Aogashima Island

Aogashima Island satellite viewAogashima is a dinosaur shaped island located in Japan. It is a volcanic atoll in the Philippine Marine. The is nearly 358 kilometres south of Tokyo and 64 kilometres          south of Hachijō-jima. It is the southernmost and most remote engaged island of the Izu archipelago.

How to visit aogashima?
1. Hover from Tokyo to Hachijojima and then take a Chopper . A one way trip will take just a little over 120 minutes and will charge about $240.
2. Economy Class – navigate from Tokyo to Hachijojima and then take a reduced vessel. A single way journey will take 14 hours and will charge  approximately $100.

Is Japan a volcanic island?
Japan is in a volcanic region on the Pacific Loop of Fire. Recurrent short strength earthquakes and irregular volcanic movement are felt throughout the atolls. Destructive earthquakes, often subsequent in bores, occur several times a century.

Aogashima Island map viewAogashima is a lavish, volcanic island.

• Aogashima is an atoll that forms share of Japan’s Izu archipelago in Asia.
• Aogashima is an lively volcano, which last exploded in 1781 to 1785, and a small hollow is contained inside the large caldera of the island.
• ‘Aogashima’ means ‘blue island’ and it covers an area of 8.75 square kilometres (3.38 square miles), and its maximum point, named ‘Otonbu’ is 423 metres (1388 feet) above sea level.
• Aogashima had a population in 2014, of 170, a reduction of 35 since 2009, and it is ruled by, and share of the sub-prefecture Hachijō, of Japan’s capital city, Tokyo.
• Aogashima is only reachable by boat, which can be unsafe, and helicopter, and it houses a live climate camera for boats.
• Aogashima is the home to a post office and a university, which supplies for youngsters to junior high level (up to age 15), and for further schooling, teenagers are mandatory to leave the island, often forever.
• Aogashima holds a cows anniversary yearly in August, and its leading trade is a salt high in calcium called hingya salt.
• During the volcanic activity of the Aogashima volcano in 1781 to 1785, many of the more than 300 inhabitants expired, and others escaped to a adjacent island, Hachijōjima.
• From 1785 to 1834, Aogashima continued mostly unoccupied and was totally isolated for 16 years, until re-settlement by a collection of Japanese in 1835.
• Aogashima’s faunas and floras comprise fish like Kujirayo (guinea grunt); the Japanese timber pigeon; lilliums; persea; various seaweed, as well as other vegetation and wildlife.

Aogashima is a compound Quaternary volcanic island 3.5 km in length with a highest breadth of 2.5 km, molded by the meeting leftovers of at minimum four undersea calderas.
The island is enclosed by very vertical rocky crags of coated volcanic credits. The southern shore also increases to a sharp edge forming one ridge of a caldera named Ikenosawa with a radius of 750 m.


The caldera rules the island, with one end on its southern point, Otonbu with a height of 423metres (1,388 ft), as the island’s maximum range. The caldera is involved by a secondary cone named Maruyama.

Active volcano

The Island is still reflected as Class-C lively volcano by the Japan Atmospheric Agency, the previous eruption of Aogashima was through a four-year period from 1781-1785.


Aogashima IslandThe past of human clearance on Aogashima is indeterminate. Most of the people in Aogashima are Japanese. The island is stated in Edo period histories kept at Hachijo-jima, which record volcanic activity in 1652, and from 1670-1680. In April 1783, magma streams from the Maruyama funnel caused in the removal of all 63 families on the island. During an enormous outbreak in 1785, some 130-140 of the populace of 327 inhabitants perished.
Far from the madding troop, there lies Aogashima, a stunning volcanic island around 358 km south of Tokyo, Japan. This is probably one of the most isolated, unseen and naturally holy island in the Izu archipelago but not many must be aware of the fact that the whole island is nothing but a volcanic crater. Interestingly, there is a smaller volcano in the crater.

The finest portion of the place is it is still unidentified to the biosphere of tourism, which makes Aogashima a faultless destination for loneliness searchers, adventure lovers and for anyone who just loves to explore the unmapped. To cover the entire island, you won’t need more than a night or two days. But it is suggested; you take your time and take things slow.

Aogashima is believed to have formed by the overlapping residues of minimum four submarine calderas (a large volcanic crater). The island comprises the edges of the internal and external hollows and the two are named Ikenosawa (diameter of 1.5 km) and Maruyama, respectively.

The highest point here on the island is Otonbu, which is the peak of the rim of the outer crater. It stands tall at an elevation of 432 m above sea level.At this time, tourists and trekkers can adore some breathtaking panoramic sights of the volcano set in the Pacific Ocean.

Aogashima Island
Milky way view from Aogashima island

‘The volcanic island of Aogashima , which is home to about 170 people, is a natural planetarium,’ because there’s nothing around for miles. The dark sky polishes radiantly and suggestions a perfect vision of the Milky Way

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