Located approximately 1000 kilometers south of Tokyo, the Ogasawara Islands are a UNESCO Natural World Heritage site. Chichi-jima Island and Haha-jima Island are the only islands in the archipelago that are inhabited.
The journey to the islands takes 24 hours but is well worth it. On the Ogasawara Islands, you can enjoy getting back to nature with hiking trails, whale watching and sandy beaches.
Located in the waters south of Tokyo, the Ogasawara Islands are accessible by overnight ferry from central Tokyo.
Take the Ogasawara-Maru Ferry from Takeshiba Terminal in Tokyo to Futami Port on Chichi-jima Island. The trip takes 24 hours, and you can enjoy the views of Tokyo Bay and the other islands you pass. From there, take a second ferry to Oki Port on Haha-jima Island if you wish to explore further.
Although the Ogasawara Islands are administered by Tokyo, they are a world away from the city. Chichi-jima Island is well known for its gorgeous, sandy beaches. Visit Miyanohama Beach to the north of the island for snorkeling, or swim around a submerged shipwreck off Sakiura Beach on the east coast.
Not only the islands themselves, but also the waters around them are populated with wildlife. A natural habitat for dolphins and whales, you can take part in dolphin and whale watching tours from Chichi-jima Island. See humpback whales from February to March, and sperm whales from May to November.
As a very special natural environment, it is essential that the ecosystems of the islands are preserved. As such, there are various points to keep in mind when visiting the islands.
Visitors must stick to the paths, and be mindful not to collect or otherwise damage any plants or wildlife on the island. Conscious ecotourism is essential to preserve the legacy of the Ogasawara Islands and helps the environment of the islands remain unspoiled.
The uninhabited Minami-jima Island is famous for its unusual natural features, such as its striking rock arch. A breeding ground for seabirds and sea turtles, the island is a geological formation known as submerged karst topography, exemplified by the pointed rock formations seen around the coast. Arrive at Minami-jima Island in 20 minutes by boat from Futami Port on Chichi-jima Island.