Niijima Island 新島
Discover rich nature, traditional food, glass art, and world-class surfing
Niijima, one of the seven Izu Islands , offers a well-preserved natural landscape that is a paradise for surfers, divers and nature lovers alike.
- Seeing the sunset from the Yu-no-Hama outdoor baths
- Trying your hand at making authentic Niijima glass
- Going diving in the clear seas around the island
How to Get There
The island is accessible from Honshu by plane or boat.
From Takeshiba Pier in Tokyo, you can take an Express Jetboat (two hours and 50 minutes) or a larger passenger boat overnight (10 hours) to Niijima. Alternatively, you can fly from Chofu Airport to Niijima Airport in around 40 minutes.
The island is located 163 kilometers south of Tokyo
It was formed from eight lava domes
Sperm whales and humpback whales regularly pass by the island
Sun, sea, and surf
With a yearly spot on the professional surf calendar, the waves at Habushiura Beach, on the east coast of the island, are worth seeking out.
A local dish to sink your teeth into
Take the chance to try the local dried fish, known as kusaya. The preparation of this salty, marinated fish is based on a 300-year-old cooking method exclusive to the island. The fresh fish caught off Niijima also make delicious sushi, which you can enjoy with locally brewed soy sauce.
Unique cultural experiences and hot spring baths
The distinctive green Niijima glass makes the perfect souvenir from the island. Try your hand at making glass at the Nii-jima Glass Art Center.
Take a hike or a dive and then a hot bath
Go trekking on one of the four courses around the island or enjoy diving in the clear waters off the coast. After a long day, relax in a natural onsen hot bath, like the Yu-no-Hama outdoor baths, located on the west coast overlooking the sea. They are open 24 hours a day and free to use.