A trip to Miyakejima where you can experience “the island living with a volcano”
Miyakejima is located 180 km south-southwest of Tokyo, almost in the center of the Izu Islands. Miyakejima island is blessed with an unmatched scenic beauty due to the beautiful natural wonders created by volcanic eruptions. It has many incredible features, such as wild birds, warm climate, tropical fish, hot springs, and breathtaking landscapes.
Miyakejima is a volcanic island with a diameter of 8 km and a circumference of 38km which belongs to the Fuji Volcanic Belt. It looks almost round shape and the warm weather makes people easy to live.
In recent history, the volcanic activity has been repeated in the period of 20 years. In the Showa era, there were eruptions in 1940, 1962, and 1983. Also the eruption of 2000 forced all the Miyakejima residents evacuated from the island, and it took four and a half years to return to the island.
During the time, a new crater was born due to an underwater eruption, lava flowed into the village, burying houses and elementary and junior high schools, the phreatomagmatic eruption blew away the Shinmyo Pond and a new crater called Nippana Shinzan was emerged.
The landscape created by these volcanic activities brings visitors a sense of dynamic, magical and beautiful nature. Above all, by experiencing the daily life of Miyakejima, where people’s lives and volcanic activities are closely related, you will be able to feel the pulse of our earth.
It is not only volcanoes that make you feel the beauty of nature. Miyakejima is known for its abundance of wild birds, so-called Bird Island. You can observe wild birds such as Izu Thrush, Black Woodpigeon etc.
The fun of the sea is diving and fishing. Miyakejima, affected by the Kuroshio, is a crowded area of table corals. The unique scenery of the volcanic island also spreads out in the water, and you can observe coral colonies, tropical fishes, large migratory fishes, and sea turtles. There are many surf fishing points all around the island. The island is so popular for fishing enthusiasts because they can target many types of fish throughout the year.
Recruitment of Miyakejima Monitor Tour Participants
A trip to Miyakejima where you can experience “the island living with with a volcano”
Monitor Tour Schedule
Thursday, February 27th to Saturday, 29th (2 Nights, 3 days)
Itinerary of the monitor tour
Day 1 (Thursday, February 27th)
We’ll depart from Tokyo to Miyakejima early in the morning from Chofu Airport at 08:40 a.m. and we will arrive to Miyakejima Airport at 9:30 a.m.
After arriving, we will take a taxi to Miyakejima Tourist Association in the Ako district. Where we will rent an electric-assist bicycle at the tourist association and we will stroll around the Toga Shrine, which enshrines the creator of the Izu Islands, and the Nippana Shinzan, which was formed overnight due to the seabed explosion caused by the eruption in 1983.
For Lunch we will have Miyakejima’s popular lunch. At Yamanobe Ryokan, enjoy “Kamameshi” Pond using ingredients such as kinmedai (Golden bream), tocobushi (Abalone), and island clam.
After lunch, we will return to the tourist association by bicycle and return the bicycle. In the afternoon, we will experience the Miyakejima GEO half-day guided tour with the nature guide. Stroll around the Ako district. You will see an arch-shaped rock created by lave called “Eyeglass rock.” “Ako Lava Trail” is where you can see the ruins of an elementary and junior high school buried in lava by the eruption in 1983.
We will also visit “Koshiki no ana” where you can walk the crater caused by an eruption in 1643, and “Shichito Observatory” where you can overlook all the Izu Islands.
In the evening you will enjoy a relaxing experience at the hometown hot spring facility “Furusato no Yu” and watch the sunset over the Pacific Ocean.
After experiencing the hot spring, you will take a taxi to Minshuku “Ikeyoshi”. The day ends with a dinner at “Ikeyoshi” which is also the place of your accommodation.
Day 2 (Friday, February 28th)
We will start the day with a delicious breakfast at the Minshuku “Ikeyoshi”. Then, we will experience a half-day Miyakejima GEO tour with a nature guide. In this tour you will visit “Shiitori Shrine” where the whole area was buried by the mudflow of the 2000 eruption, “Hyotanyama” a crater born overnight in the 1940 eruption, “Sanshichiyama” a crater created by the eruption in 1962, and the largest freshwater pond in the Izu Islands called “Tairo-Ike Pond”.
In the afternoon, enjoy an island tour in Tsubota district . Around town is the “Miyake Nature Center, Akakkokko station”, where you can learn about the outlook of wild birds observed in the island, and you can use a telescope for bird watching. You can also visit “Miyakejima Recreation Center” where they have one of the largest bouldering facilities in Japan.
At the end of the day we will have dinner at “Ritano”, a stylish bar in the Kamitsuki district. And the accommodation will be at “Ikeyoshi”.
Day 3 (Saturday, February 29th)
In the morning at 10:00 am, you will experience herbarium craft at Atelier Fleur Aqua in the Ako district.
After that, we will have a free time and activities can be arranged according to the wishes of the monitor tour participants. (Example of how to enjoy the free time: Take a taxi trip on the island to visit the Cape Izu lighthouse in the Izu district). If we visit the Izu district lunch will be at Gallery Cafe “Canon”
After lunch, stop at Miyakejima Tourist Association in the Ako district, and print a commemorative photo with the app. Go to the airport by taxi and return to Tokyo by the third flight (15:30). Arrival at Chofu Airport is at 16:20.
Recruitment of monitor tour participants and participation conditions
Destination: Miyakejima, Tokyo, Izu Islands (1 couple or 2 people)
Are you a foreigner living in Tokyo with interest in Japanese culture and history? We’re looking for you!
Organiser: Wondertrunk & Co.
Terms of Participation:
- You’ll experience monitor tours that serve up different tourism programs. Like a food taster, you’ll sample each activity and then let us know your thoughts and feelings about the plans.
- It’s also a requirement that monitor tour participants share their experience within their social media circles, e.g., via Instagram or Facebook, during tours. We encourage monitor tour participants to post on their social media channels at least three times each day for the entirety of the journey.
- The applicants should also be open to being recorded and publicised. Such pictures and videos are necessary for marketing purposes and, as such, will be used for promotional purposes, including but not limited to SNS and website information.
- Applicants will be invited to attend Izu Island PR events or a gathering program to share their experience. Dates will be announced shortly after the monitor tour ends. Attendance to a PR event is not a requirement, but we will greatly appreciate it.
The company will foot the bill for accommodation, meals and transport including round-trip ferry tickets, but it will not cover any personal purchases. Fare charges between the applicant’s location and agreed point of the meeting also lie with the participants.