11 Islands of Japan to travel and discover

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Japan is an archipelago with more than 6,852 islands. There are thousands of interesting islands that tourists need to visit, thinking about this we wrote this article with 11 Japanese islands for you to visit in Japan.

Aogashima - The island of the volcano

The most interesting thing is that this island is a volcano within another volcano. Aogashima Island is located south of the Izu Islands, about 358 kilometers south of Tokyo. Its size is only 6 square kilometers and only 165 people reside on the island.

Despite its size, there you will find hotels, hostels and a camping site for visitors. Meals and food will not be missed on this deserted and beautiful island that was the inspiration for the film Kimi no na Wa.

Aogashima - volcano island
Aogashima by kirakuossa.exblog.jp

Visitors can take a plane from Haneda Airport (50 minutes) or a ferry at night to Hachijoujima and then a helicopter or a boat to the island. See a video below showing a little of the island:

Okunoshima - Rabbits Island

Okunoshima is a famous island in Hiroshima prefecture. A famous island full of rabbits scattered throughout the island, where we can feed and pet them. If you want to know more read our article on Okunoshima the island of rabbits.

It is believed that 8 rabbits imprisoned for experiments on the island were released in 1971 and multiplied. According to reports, there are more than 1000 rabbits spread freely around the island.

Okunoshima - Rabbit Island
Okunoshima - Island of the Rabbits

Despite a peaceful image of adorable rabbits jumping around the island, it has a very dark history. In 1929, a factory was built for the manufacture of chemical weapons and continued to produce chemical weapons until World War II.

Rabbits were the guinea pigs, visiting the site you can also see several buildings and things that recall the history of the time, including a small museum with a miniature of the island.

Gunkanjima (Hashima) - Abandoned island

Gunkanjima (hashima) - abandoned island

The island of Hashima is known as Gunkanjima which means battle island and is located outside of Nagasaki. She became famous around the world when she made an appearance in the James Bond film Skyfall in the year 2012.

In 1886, a submarine coal mine was built there and was closed in 1974, the miners and their families lived on the island. They abandoned leaving everything behind, houses, buildings and schools. Since 2009, tours have been organized by several companies.

Shikinejima - A tropical island

Shikinejima - a tropical island

It is hard to believe that there is a tropical island just two and a half hours away from Tokyo. Visitors can hike, camp, dive, swim, sunbathe or enjoy the natural thermal waters on Shikinejima Island, without having to go to other distant places like Okinawa.

We also recommend reading our article that talks about the Best beaches from Japan.

Tashirojima - Cat Island

Tashirojima - island of cats

Tashirojima is a small island in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, in the Pacific Ocean. This island was also known as the island of cats. With only 100 residents on the island, there are more cats than humans.

Dogs are seen as an enemy and are prohibited from living or visiting the island unless they are a service dog. There are other islands of cats scattered throughout Japan. Only in Japan do we find an island of cats, rabbits, deer and foxes.

We have already written an Article about the island of cats, read by clicking here.

Itsukushima and Miyajima Island

Itsukushima and Miyajima Ilhan
Itsukushima and Miyajima Ilhan

 The island of Itsukushima, which is also known as Miyajima, is located in Hatsukaichi and is considered a beautiful tourist destination. Itsukushima means where god resides, this island is famous for its giant torii (portal) floating and a Buddhist temple.

There are also other attractions on the island, such as trails, deer and monkeys walking freely, souvenir shops, restaurants, matcha ice cream and some temples and sanctuaries.

The island is located in the Sea Japan's interior called Seto Naikai [瀬戸内海], being a great destination especially in summer with its beaches surrounding the Torii. On the island you can also find hot Springs and many species of exotic birds and plants.

It's worth spending the whole day on the island, which has many other attractions in addition to shrines and temples. On the island you find an aquarium, deer that roam around the island like the city of Nara. Not to mention the souvenir shops and restaurants.

You can reach Itsukushima Island by a train (train) that takes 30 minutes and a ferry (cable car) that takes 10 minutes from the city of Hiroshima which is only 10 kilometers from the island. The highest point in Miyajima is Mount Misen, 530 meters high. 

Yes, it is normal for islands in Japan to end up receiving more than one name. Miyajima is the name of the city that is located on the island of Itsukushima, but both are usually called by the same name.

There are thousands of Shinto shrines in Japan, but Itsukushima Shrine is recognized as one of the most beautiful and well-preserved, with the best example of traditional architecture and artistic technique, along with an extraordinary landscape.

11 islands of japan to travel and discover
Itsukushima and Miyajima Ilhan

Miyajima Temple and Torii

When being built on the bay, it gives the impression that the sanctuary is floating on water during high tide. It is a beautiful example of architecture from the Heian period. During low tide, it is possible to walk to the famous torii gate.

The temple was initially built in the 6th century and improved in the years 1168. The great Torii of Itsukushima is part of a Shinto shrine that was also built on water. It has been considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996.

Some consider that Itsukushima Shrine was founded in 593, but its existence was only confirmed from 811. During the Heian Period (794-1185) it was called the “Shrine of the country of Aki” dedicated to the Shinto gods of the sea Ichikishima, Tagori and Tagitsu.

The temple and torii suffered some fires and were rebuilt a few times. The last renovations date back to 1875, but some parts date back to 1200. In addition to the sanctuary on the beach, another prominent place is the Buddhist temple on the summit of Mount Misen.

It is good to plan to visit the island when the local tide is high. This gives the impression that the sanctuary is floating on water !! It is good to visit the island in the middle of the week, as on weekends it can be quite crowded. 

There is no way to describe this island very well. We only recommend it as one of the tourist spots for anyone visiting Hiroshima. I hope you enjoyed the article. If you liked it, leave your comments and share with friends.

Tomogashima - 2nd World War Island

Tomogashima - 2nd world war island
Tomogashima by minkara.carview.co.jp

Tomogashima was used as a fortress until the end of World War II and public access was strictly prohibited. It is now part of Setonaikai National Park and people can visit to camp and hike.

Odaiba - The famous artificial island of Tokyo

Odaiba is a very famous artificial island in the bay of Tokyo, there you will find some museums, shopping malls, a giant figurine of a robot, a famous onsen, a digital museum and many important places.

Odaiba is one of the most interesting and tourist spots in Tokyo. There are several complete commercials, gamecenters, a beautiful square for walking. If you want to read more about this great island, read our article on Odaiba.

Odaiba - the famous artificial island of tokyo


Tsunoshima [角島)] is an island located in Yamaguchi province. The name Tsunoshima means Horn Island, for the great cattle breeding and the shape of the island that has 2 horns. On the island you find a grassy hill with a herd.

To access the island you cross a bridge called Ohashi, one of the longest in Japan that crosses a beautiful cobalt blue sea and makes a gentle arc around another island called Hatoshima.

11 islands of japan to travel and discover

On the island you will find a lighthouse, several paradisiacal landscapes, parks, fishing villages, camps, beaches and many other things that attract thousands of tourists every year.

The famous island of enoshima

Enoshima is an island located in Sagami Bay, in Kanagawa Prefecture. The island has great beaches and beautiful views of Mount Fuji. To access you cross a 600 meter bridge.

Enoshima's attractions are found at the top of the hill, where it can be accessed by escalators. On the hill there is a Tropical Botanical Garden and the Enoshima Observation Lighthouse. You can learn more by reading our article on Enoshima Island.

The famous island of enoshima

Aoshima's Little Island in Miyazaki

Aoshima (青島) is a small and beautiful island located south of the beaches of Miyazaki, Japan. The island has an area of 4.4 hectares (10.9 acres) and a height of 6 meters (20 feet).

Aoshima is connected to the mainland by a bridge and is surrounded by white beaches that surround a subtropical jungle in the center of the island. The shallow waters around the island have a geological phenomenon known as Oni no Sentakuita or Devil's Washboard.

Rock formations created by the waves and visible at low tide. These perfectly straight lines appear to be something made by man, but they are natural formations that show the great power of nature.

11 islands of japan to travel and discover

Walk on the beach around the island, approximately 1.5 km walk, and along the way, you will find small stalls selling souvenirs.

In the center of Aoshima Island there is a shrine, and in the middle of the jungle, there is another small shrine that claims to bring luck to couples. In the small sanctuary you can buy clay discs that are thrown at a target for luck.

The island of Aoshima is not to be confused with an island of the same name in Ehime Prefecture, which is known for its cat population. Below we will leave a video of our friend Santana Fonseca, where he shows the beauty of this small island.

These were some of the small and unknown islands in Japan. I hope you enjoyed the article, if you did, don't forget to share and leave your comments.

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