Chichi-jima Travel Guide

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Chichi-jima Things to Do

  • Watch the stone turtles

    I saw several in Ogasawara. I thought that they were alive, but no, there were not alive, but stone statues.

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  • The Catholic Church

    There is Mass service every Sunday. The priest speaks Portuguese. He is a mixture of Japanese woman and a Portuguese sailor in the times when USA controlled Ogasawara.

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  • the sunsets

    You have an awesome view from the whale watching platform at the weather station. While watching for whales you can enjoy the awesome sunsets.

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  • Dolphin swimming

    One of the main activities around Ogasawara islands is dolphin swimming. There are dolphins all year around and you can easily book a snorkeling boat.

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  • Whale watching

    The other main activity is whale watching. Depending on the season there are different whales around Ogasawara. I was lucky and always saw huge humpback whales between the dives.Actually I paid less for diving and whale watching from the dive boat than for an ordinary whale watching trip.Too bad I missed to take a picture when the huge 15m whale...

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  • of cause Diving!

    I tried to take a picture of my underwater model Nahomi, but this Turtle cam in my way. Now the picture looks like that...

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    Youth hostel: Eat unique Ogasawara sushi

    by R.Dettmann Written Mar 2, 2004

    The youth hostel is so much fun. You can even prepare your own food! I helped making sushi, but it is harder than i thought :)

    Sushi experts only need 4 moves and the sushi is ready.

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Chichi-jima Transportation

  • Island bus

    The bus goes everywhere of interest to tourists. It costs 200 yen no matter what distance you travel. Drivers don't speak any English but it is a very simple route with bus stop signs that have schedules on them.

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  • Ferry from mainland Tokyo

    All of the islands in the Osawagara chain are part of Tokyo so technically you aren't leaving it when you sail from Tokyo Bay to Chichi Jima. The ferry is the only public way to get to the island because there is no airport. The trip takes about 25 hours. Unless you are lucky or maybe if you buy from a travel agent you will get shared...

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    Grocery availability

    by Sevsa Written Sep 21, 2007

    All food stores have less items on the shelves when the ferry arrives because their stock is on the ship. Therefore when we went to buy some bread they told us they wouldn't get it until about 2pm when the ship was offloaded.

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Chichi-jima Local Customs

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    Ferry sendoff

    by Sevsa Written Sep 21, 2007

    It seems like the whole town is at the dock when the ferry leaves. There are dancers, drummers and endless waving. The tour boat operators (about 5) join in as you leave the island trying to outdo each other in the goodbyes so make sure you are outside on the right side of the boat as soon as you put your things at your sleeping spot.

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Chichi-jima Sports & Outdoors

  • Diving is a must do!

    Ogasawara islands have hundreds of dive spots. I just managed 16 different one cause I had to get back to Tokyo. Very sad :(Anyway, here you can find everything and everything can happen. Maybe you see dolphins, whale’s and big sharks while diving, but you can also find great macro motives when you look to the reef and not into the blue.

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  • Diving

    More strange creatures like the blue ribbon eal are also known on some dive spots around Ogasawara. I found this one looking for food.

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  • Macro diving

    As we are talking of hard to find - those little coral shrimps (5mm) are not only hard to find, but also very hard to take a picture of. They move around the coral and keep turning away...BTW how many do you count?

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