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Hachijōjima (八丈島, Hachijō-jima, Hachijō Island) is one of the Izu seven islands, situated 290km's South of Tokyo is a semi tropical paradise. From swimming in mountain waterfalls to diving in crystal clear waters, Hachijo is just waiting to be explored.
During the Edo period, the island was a place of exile for convicts and it was designated a penal colony in 1608. Sites of interest like the round stone walls Tamaishigaki are prevalent on Hachijojima and were built by convicts and islanders using large stones rounded by waves and washed ashore on the beach.
Hachijōjima is popular with surfers, with three reef breaks and consistently warmer water than mainland Japan because of a warm water current called the "Kuroshio". Due to the fact Hachijōjima is a volcanic island there are a few black sandy beaches. The main one is next to the main harbour of Sokodo. There are various skin diving/snorkeling points to explore.
Hachijōjima's scuba diving points are many and varied. Nazumado is the best known of them, and is considered to be one of the top ten dive points in Japan. Sea turtles are common and underwater lava bridges are typical features for a volcanic island. Hachijōjima is also known for its natural onsen, hiking, waterfalls, and natural beauty.
Between the months of May to September seven varieties of bioluminescent mushrooms can be seen. Rainy season is the best time for viewing them. Free tours are organized nightly by the local mushroom association. Bookings required.
Other activities for visitors include visiting the botanical gardens, exploring wartime tunnels, day trips to nearby Kojima island and hiking to the top of Hachijo-fuji, the island's extinct volcano. Kihachijo silk cloth is woven on the island, and one of the workshops in Nakanogo is open to tourists.
Hachijōjima is famous for its sushi and kusaya.
Local cooking also makes use of the ashitaba plant in dishes such as ashitaba soba and tempura.
Hachijo has sister city relations with Maui due to its similar topography and climate.
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