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Flights to Oshima

Oshima Airport is a Type-3 public airport that serves and is located on the island of Izu Ōshima, Tokyo, Japan. It is operated by Tokyo Metropolis. The airport, which is elevated at 124 ft above mean sea level, was built in June 1964 initially with a 1,200-meter (3,900 ft) asphalt runway. In October 2002, the runway was lengthened to its present 1,800 metres (5,900 ft) length in order to allow operations by jet-powered aircraft. All Nippon Airways commenced daily services to Haneda Airport in Tokyo in August 2008 while New Central Airservice began operations to Chofu Airport in 2009. 

What to see & do

Izu Ōshima is a volcanic island in the Izu Islands in Japan. It is administered by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, which lies about 100 km south of Tokyo, 22 km east of the Izu Peninsula and 36 km southwest of Bōsō Peninsula. Meanwhile, the local government that serves the island is Ōshima Town (municipality), which was formed in 1955 by the amalgamation of six separate villages (municipalities), namely Okada (north), Moto (west), Senzu (northeast), Nomashi (west, south of Moto), Sashikiji (south, with Mabushi), and Habuminato (southeast). 

Izu Ōshima is a stratovolcano and is the largest and closest of Tokyo’s outlying islands (that also include the Ogasawara Islands) – the seven Izu Islands, measuring 91.06 km². It forms part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. It is most famous for Mt. Mihara (764 meters), which last erupted in 1990. Because of its close proximity to the mainland, tourists from Tokyo and Shizuoka flock it, making it a popular destination among tourists as well. Some of the activities that you can enjoy while you’re here include hiking on Mt. Mihara’s Volcano, bike along The Sunset Palm Line, scuba dive, fish, and go to any of Oshima’s beaches, which all sport black sand due to the island’s basaltic origin. The most conveniently located beach is Kobohama, which is near the port. Due to the many volcanic nature of the island, there are plenty of onsen or public spas. Other places that you can check out are Hama-no-yu (outdoor bath which provides amazing views of Izu Hanto and Mt. Fuji on a clear day) and Gojinka spa (a modern facility with hot, warm, and cold baths, a steam room, a sauna, a swimming pool, waterfall therapy, and Jacuzzi). Drink Gojinka, the island’s brand of "shochu", or home-brewed whiskey, and eat Ashitaba, an indigenous plant to the Izu islands and is used in many local dishes, from salads to tempura, and from soba to tea.

How to get around

You can easily navigate your way around the islands via a number of ways. There are buses that operate to and from the main ferry ports in Okata and Motomachi and connect to the arrival and departure of the fast ferries. Once you arrive at the port, there’s a bus that departs for Mt. Mihara, which also stops at the Oshima Onsen hotel. There’s also a taxi ride available between Okata and Motomachi. The journey takes approximately 15 minutes. The ‘iTaxi’ is a nine-seater taxi that offers rides between Okata and Motomachi as well as between Okata and Mt. Mihara. 

How to get there

Oshima Airport is served by All Nippon Airways and New Central Airservice, which fly to Tokyo-Haneda and Chōfu, respectively. Aside from air transport, there are other ways to get into Izu Ōshima. Tokai Kisen operates a number of high-speed boats called "jetfoils" which leave from Takeshiba Sanbashi Pier, near Hamamatsucho, Tokyo. There are a number of ferries that make a stop in Kurihama, which can be easily reached by direct train from Yokohama on the Keihin-Kyuko line. There are also overnight ferries operated by Tokai Kisen, although one must check the schedule first prior to booking a ticket.

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