An island of ocean, forests, and a volcano
Magnificent Mt. Mihara sends up volcanic plumes, and camellias are at their best in spring.
Just 105 minutes from Tokyo by high-speed boat, Oshima is an island filled with grand nature and breathtaking beauty.
- Area size
- 90.76 sqm
- 52 km
- Distance from Tokyo
- 120 km
- 7,720 as of 2018
Having been both worshiped and feared by local people from ancient times as “Gojinka-sama” (God of fire), Mt. Mihara is considered one of the world’s top three liquidity volcanoes. An active volcano, the mountain has repeatedly erupted since more than 15,000 years ago, changing the shape of the island each time. From a walking trail around the crater you can see up close the volcanic fumes and vestiges of the past eruptions.
Hama-no-yu is an open-air hot spring facility using hot springs that gushed out after Mt. Mihara’s eruption in 1986. It offers splendid views of the Pacific Ocean in front of the bath and Mt. Mihara on the back side.
Located in Sentsu close to Oshima Park, Tsubaki Tunnel is a camellia-lined street that represents Oshima, an island famous for camellias (tsubaki in Japanese). The camellias were planted for about 100 meters along both sides of a road circling the island. The trees are about 200 years old and create a natural tunnel.
Oshima Park is a natural park making full use of the great natural environment of the island, with a total land area of 3,270,000 sqm. It has a zoo and a camellia grove, which is one of the largest such groves in Japan. A walking trail stretches along the beach nearby. A camping site is also available at “Umino Furusato Mura” in the south to the park.
❺Senba Stratum Section
Senba Stratum Section is a geological cross section running 600 meters and discovered in 1953 when a road construction project between Motomachi Port and Habu Port was under way. Well over one hundred eruptions of Mt. Mihara have created 90 layers of strata with a tremendous amount of volcanic ashes. Because of its wavy layers, called “Baum kuchen” by local people, it creates a unique landscape.
OSHIMA ISLAND GEO PARK
Mother nature of Izu Oshima can be translated as repeated eruptions and rebirths. The present scenery in front of you is a view you can see only at present. Enjoy once-in-a-lifetime encounters in Oshima.
*As the operation schedule and required time varies depending on the season, contact the operation companies beforehand.