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Sightseeing on Oshima Island

January to March - Izu Oshima Tsubaki (Camellia) Festival

The Izu Oshima Tsubaki Festival is a great island event inspired by the camellia for which Izu Oshima is known. Tsubaki Plaza, the main venue of the festival, features stalls that offer Oshima Island specialty products and local entertainment on the main stage. There is a camellia garden in Oshima Park, adjacent to Tsubaki Plaza. Some 3,200 varieties of camellia are in full bloom during the event, including the rare kinkacha camellia, famous for its yellow petals. Various other events are held across the island, including parades, cloth dyeing that uses camellia-based dyes, a beauty pageant, and a camellia exhibition. Many tourists visit the festival every year.

Tsubaki (Camellia) Festival

August - Izu Oshima Summer Festival

This summer festival is held at Motomachi Nakadori, the main street of Izu Oshima. This festival is held over two days, and there are many events such as concerts and street performances. The highlight is the fireworks show on the first day. The fast-paced fireworks ‘dye’ the sea with vibrant colors to the delight of the 10,000+ visitors in the audience. Over 1,000 fireworks ‘drench’ spectators with spectacular lights and sounds throughout the harbor.


Mt. Mihara: A Mountain Revered as Goshinka (a Fire of the Gods)

Mt. Mihara, at an altitude of 758 meters (2487 feet), is located in the center of Izu Oshima. This small volcano located in the caldera of the mountaintop was created by the Anei eruption in 1777. Mt. Mihara is famous even among the many active volcanoes in Japan, because of its active basaltic magma. The mountain's relatively large-scale eruptions occur roughly once every 35 years, and have gradually changed the shape of the mountain. Since the last eruption in 1986, Mt. Mihara has been quiet, which allows visitors to enjoy a stunning view of the crater from a relatively close distance. Blessed with great weather, the summit overlooks splendid seasonal landscapes and affords a view that stretches all the way to Mt. Fuji.
Access: Take the bus to Mihara Sanchoguchi, and walk to the mountain top.

Mihara Sanchoguchi

Great section of tephra layers

On the southwest side of Oshima Island, there are landscapes indispensable for understanding the volcanic history of Izu Oshima. It is a " great section of tephra layers" along the island circumference road from Motomachi port to Habu port. Scoria (volcanic ash-based descending sediments) which fell in one large eruption of about 100 to 150 years are stacked and form a beautiful striped pattern. One section is as high as 30 meters (98 feet) and runs about 800 meters (0.5 miles) long. It is popularly known as "Baumkuchen" locally. You can also see the lava flowing into the lower valley. Just get off at the nearest bus stop "Chiso Setsudanmen (Section of temphra layers) "

The Great Strata Cross-Section

Sunset Palm Line

This pleasant coastal road stretches from Motomachi Port to Nodahama in the northwest of Izu Oshima. The long road has no traffic lights, and is therefore ideal for cycling, walking, and jogging. It is a particularly good place to ride a bicycle; the road was even used as the road race venue of the 2016 Asian Cycling Championships. Along the road, there are hot springs and spa facilities, such as Gojinka Onsen and Motomachi Hamanoyu. Further from the hot springs area, you'll find Buratto House, a farmers' market operated by the local agricultural cooperative. From the Sunset Palm Line, breathtaking views can be seen in every direction: Mt. Fuji to the north, Izu Peninsula to the west, and Toshima Island, Niijima Island, Shikinejima Island, and Kozushima Island across the water to the south.
Access: A one-minute walk from the Nodahama Kaisuiyokujo bus stop

Sunset Palm Line

Hot Springs (Motomachi Hamanoyu and Gojinka Onsen)

Izu Oshima is an active volcanic island, with an abundance of welling hot springs. The natural hot water baths afford an extraordinary experience that allows visitors to soothe their bodies and minds in a relaxing atmosphere while taking in the island's magnificent natural beauty. The outdoor seafront baths of Motomachi Hamanoyu's public hot springs are used by both male and female visitors, so bathing suits are required. Island Center Gojinka Onsen features a bath with massaging jets, waterfall shower, sauna, and a swimming pool. Set against the backdrop of the magnificent Mt. Mihara, the Miharayama Onsen - Oshima Onsen Hotel's outdoor baths use fresh hot spring water over which a starlit sky hangs at night.

Motomachi Hamanoyu

Camellia Oil

The camellia is essential for the residents of Izu Oshima. People on Izu Oshima have always valued the camellia. The affluent lifestyle that the camellia offers was nurtured by the experience and wisdom of the island ancestors. More than 80% of the ingredients in camellia oil are made of a fatty acid called oleic acid. Forty percent of human skin is composed of oleic acid, which is also the active ingredient in camellia oil. It is therefore believed that camellia oil is very good for human hair and skin. In addition, it is effective for lowering LDL cholesterol, a cause of arteriosclerosis. This makes Camellia oil a prominent health food.

Camellia Oil

Oshima Milk

Long ago, dairy farming was popular on Izu Oshima. More than 1,200 cattle were bred when milk production on the island was at its peak in 1926. At the time, Izu Oshima was nicknamed “Holstein Island.” The main reasons for this were the climate of Izu Oshima, which is suitable for the breeding of Holsteins (a type of dairy cow), and the local grasses, such as ashitaba, sedges, and hachijo susuki, which grow throughout the year, and are favored grasses for cattle grazing. Oshima milk and Oshima butter, made from the milk of the island's dairy cows, are still well known as specialty products of Izu Oshima.

Oshima Milk

Japanese Spiny Lobster

Japanese people have enjoyed spiny lobster for centuries. It is even mentioned in the writings of the Heian Period, where it was called “giant prawn.” Izu Oshima has many rocky reefs formed from lava, which are topographically ideal habitats for Japanese spiny lobster. Their armor-like hard shells, long beard-like barbs, and rounded back make it a symbol of long life. When cooked, Japanese spiny lobster become a vivid red color, which brightens up banquets. They are also considered lucky and have been a beloved luxury food for ages. They are a delicious ingredient of any number of recipes, such as sashimi, which allows visitors to enjoy the supple textures of the meat which seems to cling to the tongue. Japanese spiny lobster can also be boiled or grilled.
(C)Oshima Navi

Japanese Spiny Lobster

“Minato Zushi”, where you can enjoy local cuisine with Bekko sushi

"Minato Zushi" is a stately restraint whose design is reminiscent of a samurai residence. Sushi using local fish is recommended. Among them, please enjoy "Bekko Sushi" which uses local cuisine "Bekko" of Izu Islands. "Bekko" is seasonal white fish with chili sauce. The spice brings out the taste of the fish. "Local fish sushi" is also a dish that in which you can enjoy the local flavors. Just get off at the "Habu port" bus stop.

Bekko Sushi

Oshima Milk's Bratto House – Just a Step Away from the Ranch

Izu Oshima, where dairy farming used to be very popular, was once nicknamed “Holstein Island.” Still a specialty of Izu Oshima, the island's milk is produced from cattle that graze on grasses that grow in the ocean breeze.
Bratto House is adjacent to a ranch operated by the town and is located to the north of Oshima Airport in the northern part of Izu Oshima. Bratto House sells milk, butter, eggs, and other products produced on Oshima. The delicious ice cream, which uses fresh Oshima milk, has a mild and rich taste and it is definitely very popular. The shop offers a wide selection of ice cream.
Access: Located 10 minutes from Motomachi Port by car

Bratto House

Diving in the Deep Blue Ocean

From beginners to experienced divers, anyone can be captivated by the schools of tropical fish, white sand, arches, drop-offs, and other marine wonders, around Izu Oshima. The unique topography created by the volcano extends offshore from Izu Oshima, which makes the highly transparent water a treasure trove of abundant nature. At a depth of 25 meters (82 feet) and deeper, Oshima's waters are blue. This is where visitors will encounter cute Clark's anemonefish, large sea turtles, dynamic topography, and underwater arches created by volcanic activity, as well as huge schools of fish swimming in this pristine area. You might also encounter pelagic thresher sharks and hammerhead sharks.
(C)Oshima Diving Liaison Council


Izu Oshima - a Paradise for Cyclists

Izu Oshima offers dynamic cycling on a ring road with elevation differences of 400 to 500 meters (1,200 to 1,650 feet). Visitors will love the view of this dynamic landscape sculpted by nature. In 2016, international and domestic road race competitions were held here, pitting first-class athletes against each other in fierce battles. Camping on Izu Oshima is also a wonderful experience. Toshiki campsite, on the southern part of Izu Oshima, has great spots for snorkeling, with natural tide pools on the surrounding shores. Furusato Village is a campsite by the sea where visitors can fully enjoy the complete facilities and the nature of Izu Oshima.



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