This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Hachijojima. To help you make friends with Hachijojima before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Hachijojima, Japan -- also known as Hachijo Island -- is a green, subtropical island in the Philippine Sea. It belongs to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and is part of the so-called Izu Islands. Nine of these islands are inhabited, but there are many more islands -- the island chain stretches east and south from the Izu Peninsula of Honshu. The best and easiest way to get to Hachijojima is by plane. It takes around fifty minutes from Haneda Airport in Tokyo.
Fewer than eight thousand people live on the volcanic island of Hachijojima, which has an area of only sixty-three square kilometres. The inhabitants have a different cultural heritage and even a different language compared to Japanese people on the four main islands. Some locals speak the Hachijō language, which is an endangered language; the future of the language is uncertain. Water sports such as scuba diving and snorkeling are popular among tourists. If you like hiking, Mount Mihara and Mount Nishi offer good opportunities.
The volcanic island boasts colourful corals, tropical fish, and underwater lava formations. Therefore, it is an excellent spot for scuba divers and snorkelers. There are numerous diving shops offering rental services and boat trips. The island is also an attractive spot for surfers. You can go for a swim from spring to autumn, thanks to the warm water; however, swimmers should be aware that the coastline can be very rugged. If you like local food, try out the excellent local sushi; shimazushi; and kusaya, a dried fish species.
If you decide to spend some time on Hachijojima, you can chose from many Japanese-style inns, several larger hotels, campsites, and hot spring resorts. Compared to this abundance of relatively pricey accommodations, you have a very limited number of hostels in Hachijojima, Japan. Try to plan in advance and consider the classic Japanese holiday season, as well. Otherwise, your chosen hostel in Hachijojima, Japan, could be booked out and you'll have to pay a lot more for hotels or guesthouses.
Written by local enthusiast for Hachijojima hostelsFlo