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Hachijōjima (八丈島) is an island in Tokyo prefecture, some 300 kilometers south of Tokyo with 8,000 residents. Its dialect is on the list of UNESCO endangered languages.

Get in[edit]

"Mt.Hachijo Fuji" and island "Hachijo kojima"

By ferry[edit]

Tokaikisen [1] operates a daily overnight ferry from Tokyo's Takeshiba pier, near the Daimon metro station. Leaving Tokyo at 22.30, and arriving at 9.30 - prices vary seasonally but expect to pay around ¥9000 for a reclining seat.

By plane[edit]

ANA (All Nippon Airways)[2] flies between Haneda airport in Tokyo and Hachijōjima up to four times a day. Prices vary seasonally, but expect to pay around ¥25-30,000 return. You can get around this by booking on the english version of the Japanese site. From this you will have access to the lowest fares.

Get around[edit]

Most accommodations have bikes for hire, and there are several rent-a-car agencies on the island. Public bus has very infrequent service, as few as 2-3 times daily in some areas. "BUSPA" is a 2-day pass for public bus and onsen. There are some taxies. Fuji hire phone=04996-2-0416 has drivers who speak good English.

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Do[edit][add listing]

Hunt for for glow in the dark mushrooms, diving, snorkeling, and trekking to secret waterfalls in the mountains.

  • Sea Dive, 1309-13 Mitsune (next to the Anchor pub), 04996-2-5840, [3]. Is a good outfit, with a friendly staff, recommended by the guys at the Anchor pub. Little English is spoken, but they seem pretty acquainted dealing with foreign tourists.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Ashitaba items: Ashitaba tea, Ashitaba cockies, Ashitaba powder, etc. It is a healthy plant found everywhere on the island.
  • kusaya: fermented dried fish with very strong smell and taste.
  • Passion fruit juice: highly recommended. Very thick and authentic.
  • Tropical fruits jam: passion fruits, hibiscus, mixed, etc.
  • Kihachijo: local rocade dyed with natural plants. Accredited as a traditional craft. This waven silk used to be sent as "tax" during Edo period.

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Fish: fresh fish guaranteed all year around.

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  • The Anchor Pub, 1309-13 Mitsune (no longer in operation), 04996-2-1168, [4]. Cozy and laid back atmosphere, run by a friendly Australian-Japanese couple, who are both helpful, and very knowledgeable and about the island. Also serves up some classic pub foods, if fish and rice has started getting on your nerves.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Sokodo-So (そこど荘), 100-1522 Mitsune (Just behind the anchor pub), 04996-2-0092 (, fax: 04996-2-0925), [5]. checkin: 11:00; checkout: 10:00. Very nice place, with a pleasant atmosphere, and traditional style tatami rooms. The Friendly owners also rent out bikes as well as diving and snorkeling equipment. Singles from ¥6000.  edit


The island is covered by major mobile networks, including docomo, au and softbank. Some areas have weak connection. TV channels are the same ones as in Tokyo. Free public wifi is very limited, but found at the Tourist Information Office [6] in Okago.

Get out[edit]

  • Aogashima: 2.5 hours by boat. Daily service during weekdays, but subject to weather.
  • Miyakejima: 4 hours by boat. Stop-by on the way from Tokyo.
  • Mikurajima: 3 hours by boat. Famous for dolphine tours and eco-tourism. Overnight trips only.

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