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Ogasawara Islands

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Ogasawara islands

The Ogasawara Islands (also known as the Bonin Islands) are an archipelago of over 30 subtropical and tropical islands, approximately 1,000 kms  south of Tokyo, Japan. They are known as one of the villages of Tokyo. 

The total area of the islands is 84 km².

Ogasawara Village, which has its population on the only inhabited islands of the archipelago (Chichi-jima (父島) and Haha-jima (母島)), serves as the local government for the archipelago.


Ogasawara in early Shōwa

In Japanese, the archipelago is called Ogasawara Islands (小笠原諸島 Ogasawara shotō).

The common English name is Bonin Islands, from bunin, an archaic reading of 無人 (mujin), that means "no people" or "uninhabited."


Balcer: Marcus Island is the southernmost island in the Japanese chain, 18 January 2007

A public bus runs around Chichijima several times daily, connecting most points of interest. The Hahajima-maru, also operated by Ogasawara Kaiun, runs between Chichijima and Hahajima roughly every other day, with services timed to meet the ferry to/from the mainland.

There is no regular service to any of the other islands, although the Mukojima group to the north of Chichijima is occasionally visited by charters.

where to stay

しいたけ: Minamijima Island, Ogasawara Village, Tokyo, 3 November 2007

Ogasawara Village is the only village on the archipelago, so there are limited options in terms of accommodation. If you are visiting a relative or friend here, then it is best to stay with them. Otherwise, you may ask around locals for any rooms renting out. You'll find the locals are pretty friendly.

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