An island of gushing natural hot springs, Shikinejima
Spend time on a quiet ocean side and warm yourself up at an onsen hot spring in the ocean water.
Shikinejima is rich in natural scenery created from rias coastlines made of rocky reefs and rustic vistas.
- Area size
- 3.88 sqm
- 12 km
- Distance from Tokyo
- 171 km
- 520 as of 2018
❶Tomari Swimming Beach
As this place is a cove with gentle waves, boats bound for Miyakejima and Hachijojima islands have used it to wait for favorable winds since ancient times. Therefore it has also been called a “port.” The white sand beach is well known as a swimming beach and is also fine for diving, with transparent water and gentle waves. From the hill behind the beach you can see the beautiful Tomari Port that spreads out like a fan.
Named after the landform of a sheer cliff with a surface that looks cut by a hatchet, Jinata Onsen is a hot spring spa on the sea. As the spa is said to be effective for female ailments and stomach ulcers, it is also called “Spa of Internal Medicine.” Wearing a bathing suit is required when taking a bath.
The name “Kamanoshita,” or “under a boiling pot,” comes from the fact that there were boiling pots with which salt was produced from seawater here. This beach is also called “Shikine Matsushima” because pine trees and shore reefs create a fine view like the renowned Matsushima in Miyagi Prefecture. Nearby there is a rock famous in connection with Yosano Akiko (poet, 1878-1942), who made a poem about it.
Matsugashita Miyabi-no-yu is a hot spring spa featuring a distinctive atmosphere and a gourd-like shaped bath with a footbath attached. The spa uses water from Jinata Onsen, which is said to be effective for muscle pain and poor circulation. Wearing a bathing suit is required for bathing.
❺Kanbiki Observation Deck
Located near the top of Mt. Kanbiki, the highest mountain in the island, the observatory deck has preserved distance measuring points that Ino Tadataka, who made a map of the whole of Japan in the Edo period, used as a base point. Listed in “New Tokyo 100 Best Views,” this observatory deck offers a panoramic view of 360 degrees including the Izu Peninsula and Mt. Fuji to the north and Miyakejima and Mikurashima islands to the south on a fine day.
With a wild landscape created by sheer cliffs, Tojin-zushiro is located in the southwestern part of the island. “Tsushiro” is said to mean “a place where people gather,” and historically many people from other islands nearby gathered at this island to catch fish. Because it is wild rocky stretch of land, even islanders did not usually visit this place. But now, a wooden deck has been built and visitors can enjoy trekking. In spring, wild azaleas bloom, presenting a different kind of landscape.
*As the operation schedule and required time varies depending on the season, contact the operation companies beforehand.