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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

Ogasawara Islands 小笠原諸島

A breathtaking, remote island chain in the Pacific known for ecotourism, unspoiled beaches and water adventures

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.

Don't Miss

  • Visit inhabited Chichi-jima and Haha-jima Islands
  • Bring your hiking boots and explore the trails
  • Explore the volcanic hot springs on Chichi-jima Island

How to Get There

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.

Islands with beaches perfect for water sports

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.

See whales and dolphins off the coast of the Ogasawara Islands

Whales and dolphins in their natural environment

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.

Stunning natural sites preserved through eco-tourism

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.

Minami-jima Island

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.

The remarkable arch on Minami-jima Island.

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