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

Higashisenba 東仙波 – Mt. Karamatsuo 唐松尾山 – Mt. Kasatori 笠取山   Duration: 4 hours   Distance: 12.7 km   Elevation change: 758 metres   Highest point: 758 metres   Difficulty:   Start: Motomachi Port Ferry...

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   Duration: 4 hours   Distance: 13.3 km   Elevation change: 376 metres   Highest point: 376 metres   Difficulty:   Start: Habushiura Campground   Finish: Habushiura...

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   Duration: 3 hours   Distance: 6.4 km   Elevation change: 96 metres   Highest point: 109 metres   Difficulty:   Start: Kamanoshita Campground   Finish: Oura Beach  ...

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   Duration: 6 hours   Distance: 10.6 km   Elevation change: 540 metres   Highest point: 572 metres   Difficulty:   Start: Tako Bay Campground   Finish: Tako Bay Campground   Map: Mt. Tenjo hiking...

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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