A calm and picturesque island of Tokyo
Well known as a surfing site and for its moai statue, Niijima has a distinctive culture and history.
Covered with Koga stones, Niijima is a center for marine sports with a beautiful white sand beach.
- Area size
- 23.64 sqm
- 28 km
- Distance from Tokyo
- 163 km
- 2,220 as of 2017
Jusansha-jinja Shrine, or “thirteen shrines,” is named after the thirteen deities that include twelve enshrined in Niijima Island and Shikinejima Island and the mythical founder of the Izu Islands, Kotoshironushi no Mikoto. The shinto ritual called “Shishi Kiyari” held at Shiwasu Matsuri grand festival on December 8 every year is designated an Intangible Cultural Property of Tokyo.
With its length stretching some 6.5 km, Habushiura white sand beach is said to be the most beautiful in the Izu Islands. Blessed with high quality waves just like the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii, the beach is loved by surfers, and world surfing competitions are held at this beach.
Located on north side of Jusansha-jinja Shrine, this museum introduces the daily lives of inhabitants and history of the island. A unique fishing method called “Rokucho Bari,” a kind of trapping, and a special recipe of “Kusaya” dried fish are introduced. Also, surfboards made in the 1960’s collected from all over the world are displayed. A thatched house reconstructed outside the museum recreates for visitors the islanders’ daily lives of older times.
❹Yunohama Open-air Bath
An open-air hot spring bath reminding you of an ancient Greek temple. In addition to the beautiful structure, commanding views of Shikinejima Island, Kozushima Island, and the Pacific Ocean are charms of this spa. An ideal spot for refreshing with six different baths of six different water temperatures. Niijima glass art objects are also well worth seeing.
A cemetery of those who died during their banishment to this island has 118 graves on the lower ground level of the cemetery of the Nichiren sect Choei-ji Temple. Such unique tombstones as a sake barrel, dice, etc., can be found; they are thought to be the objects that the deceased liked and made by their mates as commemoration. The cemetery is maintained by local people.
❻Niijima Glass Art Center
The center was established in 1998 for the purpose of research and development of glass products of Koga stones. The greenish transparent glass art products are distinctive to Niijima Island and have been gaining popularity in recent years. This art center has an activity corner where visitors can create a product of their own. At a museum next to the art center, contemporary glass arts from all over the world are displayed.
*As the operation schedule and required time varies depending on the season, contact the operation companies beforehand.