What is it like to live in an isolated island far from your country's mainland? What's more intriguing, it isn't just an ordinary island. It's an extinct volcano crater that has another volcano within.
Accommodations available in Aogashima are mostly Small Ryokan (Japanese Inns) or Minshuku (Pensions), rooms in the traditional Japanese style of accommodations.
If you are a traveller who wants to visit less-travelled and less-populated places, touring Aogashima island is a perfect way to soul search and experience the real "bliss of solitude."
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You will travel here not to expect much on accomodations, attractions, nightlife and food. Here, you can enjoy volcano-powdered sauna, hike the volcanoes at day, camp at night and watch the stars, know the locals, and completely be one with the dynamic nature.
Aogashima is also known for its salt and shochu (Japan's traditional liquor) that you must also give a try.
You can only reach Aogashima through a ferry or helicopter, and there is no direct transportation from the mainland Japan to Aogashima. From Tokyo, you can take an air travel from Haneda Airport to Hachijo-jima Island.
Another option is to take ferry boat ride (via Takeshiba Terminal). Once in Hachijo-jima, you can transit by a boat called "Kanju Maru", but most of the time, it gets cancelled due to inclement weather and strong ocean currents. The ferry leaves daily except Sundays at 10 AM and costs around ¥2,590.
Although it costs more, it is recommended to take a 20-minute helicopter ride at Tokyo Island Shuttle Helicommuter Service. Take note that reservations are needed prior to travel.
There are no restaurants in Aogashima, so the inns and pensions serve breakfast, lunch and dinner (make sure to include this upon booking). Toiletries such as toothbrush or towels might not be provided, so it's better to include them in your travel pack. You can also bring your own food and goods.
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