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Izu Islands' “Niijima”

The video “Niijima - The other Side of Tokyo : 80 Days Travel” created by “TokyoStreetView - Japan The Beautiful,” is a promotional video that introduces the beautiful "Niijima," in the Izu islands.

Many people might not have heard the “Niijima” before. Although Niijima is part of Tokyo, it has a warm climate all year round. The beaches are reminiscent of one's you'd find in Hawaii. There are so many things to see in Niijima, so sit back, relax, and enjoy the views.

This article will talk about some scenic locations on Niijima, full of nature, and great for taking Instagram photos.
The video is only 2 minutes long, but there's no shortage of things to see.

Popular Tourist Spots in Niijima

Image of Niijima
Photo:Aerial view of Niijima

Niijima, in the Izu islands, is located south of Japan's main island, Honshu. Niijima village is actually part of Tokyo. Unlike the big city Tokyo, Niijima is an island overflowing with nature, beautiful beaches, and ocean. Niijima attracts a lot of tourists, and it is also a popular surf spot, with the world championships occasionally being held there. Check out the video from 0:11 to see how beautiful Niijima's ocean is.

You can also visit the historical temples and enjoy swimming in the ocean. You'll have no regrets after your visit to Niijima.

Niijima can be accessed by either ferry or plane. If you would like to spend some quality time on the ferry, we recommend taking the ferry from either Tokyo Takeshiba Pier, or the one from Shimoda Port in Shimoda, Shizuoka. If you would like to save travel time however, we recommend you fly from Tokyo Chofu Airport.

By high speed jet ferry, it takes about 2 hours and 20 minutes. Large passenger ships take about 10 hours and 35 minutes. From Shimoda Port, it will take 2 hours and 40 minutes. The flight time from Chofu Airport is just 35 minutes.
Niijima tours are available with different plans. If you're looking to spend a couple nights in Niijima, be sure to check the tour packages to see which package fits your plan.

Sightseeing Spots at Niijima

Image of Habushiura Beach
Photo:Habushiura Beach

There are so many different tourist spots around Niijima: beautiful scenic ocean views, relaxing hot springs, and an observatory where you can see a panoramic view of Niijima.

If you would like to enjoy the beaches, we recommend “Mamashita Beach,” “Habushiura Beach,” “Honsonmae Beach,” “Kurone Beach,” “Wada Beach,” and “Wakagomaehama Beach.”

If you want to relax in the hot springs, we recommend “Yunohama Hot Springs,” or “Mamashita Hot Springs.”

For scenic views, try visiting “Ishiyama Observatory,” and “Fujimitoge Observatory.” Fujimitoge Observatory offers an all inclusive view of the ocean, mountain, and the city. At Ishiyama Observatory, you can look over Shikinejima and other islands.

Besides these popular tourist spots, there's Daisan Oji Shrine and Miyahara Sakagura where you can experience Japanese culture. There are also popular activities such as “Dolphin spotting.”

From 0:08 in the video, you will see many different places and activities you can enjoy in Niijima. Be sure not to miss out on all it has to offer!

When you visit Niijima, don't forget to try the fresh seafood as well! There are so many restaurants to have lunch and dinner at on Niijima. Popular gourmet food of the Izu islands includes, “Kusaya,” “Shima Sushi,” and Red Squid Yakisoba.”

Summary of Izu Islands' Niijima

How did you enjoy the video of the beautiful "Niijima," located in the Izu Islands? There are fun events and festivals throughout the year in Niijima, such as the “Niijima Triathlon,” “Niijima Open Water Swimming,” Niijima O-Odori (dancing event),” the “Islanders Festival,” “Niijima Aquathlon,” the “Niijima International Glass Art Festival and the “Jusan Shrine Festival.”

You'll be surprised such a beautiful island is only 30 minutes away from the large city Tokyo. It will be an unforgettable trip.

【Official Website】Tokyo Niijima Village. Village Office Website

【Official Website】Niijima Tourism Association - Niijima Tourism and Accommodation Information

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Last Updated : May. 19, 2021
鈴木 正孝(Masataka Suzuki)
A writer born and raised in Asakusa, Tokyo who loves traveling and novels

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Izu Islands' “Niijima”: A True Paradise Only 35 Minutes From the City. Its Scenic Views Will Have You Wondering If You’re Really in Tokyo
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