How to get Aogashima island and where to stay

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Very unique shape formed by multiple volcanic activities in the past. Aogashima island Source: Charly W. Karl

You may have heard of Hachijojima island but most of you ( also most of Japanese even) have never heard of Aogashima island near the island.

 

This edition of Onegai Kaeru News introduces about the Aogashima, how to get there and where to stay ( also, how to stay there for free!). << If you are interested in learning about more islands in Japan, you can check our comprehensive Japanese island list here. >>

 

By the way,  in English, it is common to call islands in Japan "Iojima Island, Oshima island" but "Shima" and "Jima" means "island" in Japanese so we dropped these, simple call the islands, Hachijojima, Aogashima.

 

The island is located 358 km away to the south from Tokyo city center. It is still under the Tokyo city government administration but, with its around 160 villagers, is the smallest village in Japan.

The island is one of the mysterious islands with beautiful nature. It is a volcanic island 3.5 km in length with a width of 2.5 km, formed by the remains of several calderas. This makes the island look like a massive Balanomorpha.

 

Nobody knows when exactly people started living on this island. After a volcanic activity in 1785, this island had not been inhabited for almost 500 years.

 

There are one post office and one primary/Jr high school.

 

With only 160 people living, there is only one postal address to this island and the post worker delivers based on "name" of individual. With some people have the same family names...tough job for her/him.

aogashima night view
Great night view on the Aogashima island Source: Gurunavi

When the weather is good, the night sky on the island is just wonderful.

Aogashima Shochu local alcohol (ca 30%) "Aochu"  Source: Gurunavi
Aogashima Shochu local alcohol (ca 30%) "Aochu" There are some restaurants(izakaya) in Tokyo(city area) to serve Aogashima local Shochu. Source: Gurunavi

There is no restaurant, but there are two Japanese bars( Izakaya) on the island. Islanders make a local alcohol Shochu (30%) from sweet potato called "Aochu (あおちゅう)". 

Nature on Aogashima island
Nature on Aogashima island Source: Gurunavi

How to get this island?

 

There is no direct transport from the main island of Japan to Aogashima. You need to go to Hachijojima (which is 70km away from Aogashima) first and then take a helicopter or ship. This is far more difficult than getting Niyodo river ( the clearest river in a hidden town in Kochi).

 

Between Hachijojima and Aogashima:

 

For the Ship

Name of ship: Aogashimamaru (あおがしま丸)

 

Arrival/Departure point in Hachijojima: Shihani port ( 底土港) 7-8 mins by taxi from Hachijojima airport

Arrival/Departure point in Aogashima: Sanpou port (三宝港)

No reservation needed

The fee: possibly changing every month ( 1300JPY one way per person as of June, 2015)

Run one round trip a day

 

NOTE: The ship does NOT run everyday( runs "4 days" in one week and closed on Sunday), you need to ask the ship company to make sure the ship runs (probability to run is 50-60% due to weather etc.)

 

Click here to check the ship calendar (changing every month in Japanese) 

 

Everyday at 07:00AM the decision made weather run or not.

 

Inquiry: +81-4996-9-0033

 

For the ship company: Tokai-kisen



For the Helicopter

Helicopter type: a 9 seat helicopter

Travel duration: 20 minute travel

Flying one round trip a day

 (09:20 AM departure from Hachijojima,  09:40AM arrival to Aogashima,

09:45AM departure from Aogashima, 10:05AM arrival to Hachijojima)

 

Fee:

Adult(12 year old or older) 11,530JPY

Child(11 year old or younger) 8,070JPY

 (as of June, 2015)

 

The website of helicopter company for the latest fee and also credit card payment

 

You MUST reserve a seat ( you can reserve, earliest, one month in advance)

Restriction and extra charge for the language weight/size (230JPY per extra kilo)

 

Be at the departure point 30-50mins before the departure time

For inquiry: +81 4996-2-5200 (08:30-17:00 Open 365 day)

For reservation:  +81 4996-2-5222 (09:00-16:00 Closed on Sunday)

 

Between Hachijojima and Tokyo city center area(main island)

It is around one hour flight from Haneda airport in Tokyo or 11 hour cruise from Takeshiba sanbashi bay in Tokyo to Hachijojima. ( For more details as to Hachijojima ( how to get there and where to stay), refer to our Hachijojima article. )

 

For the flight

ANA

For inquiry/reservation : +81 570-029-222

ANA Website

 

For the ship

Tokai-Kisen

For inquiry/reservation : +81 3-5472-9999

Tokai-Kisen Website

Where to stay?

Based on the Aogashima tourism website( basically showing all available places to stay on the island with the map), there are 5 inns(6 in total but one inn is closed for now as of June, 2015) and 1 camping site.

 

The inn cost starting from 4000JPY per night per person with no meal up to 7500JPY - 9500JPY per night per person with 3 meals( breakfast, lunch and dinner)

 

The cheapest way to stay on Aogashima is to use the camping site. It is free but you need to reserve at least 2 weeks in advance by email/fax (using the fixed form below) and fill in the application form( you find at ship port, heliport, village office) and submit to the village office ( 青ヶ島村役場/Aogashima Yakuba ).

 

At the camping site, you can NOT drink tap water, you need to get the fresh water in front of the village office ( for this, please make sure you bring some empty bottle or container to store the fresh water!). Or...buy the water bottles at some shop on the island or from vending machine near the sauna. 

 

It is a great way to stay but make sure your camping equipment are NOT too big or heavy so that you do not need to pay extra fee to get the island with the ship or helicopter...

 

Important Notice about camping

As of Feb, 2017, we have the important notice from Aogashima village office about camping. 

Beside application at the village office at your arrival, you need to reserve the spot at least 2 week in advance by email or fax to the village office. The longest length of camp stay is one week (no extension allowed)

 

Aogashima camping site reservation form (mandatory)

 

The reservation form should have all the following items.

 

You copy these text and edit necessary information and send it to the below email or print out and fax it at the fax number below.

 

--Reservation form start--

 

1. タイトル Titile: 青ヶ島村キャンプ場利用予約申請 (camping site reservation application)

2. 日付 DATE: X月Y日~Z月A日 (month/day-month/day)

3. 往復の利用交通機関 Transportation: 行き=あおがしま丸 / 帰り=ヘリコプター(購入済み)  ( How you get the island BOTH way. "行き" means "to the island", "帰り" means "from the island". After = you put the means of transportation. If ship, "あおがしま丸" (aogashima maru), if helicopter, "ヘリコプター". If helicopter, you must also confirm if you already bought the ticket. If you did, put "(購入済み)"  )

4. 利用代表者氏名 Name of person in charge: XYZ

5. 利用者人数 No. of the visitors: X

6. 連絡先 Contact Tel: XX-XXXX-YYYY

7. メールアドレス Email: XYZ@ABC.com

 

--Reservation form end--

 

The form should be addressed to the village office on either

Email: kankou@vill.aogashima.tokyo.jp

or

Fax: +81 4996-9-0001

 

After you send the reservation form, please check if you have the confirmation from the village office. Otherwise, you better send it again.

Also the village office may close down the camping site due to the weather (thus, no 100% guarantee even if you reserve it!)

Have a nice trip!

We hope you have now the comprehensive information about Aogashima island how to get there and where to stay.

 

For more beautiful photos of Aogashima, please check the Aogashima village office website( you will see the photos of ship, helicopter as well as the beautiful nature.

If you love to know more islands in Japan, you can check this list of interesting islands in Japan. There are many beautiful islands in the region which are better known than Aogashima. OshimaToshimaNiijimaShikinejimaKozushimaMiyakejimaMikurashimaHachijojima. It may be a good idea to travel from one island to another in the region.

 

(Update: Feb, 2017

Onegai Kaeru team has had contacted Aogashima Village office to ask if boat or helicopter is better than the other to get the island. The office responded "definitely helicopter". The ship is quite often canceled. Even on a clear sunny day if the wave is high, the ship shall be canceled. )

 

 

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Source: Wikipedia, Aogashima village website, Tokaikisen, Tokyo Ailando shuttle, Gurunavi, Charly W. Karl 

 

Disclaimer: Even though we try to make the info as updated and accurate but the accuracy of the information herein is not guaranteed by us. If you have any uncertainty, please contact the information source.

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Comments: 12
  • #1

    nia (Saturday, 23 April 2016 21:05)

    too bad that the helicopter or transportation going to aogashima is so expensive -_-

  • #2

    onegai kaeru team (Saturday, 23 April 2016 21:18)

    Thank you for the comment, Nia.
    Yeah, we know... The cost is also one of the big factors making the travel to the island very difficult. (ToT)

  • #3

    Kuria (Monday, 03 October 2016 14:41)

    I would like to visit there in late October this year. I want to travel to the island by ship and will be bringing my camping gear with me. I am looking to stay for at least two nights.

  • #4

    Annive (Tuesday, 04 October 2016 23:50)

    Aw this is such a great and informative article! I wish their websites had an english language option though :(

  • #5

    michael (Sunday, 27 November 2016 05:57)

    I don't think $100USD is expensive for a twenty min Helo ride.

  • #6

    Suze (Monday, 28 November 2016 14:11)

    I think that's very affordable heli ride! That's like $150 Canadian!

  • #7

    Wataru (Sunday, 18 December 2016 13:18)

    Hi onegai kaeru team

    I'm thinking of going to Aogashima in February 2017.

    Will it be too cold? What's the scenery like then? Also can you walk around the whole island on the hills? That's what I really want to do!!

  • #8

    bob (Friday, 23 December 2016 17:41)

    what a horrible place.

  • #9

    Caro (Tuesday, 21 February 2017 15:04)

    Hey Bob, its a great island!!!

  • #10

    oisee (Saturday, 18 March 2017 23:31)

    Thank you so much for this amazing article! Very useful. I will definitely have to go there soon.
    Thanks to google translate I am able to translate the ship and helicopter schedules in order to plan the trip properly.

  • #11

    Daian (Friday, 28 April 2017 16:13)

    Your article is on Bloomberg news!! Congrats! Onegai Kaeru team!

  • #12

    Patrick (Saturday, 10 June 2017 07:59)

    Can you hire a tour guide??