Apart from the tourist activities with the nature guide, we chartered a taxi for half a day and efficiently visited many of the other places we wanted to go.
We visited “Togahama beach”, where the stratum of several eruptions can be seen; “Miyake Nature Center, Akakkokko station”, where you can learn about the wild birds living on the island and rent a telescope for bird watching; “Chotaro-ike Tide Pool”, where a large tidal pool is surrounded by the cooled lava that flowed out due to an eruption long ago; “Cape Satado-misaki”, where you can enjoy a superb view of the steep cliffs.
The Miyakejima Island coastline is breathtaking with many incredible spots to stop and take in the true power of nature. The coast has varied landscapes and features with sandy beaches, steep cliffs, and volcanic rocky beaches. The spectacle of the waves breaking on the shore is not to be missed.
Miyake Village Recreation Center
We recommend “Miyake Village Recreation Center” in the Tsubota district. There you will find one of the largest bouldering facilities in Japan, catering to visitors from beginner to advanced, so you can enjoy it at your own level. After paying the entrance fee and the rental shoes fee, beginners are shown a video explaining how to enjoy bouldering, so don’t worry if you are a beginner at bouldering, you will be made to feel at ease. Yet, bouldering was quite a challenge at first. Even the beginner courses were difficult, but we tried many different courses and managed to reach our goals!
Atelier Fleur Aqua
Another great indoor program we experienced was the Herbarium craft experience, which can be participated in at “Atelier Fleur Aqua”, a weekend-only flower shop in the Ako district. Herbariums are ornamental flower arrangements in which dried and preserved flowers are confined to a glass bottle with a special oil.
The instructor showed us various samples and explained how to make them. If you tell them the instructor the colors and shapes you would like to achieve, you will be provided with various materials to accomplish the task. Use them to make a flower arrangement in a small bottle following your own design, and then pour the special oil into the bottle to finalize it.
We each worked hard for about an hour, arranging the ingredients in our respective bottles with tweezers. Finally, we were very satisfied with the outcome of the activity. While this was my first experience making an Herbarium, it may become my new hobby. Ultimately, the Herbarium I made in Miyakejima Island was a sweet and memorable souvenir for myself.
The recommended dinner place is a bar called “nritano”, where you can enjoy creative Italian cuisine in the northern part of the island in the Kamitsuki district. We took a taxi to go there because the place where “nritano” is located is difficult to find when you visit it for the first time.
The meal at “nritano” were absolutely delicious, with every single dish boasting top-quality fresh vegetables and local fish from Miyakejima Island. It was delicious – truly a hidden gem combining local food with Western influences. We stayed longer than anticipated because we really enjoyed the feast. I would go there all the time if it was located in the center of Tokyo.
Apart from these, all the food we ate during our stay in Miyakejima Island was delicious. In particular, vegetables and fish harvested in Miyakejima Island were both fresh and especially noteworthy.
We would like to recommend “Kamameshi”, which uses ingredients such as kinmedai (Splendid Alfonsino), tocobushi (Small Abalone), and island clam (True Limpet). The ingredients on the island seem to have delicious choices during every season, so we wanted to come back again in a different season to enjoy the different seasonal ingredients.
At the end of an enjoyable stay in Miyakejima Island, be sure to visit the Miyakejima Tourist Association before you leave the island. You can use a service that allows you to print your memories of Miyakejima Island sightseeing taken with your own smartphone.
This is a service that allows you to connect your smartphone to the printer via Wi-Fi and print your favorite photos taken in Miyakejima Island on the spot. This is a great perk—being able to quickly get your pictures printed for a great memory. The photo quality was great.
Our two-night three-day stay in Miyakejima Island ended rather quickly, but if we had more time, we would take a leisurely stroll on the beach, admire the sea, and do much more.
By all means, we want to come back to Miyakejima Island soon. Next time, we would probably like to visit Miyakejima Island in the summer season to swim and enjoy snorkeling in the surrounding sea.