Far out from the city, 1,000 kilometers away is Tokyo’s hidden island getaway. There is no plane. Only a 24 hour ferry ride from Takeshiba Port in the city to Chichijima once a week. When you make a trip to the Ogasawaras or Bonin Islands, you make a commitment to stay for a while. What you find on the other side it a tropical island paradise that many call the Galapagos of the East.
The deep blue water here even has its own name — Bonin Blue.
Most of the islanders can speak native English which is where Chichijima’s history comes in.
In 1830, Nathaniel Savory came from Hawaii with about 30 colonists to settle on an island known as the Bonins.
The island was made up of American, Europeans and Pacific Islanders – a diverse island in Japan.
In 1853, Commodore Perry of the US Navy stopped here with the Black ship on his way to Edo (Tokyo) to open up Japan and made Nathaniel Governor of the island.
In 1862 Japan claimed the islands and renamed in Ogasawara in 1876. After World War II, the US took possession of the island and returned it to Japan in 1968.
In this episode we’ll explore the jungles, cross the island by motorcycle, learn the history and see why this is the most amazing island you’ve never heard about.
HOW TO GET TO OGASAWARA (Chichijima)
There is only one way – ferry.
It’s about $250 each way / 1000km / 24 hours
This show has been created and produced by John Daub ジョン・ドーブ. He’s been living and working in Japan for over 20 years and regularly reports on TV for Japan’s International Channel.