Discover Hidden Gem of Aogashima Island in Japan

Explore the island's unique culture, enjoy stargazing opportunities, and experience the island's natural wonders
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Located 358 kilometers south of Tokyo in the Pacific Ocean Aogashima Island is a remote volcanic island that offers unique and breathtaking experience for nature lovers. Adventure seekers will find much to explore. This island, part of the Izu archipelago is known for its stunning natural beauty. Its rich history and tranquil atmosphere draw visitors. Here are some compelling reasons why you should consider visiting Aogashima Island

Unparalleled Natural Beauty

Aogashima Island is a volcanic crater with a smaller volcano at its center. The island's topography is breathtaking. Sheer cliffs rise from the ocean. They drop away to form a large ringed bowl. The best views can be seen from helicopter flights. There are also trails to hike with lookouts across the crater and out to sea.

One of the most spectacular viewpoints is Oyama Observation Park. It offers a panoramic view of the double caldera. The highest point on the island is Otonbu. On clear day you can even see neighboring Hachijojima Island in the distance.

Stargazing Paradise

Aogashima Island is renowned for exceptional stargazing opportunities. The island's remote location and lack of light pollution make it an ideal spot to take in the grandeur of the Milky Way. At the right time, you might even catch a glimpse of Canopus. It is the second-brightest star in the night sky or Perseid meteor shower.

Unique Culture and Local Life

Life on Aogashima Island is slow-paced and peaceful. The island has only one store, one post office, and three bars where you can try local dishes. You can sample Aochu. The island's vodka-like drink is made from sweet potatoes. The bars are a great place to meet locals and enjoy some karaoke. You can also relax at Aogashima Fureai Sauna. It offers a geothermal experience.

History and Legend

Aogashima Island has a rich history. For 50 years this island caused to be uninhabited because of a volcanic eruption in 1785. Today the island has population of around 170 people. The island is home to several historical sites including remains of ancient volcanic activity. This activity formed island's unique landscape.

Getting There

Once you reach Aogashima Island you need to travel to Hachijojima Island. Hachijojima Island is 70 kilometers away from Tokyo. From Hachijojima, you can take a boat or helicopter to Aogashima. The boat ride takes about 2.5 hours. The helicopter flight takes 20 minutes. Reservations are required for helicopters.

Accommodation and Activities

Accommodation on the island is limited to a few small B&Bs. There is a free campsite. The campsite has minimal facilities. There is a geothermal sauna nearby. You can shower. Relax there. Outside the facility, there are geothermal vents. They are for cooking eggs. Sweet potatoes too. These are available at the island store. Please note that accommodation on Aogashima must be reserved in advance.

Aogashima Island is a hidden gem that offers a unique blend. It combines natural beauty rich history and local culture. Its remote location and limited access mean the island remains relatively untouched by tourism. This makes it ideal. Whether you are a nature lover, adventure seeker or simply looking for a relaxing getaway, Aogashima Island is definitely worth considering.

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