Did you know that Tokyo is one of a few megacities in the world that has its very own active volcanos and Japan’s only desert? Tokyo features a total of 11 islands that stretch up to 1000km away from Tokyo’s center and this tour takes you to 4 islands where you can immerse yourself in a Japanese island culture!
Tokyo → Kozushima island
Leave Takeshiba pier at night. Stay in the boat until the next morning to start your Tokyo islands hopping adventure!
After spending the night on the boat, we arrive at Kozushima island in the morning. It’s a beautiful island with white mountains and beaches. Its name stands for “Island Where the Gods Gather.” It is said to be the place where the gods met in order to create the islands of this area.
Take in the fantastic view of Tenjozan (a volcano) looming above the ocean. Its peak rises above pure white sand. With luck you’ll be able to make out the heart-shaped lake as well.
For those with sufficient energy, it’s worth going at night with a local guide to see the perfect star-filled sky!
Kozushima island → Shikine island
We head to Shikine island, our second island, by boat in the morning. It’s a small island with a population of about 550 people that has just one traffic light.
You can ride around the island by bicycle if the weather is clear. You’ll have lunch at one of the local restaurants and visit the ocean hot springs and beaches. The afternoon is free time. It’s a good opportunity to revisit the spots you liked during the morning or relax on the beach.
Shikine island → Nii-jima island
We continue on to Nii-jima island, which has beautiful white sand beaches and is considered a surfing mecca. Along with Ripari island in Italy, Nii-jima is the only island in the world where Koga rock is mined, which is used to produce the renowned Nii-jima glass. On the first day on this island, we go round the island and have a barbecue in the evening.
You can spend the second day on the island as you like. For example, you can take a boat ride off the island and swim with dolphins, take a surfing lesson, or go fishing . . .
Nii-jima island → Oshima island
The mountain in the middle of Oshima is an active volcano which erupted in 1986 for the last time. People call the Mt. Mihara “Gojinka” as the god of fire. Mt. Mihara is also famous for being the place where the Japanese government imprisoned Godzilla in the movie as well as being used in the novel Ring where the mother of Sadako predicted that Mount Mihara would someday erupt using her psychic abilities!
With a local nature guide, we climb on the exotic volcanic mountain and have a relaxing time in hot spring with the great view.
Feel the beat of the volcanic mountain! Learn the traditional Japanese drum “Taiko” from locals. Each beat represents of the eruption of the mountain and the technique is developed on this island.
Visit the Japan’s only desert in the afternoon! If the weather’s nice, let’s go to back to the mountain for night sky watching.
Oshima Island → Takeshiba pier
We will drive around the island, visit photo spots and the shrine in the mystical forest. After lunch, we will walk around and do some shopping at the pier. Don’t forget to buy some interesting local souvenirs before you leave the island!
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Tokyo 141-0001, Japan
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