General Information Website to Learn About Izu Islands and Ogasawara Islands

An island of legend, gathering place of the gods

Kozushima

Rocky cliffs of lofty Mt. Tenjo and a beautiful white sand beach create picturesque scenery. An island of “Mizu Wake Densetsu” (“water sharing legend”) is rich in spring water, surrounded by transparent ocean.

BASIC
INFORMATION

Area size
18.58 sqm
Circumference
22 km
Distance from Tokyo
188 km
Population
1,890 as of 2017
SIGHTSEEING SPOT

Sightseeing spots

Kozushima Marugoto Planetarium

Kozushima Marugoto Planetarium

Miura Bay Observation Deck is an ideal place for astronomical observation due to the location facing south and having an unobstructed view without the influence of lighting. A vast dome of stars and the Milky Way in the dark night is guaranteed to make a deep and lasting impression. In winter, “Canopus” (the brightest star in the southern constellation of Carina) can be viewed; it is only observable at limited places in Japan. A night sky-viewing workshop with a Kozushima star guide is available (charged). Reservation required.

Mt. Tenjo

Mt. Tenjo

This curious mountain with a height of only 572 meters has vegetation that normally grows on 2,000 to 3,000-m class mountains and has a steep ridge. The mountain has natural ponds and white sandy places near the mountaintop, and various alpine plants can be seen on a hiking trail. The view from the mountaintop is so breathtaking that it is listed in “New Tokyo 100 Best Views.”

Tako Bay

Tako Bay

Located on the southeastern part of the island, Tako Bay boasts splendid scenery, especially Benten-jima island (Maru-jima) floating on the bay, whose green pine trees and white sand beach create a striking contrast. It is a good place for marine sports and swimming. From Tako Bay Observation Deck, a dynamic view created by the sheer cliffs of Mt. Tenjo almost pushing out over the bay can be seen. During winter when strong seasonal winds blow, regular liners use this bay instead of Kozushima Port (Maehama Port).

Statue of Mizukubari

Statue of Mizukubari

Based on “Mizuwake no Densetsu” (“water sharing legend”) in which seven gods from seven Izu Islands gathered at Kozushima to decide how to share water, the statue of Mizukubari was built on Maehama Beach around 1993. Seven statues of the gods are arranged on the beach to reproduce the meeting.

Sabusaki Onsen Kozushima Onsen Hoyo Center

Sabusaki Onsen Kozushima Onsen Hoyo Center

Established in 1991 for the purpose of rest and recreation for both locals and visitors, this is one of the largest onsen in Japan in terms of volume of hot spring water. From Tenbo-buro (“bath offering a good view”) facing the Pacific Ocean, you can enjoy soaking in a bath while seeing the sunset and starry sky. Wearing a bathing suit is required in the "rotenburo" open-air bath. The water is strong-salt spring type and warms your body very well.

Akazaki Yuhodo

Akazaki Yuhodo

A 500-meter wooden walking trail built along the coast of the northwestern part of the island. Walk on this trail built over a rocky cliff, and get a thrill! Under the trail the blue ocean spreads. A diving board is installed on the trail where you can jump into the sea. (Another thrill!) Swimming and snorkeling are also available down on the beach.

ACCESS&DURATION

Access by boat
Access by boat
Access by airplane
Access by airplane

*As the operation schedule and required time varies depending on the season, contact the operation companies beforehand.

MORE INFORMATION

Kozushima Tourist Association
TEL: 04992-8-0321
Industry and Tourism Division, Kozushima Village
TEL: 04992-8-0011