Izu Islands, a Popular Tourist Attraction in Japan

Each island in the archipelago has a unique character. Oshima is famous for the active volcanoes of Mount Mihara and Camelia, Hachijojima, a former colony, Mikurajima where dolphins and Niijima have many beaches.

IPHEDIA.com - Izu Islands is one popular tourist attractions in Japan that offers a diverse and beautiful natural charm. These islands are a volcanic group of islands stretching south and east of the Izu Peninsula in Honshu, Japan.

Administratively, in the Izu Islands there are two cities and six villages, all of which are part of Tokyo Prefecture. The largest island is named Izu Oshima, usually called simply Oshima.

Oshima is located about 100 kilometers south of the capital. Getting to the island takes about an hour by car and is a popular tourist destination, especially for those in Tokyo who are looking for a short vacation.

Beaches on the north and west of Oshima Island are places for snorkeling, sunbathing and other beach activities during the summer. Oshima is also known as Camellia, which can be seen almost everywhere from around January to March.

On Izu Oshima, there is 758 meters of Mt. Mihara, an active volcano from several interesting sites and a number of hot springs on the island.

Mount Mihara is a volcano that erupts frequently, most recently in 1990. A large eruption in 1986 saw a spectacular explosion, with lava overflowing from the peak caldera to the northwestern slopes of the mountain, resulting in the evacuation of more than ten thousand inhabitants.

Today, visitors can climb mountains and see caldera up close, and learn more about volcanoes at the Volcano Museum.

In the Izu Islands, although usually called "the Seven Islands of Izu" or Izu Shichito in Japanese, there are actually more than a dozen islands in the archipelago. Nine of them are currently inhabited.

Inhabited islands, seven islands are traditionally called Izu Shichito. Besides Oshima, other islands including the Seven Izu Islands, namely Toshima, Niijima, Kozujima, Miyakejima, Hachijojima, and Mikurajima, although Shikinejima and Aogashima are sometimes also included in the designation.

Each island in the archipelago has a unique character. Oshima is famous for the active volcanoes of Mount Mihara and Camelia, Hachijojima, a former colony, Mikurajima where dolphins and Niijima have many beaches.

Then, Kozujima is known for its white sandy beaches, Hachijojima which preserves its unique culture, and Miyakejima with its volcanic eruption in 2001. For those of you who love nature and adventure, you will definitely enjoy visiting Izu Islands. (as/ip)

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