Situated on top of an active volcano which erupts every 30 to 40 years, the islands are blessed with rich nature due to the warm climate and the volcanic soil.
Watch dolphins off nearby Mikura-jima Island
There are excellent hiking trails around the volcano
Don't miss the black sand beaches
Arrive by ferry or airplane from Tokyo.
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 Oshima Island, Mikura-jima Island and Hachijo-jima Island.
The waters off the islands are populated with richly colored tropical fish, and stunning corals. Enjoy the underwater world by snorkeling or scuba-diving. The entire island is designated as a part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park due to its unspoiled plant and animal life.
Mount Oyama, the main crater of the island's active volcano, is off limits. However, there are many spots to see around the coast of the island, many of them related to the volcanic history of this intriguing island. Take a walk along the Ako Lava Flow Trail on the west coast of the island to see some of the formations created by past lava flows. Furusato Relazation Village Furusato-yu Hot Spring is located nearby, and makes a great place to stop off and relax after your walk.
Nearby Mikura-jima Island, located twenty-three kilometers to the south of Miyake-jima Island, is a well-known spot for dolphin watching. A colony of over 100 bottlenose dolphins populates the waters around this small island. With a reservation at Miyake Tourism Association, visitors are able to not only watch, but also swim in the waters. If the dolphins are in a playful mood they occasionally join the swimmers.