Chichijima is the main island
in Ogasawara Islands, and is located about 1,000 km south of Tokyo.
Ogasawara Islands have three groups of islands, and Chichijima is in
the middle group named Chichijima Islands.
(Other groups are Hahajima Islands (about 50 km south) and Mukojima
Islands (about 50-70 km north).)
Chichijima Islands have more than a dozen islands, but only Chichijima
"Chichijima" means "Father island".
Like Galapagos Islands, Ogasawara Islands has never connected to any
continent, so there are many peculiar plants and birds in the islands.
The whole islands are designated as a national park.
A bay in the northwestern part of Chichijima is called Futami Port, and
the ship from Tokyo come in.
Omura district, only town of Chichijima, is on the northern coast of
The main sightseeing spots in this island are several beautiful beaches
and the nature.
And we can meet the whales and dolphins in the sea.
We can enjoy various marine sports in this island.
Ogasawara islands has no airport.
So we must visit here only by ship.
Municipal bus is the only public transportation in this island.
As the method of touring, there are taxi, rental car, rental motorcycle
and rental bicycle.
Main spots are the followings.
Observation Deck /1/ : The popular spot of
sunset. About 1 km from Omura.
beach /2/ : The beach facing
Nice place to dive. About 1.5 km from Omura.
Marine Center /3/ : A laboratory about green
turtle and humpback whale. It has a museum. About 2 km from Omura.
beach /4/ : A calm beach. A
ship of Japanese army
is stranded by hitting of a torpedo in 1944. About 3.5 km from Omura.
- Oogiura beach
/5/ : One of the few
beaches where people can
go swimming in their bare feet. There is a hotel in front of the beach.
About 6 km from Omura.
Agricultural Center /6/ : An institution for
development of subtropical agriculture. We can visit its botanical
garden. From Oogiura, about 0.5 km.
- Kopepe beach
/7/ : A coral beach, and
spawning beach of
green turtle. Nice place to dive. From Oogiura, about 1.7 km.
beach /8/ : White sand beach
just south of Kopepe
beach. Nice place to swim.
- Buta beach /9/
: In spring, many whitetip reef
here. To visit here, we must walk about 2 km across a pass.
- John beach
/10/ : White beach of
limestone. About 3 km hard
walk from Buta beach.
- Jinny beach
/11/ : Many people say
that here is the most
beautiful beach in this island. About 0.4 km south of John beach.
island /12/ : Rare karstic island
1 km off John
beach. It has marine caves and a pond connecting to the sea. Many
fossil shells remains on the beach.
Only 100 visitors can land here for natural protection.
Observatory /13/ : The nice observatory to see
Anijima island and strait. About 3.5 km from Omura.
- Mount Asahi
/14/ : A mountain 267
meters high. An observatory is on the top. We can see Futami port.
About 5 km from Omura.
beach /15/ : A beach with green
sand. There is an observatory on the hill. About 8 km from Omura.
- Mount Chuo
/16/ : The highest
mountain 319 meters high. It has a 360-degree view. About 8 km from
Scenic or Nature /
Park or Garden /
City, Town or Village /
Quarter or Street /
Temple or Shrine /
Museum or Laboratory /
Market or Commercial facility /
Other Building or Construction /
Historic place /
World Heritage Site
How to get to here
From Takeshiba pier (near
Hamamatsucho in Tokyo), about 25 hours and 30 minutes. (Takeshiba 10:00
- Futami port 11:30, the next day)
The ship is operated only once a week. So when you travel here from
Tokyo, it takes at least 6 days.
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