180km from Tokyo, an island to feel the earth’s breath
Geographical features such as art works created by a volcano, flocks of birds and schools of tropical fish. Miyakejima is a “bird island” where visitors can experience a beautiful but harsh natural environment.
- Area size
- 55.26 sqm
- 39 km
- Distance from Tokyo
- 186 km
- 2,550 as of 2017
Akokakko-kan is a facility designed for observation and research of nature and is named after birds called Akokakko (endemic thrush), a representative bird of Miyakejima, which is also known as an “island of birds.” In addition to exhibits and information about wild birds, it has an observation space with telescopes. Members of Japan’s Wild Bird Society are resident at the facility, and they can respond to visitors’ questions, etc.
Mt. Sanshichi is a small mountain created overnight by a volcanic eruption in 1962, or 37th year of Showa. The name of the mountain “Sanshichi,” or “37,” comes from the year it was born. From the observation deck on the mountaintop, a dynamic view stretching from the crater to the shoreline all covered with lava can be viewed, an impressive example of the marvels of nature created by a volcano.
The largest freshwater pond in islands of Tokyo, Tairo Pond is said to have been formed by a large pool of water in a crater created by an eruption about 2,000 years ago. It is very unusual in the world to have a pond of 30 meters in depth that is located by the sea this closely. Since a primeval forest around the pond has more than 200 kinds of wild birds such as Akakakko (endemic thrush) and black wood pigeons, this area is a perfect place for bird watching.
“Furusato-no-yu is an open-air hot spring spa in “Furusato Taiken Village” located in the Ako district, built with the aim of interaction with other people and with nature. Viewing the sun setting into the Pacific Ocean while relaxing in a hot spring bath is a precious experience.
❺Kazan Taiken Walking Trail
The Ako district, which used to be the largest district in the island as a bustling hot spring town, was buried under lava in 1983 when a volcanic eruption occurred. This Kazan Taiken (“volcano experience”) Walking Trail was built on the lava that covers the Ako district. The ruins of Ako elementary school and junior high school still remain, showing how tremendous the eruption was.
Izu-misaki Lighthouse is designed in a square shape, which is quite rare as a lighthouse. Built in 1909, it is one of the oldest lighthouses in Japan. The panoramic view of grand nature from this lighthouse is breathtaking, and even Mt. Fuji can be seen on a sunny day. At Izu Misaki Cape, a cycling road has been built in a natural environment.
*As the operation schedule and required time varies depending on the season, contact the operation companies beforehand.