An island to have a great time.
Pristine nature, and majesty of swimming whales.
Mysterious ocean island with distinctive ecosystem.
- Area size
- 23.80 sqm
- 52 km
- Distance from Tokyo
- 1,000 km
- 2,160 as of 2017
Minamijima is a uninhabited island to the southwest of Chichijima, where a geographic formation known as submerged Karst that is quite rare worldwide can be observed. In order to preserve the distinctive plant life, being accompanied by a guide is required when visiting this island, and entrance is limited during winter. A white sand beach extending in a fan-like shape is exceptionally beautiful; green turtles lay eggs there between May and August.
Jinny Beach is located on the southwestern edge of Chichijima, facing Minamijima. There is no land road, so the beach is only accessible by boat or sea-kayak. The white sand beach and cobalt blue ocean can be enjoyed just like a private beach. However, the ocean current is so swift that it is very important when swimming to stay only in a shallow area close to the beach.
❸Ogasawara Visitors Center
It is highly recommended to visit this center for people who come to Ogasawara for the first time. Nature and the history of Ogasawara are introduced by using models, panels, slides and so on, including a sailing vessel of the Sailing Ship era restored by using a real outrigger canoe. Special exhibitions and seminars about local nature and culture are held occasionally.
❹Weather Station Observation Deck
An observation deck located on the west side of Omura, the largest district in Chichijima, is called “Weather Station” because of the fact that there used to be an observation facility of the Meteorological Agency here. The sunset view from this spot is magnificent and renowned. The spot offers a view of Hahajima Island on a sunny day. Also whales in the ocean can be viewed between winter and spring.
After going through a windbreak of tamana trees and jack-in-a-box, a white sand beach with calm ocean stretches into the distance. A 20-minute drive from the center of the town takes you to the beach, from which John Beach is further accessible via a walking path that takes about 2.5 hours. On the walking path, splendid white sand views of Kominato Beach and Kopepe Beach can be seen.
Chichijima of the Ogasawara Islands is a famous whale watching spot. Humpback whales and sperm whales can be seen close-up. From December to May, humpback whales gathering the area for breeding and nurturing perform astonishing spectacles such as breaching and blowing. Although you are more likely to be able to see these actions from on a boat, it is sometimes possible to see them even from the land.
*As the operation schedule and required time varies depending on the season, contact the operation companies beforehand.