Izu Oshima Is the Quiet Day Trip You Need to Add to Your Tokyo Itinerary

Mother Nature at her best.

While a lot of tourists like going to
Tokyo, there are many other areas near it that are also worth exploring. One of them is Izu Oshima, the largest of the Izu Islands in the Pacific Ocean, just one hour and 45 minutes away from central Tokyo by high-speed ferry.

Tokyo Municipal Oshima Park's zoo has no entrance fee and is built on a hillside overlooking the sea.

The adventure starts when you arrive at Oshima pier. From there, take a bus to Tokyo Municipal Oshima Park, where you can find a zoo. What's interesting about the zoo is that it makes uses of its natural environment, such as a lava field, to make a home for the animals. 

Tokyo Municipal Oshima Park is located at 2 Fukushige, Isumizu, Oshima Town, Tokyo. Contact them at +081-049-922-9111. 

The black desert is about 10 minutes by foot from the park gate, its sands stretching out as far as the eye could see.

Next, you should go to Ura-sabaku, a nice quiet spot for hiking. The black desert on the foothills of Mt. Mihara provides a grand backdrop for your IG photos. If you lie on the ground, you might even feel the energy of the earth pulsing along with your heart beat. 

After visiting Ura-sabaku, drop by Senzu no Kiritoshi, where you can find a giant rock  covered with moss. With big roots and even bigger trees trailing over the rocks, it's easy to feel like you're about to step into a Studio Ghibli world.

The beach of Noda Hama faces the Izu Peninsula beyond the sea. You'll never get tired of looking out at the blue water shimmering in the sun.

To end the trip on a perfect note, go on a bicycle ride along the coast using one of the rental bikes in the neighborhood. After a light workout, drop your bike off and head into Buratto House, a direct sales store for agricultural products from a local farm to savor a gelato (¥220) made from locally sourced products.

Buratto House is located at Shinkai, Okada, Oshima Town, Tokyo. Contact them at +081-049-922-9233.

Provided by Japan Walker™ and Tokyo Walker™ ( 31 October 2017)

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