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Sightseeing on Mikurajima Island

January 22th to 25th, Kinohi-no Myojin

The legend of Myojin is handed down in Mikurashima island. On January 20, Myojin wearing red clothes and iron clogs landed in Gozenshima island, goes down from Inane-jinjya Shrine main hall via the way of God to the village and wanders around the town on the evening of the 24th. This day is “Ki-no-hi”-black letter days. The Islanders will eat fried rice cake for dinner this day and will stay in the house after 12 o'clock to avoid meeting Myojin. Myojin leaves from Daikongahama beach by early morning on the 25th and heads to Kozushima island (Kashiwajima island). It is said that you should not see the ocean on this day.


Annual Festival Held at Inane-jinja Shrine on the First Saturday and Sunday in August

People visit the main building of the shrine on the first Saturday in August. They gather in front of the hall of worship in the village at 6:00 in the morning, and visit the main building located on the opposite side of the island. On Sunday, the next day, they perform Shinto rituals and carry portable shrines (mikoshi) around the village. Because everyone in the community is preparing for the festival, many recreational activities and facilities, such as dolphin watching tours and guesthouses, are often closed that weekend. If you visit Mikurashima Island during the festival weekend, you should be prepared with a monetary offering to the shrine. Offerings are to be presented to the shrine office before the festivities begin. The carrying of the mikoshi starts around 10:30 in the morning, and continues until around 5 to 6 p.m.

Annual Festival

Tanteiro Forest

Due to the Mikurashima Nature Conservation Ordinance enacted in 2004, there are many cases where accompanying nature protection guides is necessary for walking in the forest. Among them, Tanteiro forest is open as a forest where you can walk without a guide. You can enjoy a mountain stream and wild birds on the way of hundreds of meters. It is a recommended spot for light-hearted bird watching. It is around 15 minutes on foot from the back entrance the village office in Mikurashima island.

Tanteiro Forest


Miyogaike is a pond that most likely originated as either a caldera lake produced during an eruption a few thousand years ago, or a dammed lake produced when a valley was blocked as the result of an eruption. However, because there has been no eruption on Mikurashima Island for nearly seven thousand years, it is unclear exactly when Miyogaike was created. Miyogaike has been selected as one of the One Hundred Views of New Tokyo. The largest natural Japanese box tree is located to the left of the mountain trail near Miyogaike. Visitors to Miyogaike must be accompanied by a guide.
Access: The entrance to the Miyogaike trail is about 30 minutes by car from the village of Mikurashima Island. From the trail entrance, it is about a 30 minute walk to the pond.


Kurosaki-takao Observatory

The sea cliff at Kurosaki Takao is said to be the most beautiful cliff in Asia. It is 480 meters high, making it the highest cliff in Japan. The observation deck above the steep cliff offers a breathtaking panoramic view. Tall trees such as the Oshima zakura (Prunus speciose) and the Itajii chinquapin (Castanopsis sieboldii) grow on the upland where the observation deck is located, and bushes such as Viburnum brachyandrum and camellias grow along the mountain trail. Arisaema urashima and Arisaema negishii makino can be found in the spring. You can enjoy these natural features from the trail, which takes about two hours to complete. The distance from the village of Mikurashima Island to the entrance of the Kurosaki Takao observation deck is about 5 kilometers. You can visit this hiking trail without a guide.
Access: About 15 minutes on foot from Ebine Park

Kurosaki-takao Observatory

The Summit of Mt. Oyama

The summit of Mt. Oyama, located 850 meters above sea level, consists of a series of slightly elevated peaks, which indicate that the area used to be a lava dome. Both sides of the summit are marked by steep cliffs. Hikers can enjoy a beautiful view, completely surrounded by the ocean. To reach the summit, hikers enter from the entrance of Mt. Nagataki and pass through Iwaogahara. The trail then leads along a narrow forest path alongside Ichinomori, and up a long, steep flight of stairs leading to the left for about ten minutes. Hikers should bring an extra outer layer of clothing, because it is windy and cold on the summit. Visitors to Mt. Oyama must be accompanied by a guide.
Access: About 55 minutes on foot from the entrance of Mt. Nagataki

The Summit of Mt. Oyama

Famous water, Mikurahama’s Source Water

Mikurahama's source water is one of the most famous waters of the Izu Islands. Buxus microphylla and Castanopsis sieboldii forest stand together in large numbers, the forest stores plenty of water, and there is clear water flowing from here and there. Some people in Mikurahama island say that water bottles are unnecessary when entering the forest. Its taste is guaranteed, it is exceptionally delicious as a drinking water as well as water to cook and coffee. If you want to experience that feeling in Tokyo, please go to Takeshiba pier. At the souvenir department, you can drink coffee extracted with Mikura's source water.

Spring Water of Mikura

Traditional meal of Mikurahama island-Hengo

Hengo is a plant of the family Taroacea; the common name is “Shimatennanshou.” It is a common way to eat boiled roots, ground, dumped and covered with soy flour. Be careful as you eat raw and paralyze your mouth. Hengo is a well-known existence as there is a phrase "Hengo-dango and Sula leucogaster" in Mikurahama island. There is a day of "Kuchiake," and it is supposed to be collected at a fixed time. Eating from April to May is ready.


Minminan, a Local Seafood Restaurant

Minminan offers various tasty dishes, such as sashimi made with shellfish caught that same morning, grilled fish, and kara-age (Japanese style fried chicken). Other popular options include homestyle curry and rice, and tokoroten, a traditional dessert made with freshly collected agar that is available only in the summer. The restaurant also includes a gift shop that sells treats made with ashitaba (Angelica keiske), a leafy vegetable for which Mikurashima Island is well known. These treats include horoku-yaki, a type of traditional pancakes, and dolphin-shaped cookies, both containing ashitaba. The horoku-yaki and cookies are convenient snacks for hikers who become hungry while in the forests
Access: About 10 minutes on foot from Mikurajima Port


Camburi, an Izakaya Where You Can Enjoy Local Sashimi and Shochu

Camburi is an izakaya (a Japanese-style pub) located in an area called Camburi on Mikurajima Island. Camburi offers a surprisingly wide variety of shochu (distilled liquor) and local cocktails of the Izu Islands. Guests can enjoy the delicacies of the island along with distilled liquors, cocktails, and sake. A variety of soft drinks are also available for those who do not drink alcohol. Because guests can either drink at the bar, which is made from a single slab of Japanese cypress (hinoki), or sit at a table with friends or family, this izakaya is ideal for individuals and groups of all ages.
Access: About 10 minutes on foot from Mikurajima Port


Dolphin Swims and Dolphin Watching

Mikurashima Island is famous for its wild dolphins. Visitors can enjoy the rare and valuable experience of swimming with a school of dolphins in the ocean. Approximately a hundred dolphins live around Mikurashima Island. Visitors can observe them from boats and from the shore. The dolphins who live around Mikurashima Island remain in this area. They are not afraid of humans, which is rare. Hotels and guesthouses on the island often host regular visitors who are huge fans of the dolphins and visit the island every month.


Various Hiking Trails, from mountains, from the sea

There are many hiking trails in Mikurahama island. If you want to enjoy the view, mountain course (Mt. Nagatakisan, Otome Pass, Suzuhara) which extends in three directions from Mt. Miyama which is a symbol of the island is recommended. The course gets off the coastal village road to the seaside (Nango, Miyogaike pond, Inane - jinjya Shrine, Akasawa river, Borosawa river), you can feel plenty of rich forest nature. The famous course is the Nagato course to visit Castanopsis sieboldii forest, a big tree with a trunk around 14 meters(46 feet). You can join each of the mountain and forest courses in the morning and afternoon. With few exceptions, the mountain of Mikurahama island requires accompanying guides with most directions.

Hiking Trails


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