An island of camellias with seasonal faces
Toshima is a small island covered with "sakuyuri lilies" (Lilium auratums) and 200 thousand camellia trees.
This circular cone shaped island is surrounded by rocks and still retains vestiges of a long history dating to ancient times.
- Area size
- 4.12 sqm
- 8 km
- Distance from Tokyo
- 147 km
- 320 as of 2017
Minamigayama Park is a park sprawling on the southern hillside of Mt. Miyatsuka. The view from the observation deck in the park has been chosen as one of “New Tokyo 100 Best Views,” offering a view of Miyakejima Island and Mikurashima Island in the distance on sunny days. The park has an open lawn space as well as a kitchen garden, and a starry sky can be seen during winter.
Mt. Miyatsuka is a 508-meter high mountain shaped like a bowl with its open side down. The top commands a view of Mt. Fuji and the Izu Peninsula. The mountainside is covered by various trees, and among them, large yews and Kamiyo camellias are unique to Toshima, and can be seen on the hiking trail “Mt. Miyatsuka/Huge Tree Touring Trail.”
Terraced fields of camellias on the hillside can be found here and there on the island. The whole island is dyed in red during the time of camellias’ bloom. The fields covered with petals are called “camellia carpets.”
❹Toshima Local Museum
This museum is themed on the local lives of the island’s inhabitants from the Jomon period (B.C.14,000 to B.C. 4th century) to the present day. Daily commodities and industrial tools are displayed. Among them, a copper mirror is worthy of special mention: it was created to pray for the safety of voyages and big catches of fish. The mirror was found at the remains of ritual sites in the precincts of Dozan-jinja Shrine and is designated a Tangible Cultural Property of Tokyo because of its importance both culturally and historically.
❺Azusawake no Mikoto-jinja Shrine
At this shrine, a local deity, Azusawake no Mikoto, or locally called “Myojin-sama,” is enshrined. Azusawake no Mikoto is the son of Kotoshironushi no Mikoto who is enshrined in many shrines in the Izu Islands, and is enshrined together with Kisakigami (God Empress) Orinobori no Mikoto. The shrine is said to have been built in 1760 – the oldest structure in Toshima – and holds “Jikkuwa bi,” an event celebrating year-crossing on December 31 every year.
This park is the end point of Mt. Miyatsuka hiking trail. The theme of the park is the sun worship of ancient times, and in the park can be found a pond built with inspiration from a copper mirror that was excavated in Toshima and a gazebo modeled on a house of those days. Since it is located on the east side of the island, you can see the sunrise there at the earliest time on the island. Plants unique to the Izu Islands also can be seen.
*As the operation schedule and required time varies depending on the season, contact the operation companies beforehand.