Discover “Hawaii of Japan” on this remote island

HONOLULU (KHON2) — As Japan reopens its borders to international travelers, All Nippon Airways is showcasing some of the country’s best-kept secrets as part of its “A New Chapter of Flight” series.

Hachijojima, one of Tokyo’s 11 islands, offers black sand beaches, hot springs and breathtaking scenery. For these reasons and more, this remote destination is known as the “Hawaii of Japan.”

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Hachijojima is only a 55-minute flight from Haneda Airport. The island was formed by two stratovolcanoes (composite volcanoes) and is known to be one of the most difficult places for pilots to visit due to unpredictable winds and frequent fog.

“The Island of Eternal Spring” experiences plenty of rain all year round and remains relatively warm, providing visitors with a pleasant subtropical climate. In the 1960s, Hachijojima was a popular honeymoon destination and was recognized as the “Hawaii of Japan”.

Since there are no convenience stores and public transport is limited, the island is ideal for people who want to get away from city life and enjoy the nature in front of them. For residents, living in a tight-knit community requires them to take care of each other.

For tourists, the slow pace of life does not exclude the many activities to be practiced there, including scuba diving, surfing, fishing, hiking and whale watching. There is also the local cuisine to sample, such as Kusaya (fermented fish) and Shimazushi (marinated sushi eaten with Japanese mustard).

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In Hachijojima, enjoy the subtropical island for its views, close-knit community, and nature to see why it earned its nickname “Hawaii of Japan.”

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