: Kamanoshita Campground

Old Style Campground Meets High Tech The diminutive Izu Island of Shikinejima is often overlooked for its larger neighbour Niijima. Arguably Niijima has better beaches at least surfing ones while Shikinejima is charming and chilled out with plenty...

Shikinejima Coastal Hike

Tojinzushiro 唐人津城 – Kanbiki Lookout 神引展望台 . . Enjoy the Beautiful Kamanoshita Coast At only 3 km long by 2.5 km wide Shikinejima is one of the smaller Izu Islands, but what it lacks in size, it makes up with sizeable pockets of pristine nature. Like...

Kozushima: Tako Bay Campground

Discover one of Tokyo’s Hidden Gems Last year I had the good fortune of staying at the Sokodo campground on Hachijojima Island. For a free campground, the facilities were second to none and even provided hot water showers. This time I have travelled...

Mt. Tenjo 天上山

Mt. Tenjo 天上山 . . The Japanese Alps of the Pacific Mount Tenjo is located on Kozushima one of the volcanic Izu Islands administered by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. Similar to Hachijo-jima that I visited last year, the island offers stunning...

Hachijo-jima: the Hawaii of Japan

A Subtropical Oasis Within the Tokyo Metropolis Doraemon and his sidekick Betty Boop cut to the chase in this eloquent mural cherishing Hachijo-jima and I can only concur. The island’s subtropical climate, 287 kilometres (178 miles) south of Tokyo...

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