“Aogashima Island” is a manned island belonging to the Izu Islands of Tokyo, and is called “unexplored” because of its difficult access. It is a wonderful island where you can see the nature unique to volcanic islands and the finest starry sky. It’s difficult to access, but once you step in, you’ll definitely be enchanted by the hidden areas of Aogashima Island.
Aogashima Island is the southernmost part of the Izu Islands, 358 kilometers away from Tokyo. Surprisingly, there is no address on the island. The island has a population of 160, the smallest village in Japan. The circumference of the island is also very small, about 9 kilometers.
The reason Aogashima Island is called unexplored is because of its difficulty in access. The island belongs to Tokyo, but there is no direct flight from Tokyo, and you have to go from Hachijojima Island, which is 60 kilometers north of Aogashima Island. There are two ways to get from Hachijojima Island to Aogashima Island, one of which is to take a helicopter. A helicopter called “Tokyo Island Shuttle” flies daily from Hachijojima Island to Aogashima Island on regular flights. It operates one flight a day, and it takes about 20 minutes to Aogashima Island, and the fare is 11,530 yen.
Another way to get from Hachijojima Island to Aogashima Island is by ferry. A ferry called “Aogashira Maru” operates about 4 to 5 flights a week. The departure time from Hachijojima is 9:30, and the travel time is approximately 3 hours, and the charge is 2,550 yen.
There is no best season to explore Aogashima Island. The average temperature is around 10 degrees in winter and around 26 degrees in summer. Whatever season you go, you will feel easier than Honshu (the main island of Japan). If you like festivals, it is best to go along with the season of the “Cow Festival,” the largest festival on Aoshima Island, which takes place on August 10 every year. If you want to see the finest starry sky, it is recommended autumn and winter when the air is clear.
An unusual terrain with another caldera volcano in the active volcano
The solitary island in mid-ocean full of mystery, Aogashima Island. It is the island which is increasingly popular recently, 358 km from Tokyo and 70 km from Hachijojima Island. It is one of the islands belonging to Tokyo. This island is a volcanic island, an unusual terrain with another caldera volcano in the active volcano. When you climb up to the observatory with a high altitude, it is popular that you can see the whole of the island including this volcano. Also, at night, the caldera intercepts the surrounding light, and it is gaining popularity because it is able to see the full stars in darkness.
It is a small island
Aogashima Island 358 kilometers south of Tokyo is located at the southernmost tip of the Izu Islands. It is a small island with a population of about 160 people, 9 km around. The island is on an active volcano and is a double volcano with another small mountain in the island. In addition, the surrounding area has many caldera topographies overlapping, and it has a rare terrain in the world.
You can enjoy many unique tastes of the island
The characteristic thing that makes Aogasima Island feel like being a volcano is the mouth of water vapor called “Hingya”. The sauna using that heat is popular. In Aogashima Island there are special products such as specialty shochu “Aochu” and its ingredients such as sweet potatoes, cucumbers and peppers. You can enjoy many unique tastes of the island.
You can enjoy a little swimming in the harbor
There may be some people imagining a beautiful beach, but there is no sand beach as it is situated on a steep volcanic island. On a calm day, you can enjoy a little swimming in the harbor.
The Milky Way that shines brightly is a reputation
The busy season of Aogashima sightseeing is August. In addition to being at the time of summer vacation and Obon holidays, in areas where there are few private houses and street lamps, stars look beautiful enough to be said to be natural planetariums. Especially the Milky Way that shines brightly is a reputation and many Astronomical fans come only to see this beautiful starry sky.
Information(Access, Price/Charge, Tel, Address, Official site, etc.)
|Address:||Aogashimamuraichien Aogashimamura, Tokyo 100-1701 Japan|
|Access:||50 minutes by airplane from Haneda Airport to Hachijojima Island, and 50 minutes by helicopter from Hachijojima Island to Aogashima Island.|
|Tel:||(+81) 4996-9-0111 (Aogashima Island Village Office)|