An island of legend, gathering place of the gods
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.
- Area size
- 18.58 sqm
- 22 km
- Distance from Tokyo
- 188 km
- 1,890 as of 2017
❶Kozushima 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.
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.”
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).
❹Statue 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.
❺Sabusaki 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.
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.
*As the operation schedule and required time varies depending on the season, contact the operation companies beforehand.