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Izu Islands' Hachijo-jima

This video, titled "Hachijojima - The Other Side of Tokyo : 80Days Travel," is an introductory video on the scenery of Hachijo-jima (Hachijo Island), an island in the Izu Islands of Tokyo.
The video was produced by “TokyoStreetView - Japan The Beautiful.”

Most people think of Okinawa when it comes to tropical resorts in Japan, but there's a sightseeing destination in Tokyo where you can enjoy that same tropical resort atmosphere.

In this article, we'll introduce Hachijo-jima, a resort near the city, as well as some sight seeing information about the area.
The video shows some of the amazing scenery of Hachijo-jima, located in the Izu Islands.
Can you believe this place is part of Tokyo?

Hachijo-Jima: An Island Rich in Nature, Created by an Active Volcano

Image of Hachijo-jima

The Izu Islands are located at the southern end of Tokyo and connected to the Pacific Ocean. They consist of about 100 different islands of all different sizes.
Among the Izu islands, Hachijo-jima is especially popular as a sightseeing destination, thanks to its beautiful natural scenery and subtropical climate.

Izu Islands' Hachijo-jima is the second largest inhabited island among the "Izu Seven."
Hachijo-jima’s Nishiyama, also called “Hachijo Fuji,” is an active volcano but the volcanic activity has settled down since the Edo Period (1603-1868).
The beautiful natural scenery that the volcano created is definitely worth checking out.

Sightseeing on Hachijo-Jima!

There are many travelers who visit Hachijo-jima to enjoy swimming, fishing, and diving.
At 0:24 in the video, scenes of sea turtles swimming elegantly in the beautifully clear sea are shown.
Thanks to that subtropical climate we mentioned earlier, you can enjoy diving year round at Hachijo-jima.
If you want to enjoy some marine activities, we recommend checking out the crystal clear waters of Sokodo Beach!

The beautiful, natural scenery is popular among travelers for taking Instagram photos.

Recommended Sightseeing Locations on Hachijo-Jima

Hachijo-jima's untouched tropical forests allow you to enjoy walking around sightseeing, while taking in the island's history.
After hiking, it's time for a dip at some hidden hot springs! Miharashi no Yu and Ashiyu Kirameki, are two places you can relax and rid yourself of fatigue while taking in the ocean views.
The footbath, Ashiyu Kirameki, can be seen at 1:07 in the video.

When visiting Hachijo-jima, you've got to try the local specialty "Shima Sushi."
The Hachijo Morning Market is held on the third Saturday every month. We recommend matching up your schedule with some of the events on the Island if possible.

Summary of Izu Islands' Hachijo-Jima

Hachijo-jima can be accessed by ferry or airplane.
There is a regular ferry service from Tokyo that makes one round-trip per day, and the journey is approximately 11 hours long.
If you use the airplane from Haneda airport to Hachijo-jima airport, you can get to Hachijo-jima in just 45 minutes.

Hachijo-jima is a beautiful island where you can enjoy a wonderful time away from the hustle and bustle of the city, in the midst of nature.
We hope we've piqued your interest in visiting Hachijo-jima!


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Last Updated : Nov. 17, 2020
坂崎 なお(Nao Sakazaki)
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Hachijo-jima, Tokyo: An Island With Spectacular Scenery and a Tropical-Island Feel. Enjoy Fishing, Diving, and a Morning Market, All on Japan's Izu Islands!
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