We Just Found the Real-Life Laputa Island in Tokyo Bay

Studio Ghibli fans, you have to see it with your own eyes.

Fans of the 1986 Studio Ghibli animated film Castle in the Sky will find themselves in awe as soon as they set foot on Sarushima. The former fortress, also called Laputa Island because of its brick tunnels and moss-covered walls, is the only uninhabited island in Tokyo Bay.

The enchanting island, which is fast becoming a favorite among locals, also has an observation square with a view of Yokosuka Square and Tokyo Bay. The former is the perfect place to catch your breath, hold a picnic, or sample the island’s own drinks: the Mujintou Sarushima Beer and Blue Sarushima.

The latter is great for fishing and hosting a BBQ. During the summer, there are lifeguards stationed by the beach, so it’ll be safe for kids to take a dip. There are also changing rooms and shower rooms conveniently located in the area.

Sarushima is only a 10-minute ferry ride from Mikasa Park Pier in the Kanagawa Prefecture. Enjoy the trip and check out the clear seawater. Since it is an uninhabited island, the water is amazingly crystal clear compared to other areas in Tokyo bay.

Our tip: Before going on the ferry ride, try the Navy Burger. Its extra thick and juicy patty is the perfect complement to the shop’s original BBQ sauce, and comes with French fries on the side.

Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, Tokyo Walker™ (20 August 2017)

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