Japan Tourism 1- Hachijo-cho, Tokyo

Hachijojima is also famous for its other name, "Nasakejima" or "Tokyo's Subtropical Zone, Hachijojima”.


55 minutes by plane from Haneda Airport to Hachijojima Airport.

10 hours 20 minutes by boat from Takeshiba Pier to Sokodo Port, Hachijojima

Distance from Tokyo: 287 km Area: 69.11 m3

Hachijojima is gourd-shaped with Hachijo-fuji and Miharayama attached to it.

Five districts: Mine, Ohgago, Kashidate, Nakanogo, and Sueyoshi


External website Hachijojima Tourism Navi (Hachijojima Tourism Association)

Hachijojima Island MAP



<Hachijo-fuji viewed from Hachijo Airport>

<Hachijo Kojima and Hachijo Kofuji>


<Hachijo Kojima and Hachijo Kofuji>


Cows on Hachijojima. Jersey cow grazing dairy.


We conduct dairy farming that reflects the blessings of nature in the mild climate of Hachijojima. The cows are not tied to a barn, but instead live a vigorous and carefree life in the rich natural environment of Hachijojima, sheltering from the strong sun and winds of the rain under the bellow palm trees.

(Source: Hachijojima Dairy Co.)


External Link Hachijojima Dairy Industry Co.



Sightseeing Spots

Surfing in Hachijojima

Diving in Hachijojima

Enjoy fishing in Hachijojima

Trekking course to fully enjoy the nature of Hachijojima

Natural hot spring on Hachijojima

Hachijojima Power Spot

For more information, please visit the external site: Hachijojima Tourism Navi (Hachijojima Tourism Association)



<A view of Hachijo Kojima from the lava beds of Minamihara Senjyojiki>

<A view of Hachijo-fuji from the Yokoma beach of cobblestones.>



<Heavy rain in Hachijojima>


The island is also well known for its catchphrase, "Tokyo’s Subtropical Zone, Hachijojima.


There are many approaching typhoons, but Hachijojima, with its heavy precipitation as well as typhoons, also has quite a few flight and ship cancellations.



When ships and airplanes are cancelled, supplies in the island's supermarkets become scarce. This may be a sentiment unique to the remote island of Hachijojima.


Specialty Products of Hachijojima

Hachijojima Kusaya (kusaya of flying fish, kusaya of muro-aji)


External website Hachijojima Tourism Navi (Hachijojima Tourism Association) Hachijojima Specialty: Muro Kusaya, Tobi Kusaya



“Kikuchi Lemons" and "Hachijo Fruit Lemons" in Hachijojima


The Kikuchi lemon is a specialty product of Hachijojima.


“Kikuchi Lemons" are lemons brought to Hachijojima from Tinian Island by Yuji Kikuchi in 1940, and those Kikuchi lemons that pass certain standards are shipped under the new brand name "Hachijo Fruit Lemons" on Hachijojima.


Photo above and below: House cultivation of Kikuchi lemons or Hachijo fruit lemons.



Kikuchi lemon or Hachijo fruit lemon


You can see the size by comparing it with the hand.



 Cultivation of Kikuchi Lemon or Hachijo Futuru Lemon.


This is a scene of "Kikuchi Lemon" sales.



 This is a scene of "Hachijo Fruit Lemon" sales.



“Kikuchi Lemon or Hachijo Fruit Lemon" is a special lemon produced only on Hachijojima.

Available on the Internet.

Distributor: JA Zen-noh Tokyo

External website https://www.ja-town.com/shop/g/g3501-35010004/



Kikuchi Lemon or Hachijo Fruit Lemon is a close relative of the Meyer lemon. Meyer lemons are a natural hybrid of lemons and oranges and are characterized by their large size.


In addition, other island lemons (other lemon varieties) are grown and sold on Hachijojima without pesticides. Please be careful not to confuse "Kikuchi lemons or Hachijo fruit lemons" with other lemons grown on Hachijo.


Hachijojima shochu (distilled liquor)


Hachijojima Tourism Navi (Hachijojima Tourism Association)

Authentic Shochu Tokyo Island Sake "Hachijo Shochu" This flavor comes from the water of the island. Hachijo Shochu is an island liquor of Hachijojima.



Thick shiitake mushroom

The climate and environment of Hachijojima produce exquisite shiitake mushrooms.

Umikaze Shiitake Mushroom "Dairyu Farm

Hachijojima Tourism Navi (Hachijojima Tourism Association)




“Kihachijo" silk fabric, a traditional national craft



Dyeing scenery of Kihachijo

Photo: Kihachijo Meyu Kobo



Hachijojima's specialty dish

Shima Sushi

Use western mustard (yogarashi) instead of wasabi. Fish are pickled. The type of fish varies depending on the season.

Hachijojima Tourism Navi (Hachijojima Tourism Association)

External website Hachijojima's representative local cuisine




Ashitaba Cuisine

How to eat: In addition to boiled and tempura, there are many other ways to eat Ashitaba.

Hachijojima Tourism Navi (Hachijojima Tourism Association)

External website Healthy Vegetable Ashitaba from Hachijojima




Hachijojima Specialty Products Dealers


Hachijo Mingei Yamashita

The company mainly deals in folk crafts such as Kihachijo sable, Kohachijo weaving experience, etc.

External website Hachijojima Tourism Navi (Hachijojima Tourism Association)



External website: Hachijojima Tourism Navi (Hachijojima Tourism Association)



Mingei Aki

External website Hachijojima Tourism Navi (Hachijojima Tourism Association)




■A shortcut to getting to know Hachijojima!

Go straight to the supermarket on Hachijo-jima.

It's a shortcut to the island's unique ingredients and the way of life of its people!


Super Asanuma

External website Super Asanuma from Hachijojima Tourist Association HP



Hachijo Store

External website Hachijo Store from Hachijo Island Tourism Association HP




■Staying on Hachijojima: Hotels and Guest Houses

Guest House Gardenso

She is sought after on TV and radio! It is no exaggeration to say that whenever there is a filming on Hachijojima, she always appears on the program. You can meet Eiko, the famous landlady of Hachijojima (also known as "Nasakejima"), at this guest house.

In a TV program broadcast, the proprietress was affectionately called "Aekova" by the comedian Bananaman and the actress YOU.

External website: Guest House Gardenso

URL: http://gardenso.net/



Hachijo View Hotel

Hachijo View Hotel, located on the heights of "Hachijojima", a subtropical ward of Tokyo, is a ryokan-type hotel with a great view from the lobby and annex guest rooms, as its name suggests!

External website Hachijo View Hotel

 URL: http://www.hachijo-v.co.jp/


Freesia Festival on Hachijojima

 Hachijojima is famous for the cultivation of freesia.


Every year in March, Hachijojima holds a Freesia Festival. Tourists can pick and take home free of charge.


Hachijojima Freesia Festival Executive Committee HP




 Hachijojima Island is the northern limit of native hego ferns.


Watch and listen to Hachijo drums, dances, and songs!



They are singing a folk song of Hachijo Island while wearing a crisp Kihachijo obi and beating a Hachijo-daiko drum.




I will never forget the sight of him singing an old Hachijojima folk song while beating the Hachijo-daiko drum in a pleasant manner at an event related to Hachijojima held at the Edo-Tokyo Museum.


 t is said that the orthodox style of beating the Hachijo-daiko drum does not open both legs wide (there are various theories).


Photo: Kumao Okuyama (1916-2015).

 He is a Hachijo-daiko drummer and has inherited taiko drums, folk songs, and the Hachijo language from an elderly man born in the Edo period.


In his later years, he played a major role in the transmission of the Hachijo dialect, and it is no exaggeration to say that he is a "Hachijo language folklore " who has made great efforts to preserve Hachijo language research materials.


Introduction of Proficiency Test - Japanese language in danger of extinction, Hachijo Language

Nihon Ai Test pages in this site

 “Introductory Test (free of charge): Hachijo Language Proficiency Test, Beginner Level”

and “Proficiency Test: Hachijo Language Proficiency Test, Advanced Level" are available.


The questions for the “Introductory Test (free of charge): Hachijo Language Proficiency Test (Beginner Level)” are taken from the "Hachijo Island Language Karuta" produced by the Hachijo Town Board of Education in Tokyo.

Hachijo Island Language Karuta

<Introduction of Karuta>

External site Hachijojima Tourism Association Ameba Blog




Information on where to purchase "Hachijo Island Language Karuta”

External site Rakuten Ichiba



External site Yahoo Japan Shopping



Introduction of Aogashima Village, Tokyo, an island next to Hachijojima

Aogashima Village, Tokyo

Transportation from Hachijojima to Aogashima takes about 20 minutes by helicopter.

3 hours by boat. 4 to 5 times a week.

The least populated municipality in Japan, and according to a certain TV program survey, the place with the second most beautiful starry sky in Japan.

Why not visit Hachijojima and stretch your legs if time permits?


Aogashima Village.


Please refer to the "Japan Tourism Aogashima Village, Tokyo" page on this website for more information.

Introduction of information related to Hachijo-cho, Tokyo

See and hear the unique culture of the island in the island language of Hachijojima, Hachijo dialect.


・Hachijo Language introduces how to make Hachijo Island's famous "Shima Sushi" in Hachijo  language.

・Reading a picture-story show of "Tanabata-sama", a unique story handed down on Hachijo  Island, in the Hachijo dialect.

・The Hachijo word for the dyeing and weaving of Hachijo Island's traditional Hachijo (silk  fabric).


In this site: Go to "Japan Information: Languages and Dialects in Danger of Extinction in Japan: Hachijo Language" page.

Hachijo Town Tourist Association Website

External website https://www.hachijo.gr.jp/

Introduction of a movie set on Hachijojima, "If Today Was the Last Day."

“If today was the last day"  Directed by Akina Yanagi

External site Yahoo.Movies



“If today was the last day" Directed by Akina Yanagi

External site YouTube video <Trailer>



Hachijojima Support Song "Ojariyare”

The song set on Hachijojima was born in Chuo-ku, Tokyo.

Song title: "Ojariyare" (meaning "welcome" in Hachijo dialect)

Words, music, song, and performance by Tsukiji Wako Troupe

External site YouTube Tsukiji Wako Ichiza Official



This is how "Ojariyare" was born.

The Nihon Ai editorial staff interviewed Tokutaro Niwa, head of the Tsukiji Wako Troupe, about the background to the creation of "Ojariyare".


Editor: What made you decide to write a support song for Hachijojima?


Mr. Niwa: Hachijojima is an island that is in Tokyo but can only be reached by air and sea. I thought, "Since we are also residents of Tokyo, let's write a song in support of Hachijojima!” With advice from Mr. Kaneda, a researcher of the Hachijo language, on key words such as Hachijo's language, nature, and local products, we quickly decided on the title "Ojariyare", which means "welcome" in the Hachijo language. I also received many keywords. We were given many keywords, such as "Ashitaba field", "Streitia,", "Kihachijo" and "Black Sand Beach”. At that time, I found out for the first time that the beaches of Hachijojima are black, so I came up with the lyrics "Kuroki Sunahama" (Black Sand Beach).


Editor: I understand that the songwriting was based on a foundation of many professionals in the music industry, but the lyrics must have been difficult. The main character of this song is a woman. What kind of image did you start with?


 Niwa: I wanted people to visit Hachijojima as tourists, so I decided to write a song about it. So I thought, "A woman waiting on Hachijojima”. To explain briefly, I imagined Fujiko Mine from Lupin III. Fujiko Mine lives on Hachijojima and is looking toward Tokyo from the island. The image is of Mine Fujiko, who is wearing Hachijo Island's "Kihachijo" silk fabric, thinking of her loved one in Tokyo.


Editor: Is that Fujiko Mine wearing a kihachijo? That is a very novel idea.

Mr. Niwa: Yes, yes. There is a lyric "Don't look at me in kihachijo kimono" and it took me a long time to decide on this one. The model is Fujiko Mine, so I wondered whether it should be "Look at me" or "Don't look at me”. In the end, I wanted to bring out the female spirit of a woman waiting for a person she misses on an island, so I decided on “Don’t look”as something like "pull and call”. It took me a long time just to come up with the lyrics for this one phrase.


Editor: Did you have any other difficulties?


Mr. Niwa: As I mentioned earlier, many people in the music business, including myself, came up with the A and B melodies right away, but when it came to the C melody as well! Then I had to worry about the lyrics again.

A certain actress who was visiting the store at that time gave me impromptu phrases like "I wish you would come looking for me" and "I really loved you every day”. She had the power to express a woman's heart in words. Now we had everything up to the C melody and reached completion.


Editor: You spent a lot of time to complete "Ojariyare" and many people were involved in its creation. The people who wrote the lyrics and composed the music also understood that it is a "Hachijojima cheering song" that fits perfectly with Hachijojima's other name, "Nasakejima”. Thank you!


Mr. Tokutaro Niwa

Jun, formerly of the idol group Flash (formerly CBS Sony)

Debuted in 1979

Producer: Mr. Masatoshi Sakai


First song "Denko Sekka" lyrics by Takashi Matsumoto, music by Shunichi Tokura


The group was nominated for the 1979 New Face Award, and in the race for the award, competed with Anri, Mariya Takeuchi, and BORO.



Currently operates Tsukiji Wako in Chuo-ku, Tokyo. Official restaurant name: Tsukiji Wako Hatchobori


External website Tsukiji Wako Hatchobori


excite Blog Tsukiji Wako Hatchobori


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