Izu Oshima is the largest of the Izu Islands, a group of volcanic islands under the administration of Tokyo, close in proximity to the Izu Peninsula. The island is popular as a tourist destination because of its short instance from Tokyo, just about 100 kilometers south of the capital, and many attractions.
Attractions about Volcanoes
Izu Oshima Museum of Volcanoes
The thermal activity occurring underground Oshima produces a few hot springs. The thermal waters can be enjoyed at some public baths and ryokan the latter of which open their baths also to non-staying guests during the day for typically 500 to 1000 yen. Below are two of the baths accessible to daytime visitors:
Motomachi Hama no Yu
Perhaps nowhere else in Japan can so many Camellia (Tsubaki) plants of different varieties be found at a single location than on Oshima. The plants’ flowering periods differ by variety, but many are in bloom from January through March across the island, especially in February. A festival is held from around late January to late March. The best place to view camellia is Oshima Park which showcases thousands of camellia plants of around 450 varieties. Oil extracts from tsubaki seeds are used in popular hair and skin products that have become famous nationwide under the Oshima Tsubaki brand.
At the southern end of the island lies Habu Port (Habu Minato), surrounding an inlet which used to be a crater lake until a tsunami connected it to the sea in 1703. The area around the fishing port has a laid back atmosphere which has inspired the creation of many artistic works in the past such as the song “Habu no Minato”. Some sites of interest in the vicinity of the port are:
Odoriko no Sato Museum
Habu Port Observation Deck
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