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Hiking, hot springs, diving and dolphin watching on a subtropical volcanic island

The island of Miyakejima's warm climate and volcanic soil make for a beautiful, lush environment where water sports, outdoor pursuits and hot springs await.

Quick Facts

You can watch dolphins off nearby Mikurajima

There are excellent hiking trails around the volcano

Its volcanic origins have created black-sand beaches

How to Get There

From Tokyo, take the overnight ferry from Takeshiba Pier (six hours), or fly from Chofu Airport on the outskirts of Tokyo to Miyake Airport (50 minutes). There are also Tokyo Ai-Land Shuttle helicopters operating between Miyakejima and Oshima, Mikurajima and Hachijojima .

Find nature in the waters

The waters off the islands are populated with brightly colored tropical fish and stunning coral. You can explore the underwater world by snorkeling or scuba diving. The entire island is part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park due to its unspoiled plant and animal life.

Volcanic hot springs and hiking trails

Mt. Oyama, the main crater of the island's active volcano, is off limits. However, there are many other spots to see around the coast of the island, many of which are related to the volcanic history of this intriguing island.

Take a walk along the Ako Lava Trail on the west coast of the island to see some of the formations created by past lava flows. Furusato Experience Village Furusato no Yu Hot Spring, located nearby, makes a great place to relax after your trek.

Visit this peaceful Tokyo island to avoid the crowds

Miyakejima is a paradise for bird watching

Dolphin watching

Nearby Mikurajima, 23 kilometers to the south of Miyakejima, is a well-known spot for dolphin watching. A colony of over 100 bottlenose dolphins populates the waters around this small island.

By making a reservation at the Miyakejima Tourist Association, you can watch the dolphins and swim. If the dolphins are in a playful mood, they occasionally join the swimmers.

The latest information may differ, so please check the official website.

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