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Kanto Tokai Kansai Chugoku Shikoku Kyushu Okinawa Islands SAPPORO TOKYO NAGOYA OSAKA FUKUOKA FURANO KUSHIRO AOMORI SENDAI FUKUSHIMA NIKKO HAKONE SADO TAKAYAMA KANAZAWA ISE KYOTO NARA HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI KAGOSHIMA NAHA
Hokkaido
Hokkaido
  • Hokkaido
Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
Tohoku
Tohoku
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare
Kanto
Kanto
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving
Kyushu
Kyushu
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings

Nature

Chichijima Island 父島

Watch whales, hit the beach and admire the stars on Chichijima

Blessed with rich plant and wildlife, the island of Chichijima is part of the Ogasawara archipelago, and is a registered UNESCO Site of Natural Heritage.

Don't Miss

  • Taking a whale-watching tour
  • Swimming around a sunken wreck off Sakaiura Beach
  • Enjoying the many hiking trails around the island

Quick Facts

There are plenty of whale-watching opportunities along the coast

This is the largest island in the Ogasawara archipelago

There's only one major village on the island

How to Get There

The best way to access the island is to take a direct ferry from Tokyo.

Take the Ogasawara-maru Ferry from Takeshima Pier overnight (24 hours). You'll pass the Izu Islands and arrive at Chichijima the following day.

Go stargazing

Thanks to its remote location, there is no light pollution on the island, and the night sky seen from Chichijima is nothing short of spectacular. For something even more special, be sure to check out the view of the night sky from the Weather Station Observatory in the northwest of the island.

Whale watching galore

You can see humpback whales from February to March, and sperm whales from May to November. Make reservations for outdoor activities at the B-Ship tourism office near Futami Port, where the boats from Tokyo dock.

Meet the friendly local dolphins

The waters off Chichijima are also populated by dolphins. See the dolphins in their natural environment by catching a boat tour that's available to book onsite. Dolphins are naturally playful, and often approach the boats.

Beaches and watersports

The island is renowned for its white, sandy beaches, which offer plenty of excitement. Miyanohama and Tsurihama, on the north side of the island, are great spots for snorkeling.

There are also picnic tables and toilet facilities nearby. Swim around the submerged shipwreck of the Hinko-maru, a Japanese ship sunk just off the island in World War II, off the east coast of the island at Sakaiura Beach. There are lots of other water sports to try too, including sea kayaking, fishing and surfing.

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