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Chichijima island

Chichijima islandChichijima mapChichijima 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 is peopled.
"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 bay.

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.

  • Mikazukiyama Observation Deck /1/ : The popular spot of sunset. About 1 km from Omura.
  • Miyanohama beach /2/ : The beach facing Anijima island. Nice place to dive. About 1.5 km from Omura.
  • Ogasawara Marine Center /3/ : A laboratory about green turtle and humpback whale. It has a museum. About 2 km from Omura.
  • Sakaiura 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.
  • Subtropical 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.
  • Kominato beach /8/ : White sand beach just south of Kopepe beach. Nice place to swim.
  • Buta beach /9/ : In spring, many whitetip reef sharks come 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.
  • Minamijima 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.
  • Nagasaki 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.
  • Hatsuneura 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 Omura.
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How to get to here

By Ship

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.

Mikazukiyama and Futami port from the ship Futami port
A street in Omura district Mikazukiyama Observation Deck
Miyanohama beach Ogasawara Marine Center
Museum of turtles in Ogasawara Marine Center Breeding turtles in Ogasawara Marine Center
Sakaiura beach Oogiura beach
Subtropical Agricultural Center Kopepe beach
Kominato beach Buta beach
John beach Jinny beach and Minamijima
Karstic Minamijima An entrance cave to land
Entrance cave and Oogi-ike pond Shark pond in Minamijima
Fossil shells on Minamijima Anijima from Nagasaki Observarory
Anijima from Mount Asahi Hatsuneura beach
Mount Chuo Dolphins around Ogasawara

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