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[4/4] Traveling to Ogasawara (小笠原諸島)

Part four of our journey from Tokyo to Ogasawara, June 2013.

Ogasawara Islands, also known as the Bonin Islands, became a UNESCO world heritage site in June 2011.  However it remains a difficult place to access as there are no airports and the journey by ferry takes 25.5 hours from Tokyo, in one direction. Should you plan to visit it will require six full days for the shortest round-trip.  If you have more time, I definitely recommend spending more time there as the shortest trip gives you only 72 hours on the islands, which is definitely not enough.

We stayed at Hotel Horizons, one of the many accommodations available on the main island, Chichijima.  During peak seasons, you will need to book as early as possible (max two months) to ensure you get the accommodation of choice.  While the islands also offer a number of activities (diving, dolphin/whale watching, hiking, etc), those should all be reserved in advanced as well. Of course, if you are just there to relax and hang out around the island that would work just as well.

Check out the pictures of Ogasawara below and additional pictures in the subsequent sections.

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[3/4] Traveling to Ogasawara (小笠原諸島)

Part three of our journey from Tokyo to Ogasawara, June 2013.

Ogasawara Islands, also known as the Bonin Islands, became a UNESCO world heritage site in June 2011.  However it remains a difficult place to access as there are no airports and the journey by ferry takes 25.5 hours from Tokyo, in one direction. Should you plan to visit it will require six full days for the shortest round-trip.  If you have more time, I definitely recommend spending more time there as the shortest trip gives you only 72 hours on the islands, which is definitely not enough.

We stayed at Hotel Horizons, one of the many accommodations available on the main island, Chichijima.  During peak seasons, you will need to book as early as possible (max two months) to ensure you get the accommodation of choice.  While the islands also offer a number of activities (diving, dolphin/whale watching, hiking, etc), those should all be reserved in advanced as well. Of course, if you are just there to relax and hang out around the island that would work just as well.

Check out the pictures of Ogasawara below and additional pictures in the subsequent sections.

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[2/4] Traveling to Ogasawara (小笠原諸島)

Part two of our journey from Tokyo to Ogasawara, June 2013.  We started the day with a full Japanese-style breakfast at the hotel. Then we headed down to the pier for the activity we booked.  A day-trip to Hahajima (which is about 50km to the south of Chichijima), along with dolphin watching and a stop off at Minamijima (an uninhabited island) on the way back.  However, on the way back our cruiser had mechanical issues and unfortunately that leg of the trip had to be cancelled. Nonetheless it was a great day with plenty of sun.  Actually it was too much as I ended up sunburned after that.

We finished our evening with dinner back at the hotel.  The menu was local Ogasawara cuisine featuring zuke-salmon and turtle dishes. Not only was there turtle innards stew, there was kame-sashi (turtle sashimi), both pictured below. It sounds a bit exotic but the stew tasted similar to other beef stews and the sashi just tasted like other types of fishi sashimi.

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[1/4] Traveling to Ogasawara (小笠原諸島)

Part one of our journey from Tokyo to Ogasawara, June 2013.

Ogasawara Islands, also known as the Bonin Islands, became a UNESCO world heritage site in June 2011.  However it remains a difficult place to access as there are no airports and the journey by ferry takes 25.5 hours from Tokyo, in one direction. Should you plan to visit it will require six full days for the shortest round-trip.  If you have more time, I definitely recommend spending more time there as the shortest trip gives you only 72 hours on the islands, which is definitely not enough.

We stayed at Hotel Horizons, one of the many accommodations available on the main island, Chichijima.  During peak seasons, you will need to book as early as possible (max two months) to ensure you get the accommodation of choice.  While the islands also offer a number of activities (diving, dolphin/whale watching, hiking, etc), those should all be reserved in advanced as well. Of course, if you are just there to relax and hang out around the island that would work just as well.

Check out the pictures of Ogasawara below and additional pictures in the subsequent sections.

Continue to Traveling to Ogasawara (小笠原諸島) – Part 2

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