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Miyakejima

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Megane-iwa (Spectacles Rock)

Megane-iwa (Spectacles Rock)

Rock visible from the Imasaki Coast Trail. There used to be two holes in the rock, so that it looked like a pair of spectacles. In the eruption of 1962, however, one-half of the spectacles collapsed.

  • About 10-minute walk from Ako Port
 

Ako Lava Flow Trail

Ako Lava Flow Trail

Lava flowing from an eruption in 1983 formed a lava plain covering 19 hectares of the Ako District, and burying the old Ako Elementary and Junior High Schools together with about 400 residences. This trail offers a close-up view of that buried village.

  • About a 15-minute walk from Ako Port
 

Izu Cape Lighthouse

Izu Cape Lighthouse

A pure white unmanned lighthouse was built in 1909, in an unusual squared column shape. In good weather, Niijima and Kozushima islands can be seen, and sometimes even Mt. Fuji in the distance.

  • Take a bus from Ako Port, and get off at Izu Cape (Izu Misaki Iriguchi), then walk for 20 minutes.
 

Tairo-ike Lake

Tairo-ike Lake

Crater lake 2 km in circumference formed 2000 years ago. Framed by a broadleaf laurel forest alive with flocks of birds.

  • Take a bus from Ako Port, and get off at Tairo-ike Lake (Tairo-ike), then walk for 10 minutes.
 

Akakokko-kan (Miyakejima Nature Center)

Akakokko-kan (Miyakejima Nature Center)

Offers exhibits detailing local bird species, and birdwatching space complete with telescopes. Rangers are also available to answer any questions in detail. Admission charged.

  • Take a bus from Ako Port, and get off at Tairo-ike Lake (Tairo-ike), then walk a short distance.
 

Chotaro-ike Lake

Chotaro-ike Lake

Natural tidal pools reaching to as much as 50m across, surrounded by lava rock. Enjoy fish-watching with snorkeling equipment.

  • Take a bus from Ako Port, and get off at Agriculture and Forestry Administrative Office (Norin godo chosha), then walk 5 minutes.
 

Old Shinmyo-ike

Old Shinmyo-ike

Old Shinmyo-ike used to be a volcanic crater Ruins and a mysterious pond with water in the virgin forest that was formed by an old eruption, but have disappeared due to phreatic explosion by an eruption in 1983.

  • Take a bus from Ako Port, and get off at Old Shinmyo-ike (Shinmyo Ike Ato), then walk for 5 minutes.
 

Mt.Nippana-Shinzan

Mt.Nippana-Shinzan

Mt.Nippana-Shinzan was born overnight by submarine explosion and accumulation of scoria caused by the volcanic eruption in 1983.
The red and black wall is overwhelming in the face.

  • Take a bus from Ako Port, and get off at Old Shinmyo-ike (Shinmyo Ike Ato), then walk for 5 minutes.
 

Shiitori Shrine

Shiitori Shrine

Shrine buildings and trii were filled up with a large mudflow caused by the volcanic eruption in 2000.
That building was rebuilt, but Trii still remains intact, only its top is unburied.

  • Take a bus from Ako Port, and get off at Shiitori Shrine (Shiitori Jinja Mae), then walk a short distance.
 

Furusatono-yu Hot Spring

Furusatono-yu Hot Spring

Enjoying a hot spring while watching the evening sun sink into the Pacific Ocean is fantastic. Admission charged.

  • 10-minute walk from Ako Port
 
 

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Megane-iwa (Spectacles Rock) Ako Lava Flow Trail Izu Cape Lighthouse Tairo-ike Lake Akakokko-kan (Miyakejima Nature Center) Chotaro-ike Lake Furusatono-yu Hot Spring Old Shinmyo-ike Mt.Nippana-Shinzan Shiitori Shrine