Izu Oshima, the largest island in the Izu Peninsula, is a mere hour and 40-minute jetfoil ride from Tokyo. At its center is Mt. Mihara, a 758-meter active volcano. Oshima is a member of the Fuji Hakone Izu National Parks and 97% of the island itself is regulated under the Natural Parks Law which ensures the protection of its natural landscapes and ecosystem. Oshima is also famous for its camellias. Roughly 3 million camellia plants grow all over the island and is beloved by its residents as the symbol of Izu Oshima.
Izu Oshima is also a member of the UNESCO assisted global Geoparks network and was designated a Japan Geopark on September 14, 2010. Oshima is a unique destination where visitors can come to study and enjoy their connection with the earth’s natural wonders.