Ogasawara Islands is located off the coast of Japan in the Pacific Ocean. The only way here is to take a 24-hour ferry ride straight from Tokyo to visit this beautiful tropical paradise with clear waters that are a vivid blue.
Over 30 islands make up the Ogasawara Islands and is home to 140 types of plants and animals. Never having been connected to a continent, many of the plants and animals are unique from anywhere else in the world. Formed by an underwater volcano, these islands consist of beautiful cliffs and forests that make for stunning scenery.
There are a variety of outdoor activities for visitors to do, from hiking to whale watching to diving.
Whale watching is a favorite activity of many visitors to the Ogasawara Islands. Between January and April, you will probably be able to see and listen to humpback whales. If you want to see sperm whales, then you should visit between May and November. There are many great companies on the islands that give whale tours.
Sea kayaking is another fun activity to do on the islands. There are many beaches that can only be discovered and accessed by kayak, so visitors can find their own private beach along the way to swim at. The water is so clear that fish and coral are easily visible through the waters when kayaking, making for a fun journey. Kayak rental is available, along with kayak tours.
Swimming is one of the activities that most everyone is likely to do when on the islands. There are plenty of great beaches and coves to swim out of. John Beach has brilliant white sand, which can be reached by a two hour walk one way from Kominato-kaigan.
There are forests to hike through with beautiful sights to see on the islands. Along the hike, the seas will be visible through the trees, along with the drop-offs from cliffs. Beaches and gardens can be found on the hikes, along with interesting plants, birds, and other animals.
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