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Published on 06.07.2016
The Ogasawara Islands known in English as the Bonin Islands are a chain of volcanic islands in the Pacific Ocean, about 1000 kilometers south and administratively part of Tokyo. The only way to reach the islands is by a weekly 24 hour ferry ride from Tokyo. Only the two largest islands, Chichijima (Father Island) and Hahajima (Mother Island) are inhabited.
There are popular places to visit like Anijima Marine Park, ocean kayak, Maehama beach, forest and mountain, historic mountain sites and enjoy, guide tours, dinner at hotel, night tour, dolphin watching and souvenir shopping.
The Ogasawara Islands discovered in 1593 by Ogasawara Sadayori, not habituated until 1875, offer a subtropical climate with warm temperatures year around. The Island officially became Japanese territory in 1875 and served as military bases during World War two. The relaxed hospitality, remoteness, beautiful beaches, coral reefs and green hills attract visitors. Tourist can enjoy whale watching, swimming with dolphins, and hiking, sea kayaking, snorkeling and diving.
To protect unique plants, animals and birds only found here, visitors are disallowed to bring any seeds or alien species and refrained from collecting or harming the local plants and wildlife. This is why camping and off-trial hiking are strictly prohibited.
Due to remoteness of the Island, credits cards are accepted by a small number of hotels and shops. However, cash withdrawals are possible through postal ATMs found at the JA Bank branches on both islands during limited business hours. Cell phone coverage is limited to areas of Chichijimia and Hahajima while the internet access is available at the visitor center on Chichhijima and few shops and hotels.