You can see the view of dessert without leaving Tokyo. The volcano in Mount Mihara, Izu Oshima is also famous! Don’t miss the hot spring when you come to Mount Mihara.
Who says you have to travel to the Middle East when you want to see the desert? This unique view is available in Tokyo, as well. Izu Oshima, which is two hours away from Tokyo by boat, has the only ‘desert’ in Japan. The black desert amazes every visitor who has visited and makes it almost impossible for them to believe they are in Japan.
Ura Sabaku of Izu Oshima is unable to grow normal plants due to the strong wind, volcanic eruptions and heat from Mount Mihara. There are only short plants. The black dessert juxtaposes the other side of a wide ocean under the blue sky with white clouds makes this such a beautiful. It is also the reason tourists are are deeply in love with this amazing natural wonder.
Mount Mihara is a must-see attraction when you come here. Due to the unstable temperature in Izu Oshima, you have to pay attention to the local weather if you want to go hiking. If you don’t want to walk too much, or if you have an accompanying senior member with your party, it is suggested that you go to the ‘Path of Hydrangea’ or the ‘Azaleas Garden’ The whole venture only takes about 1 to 2 hours. You can also make a detour and visit the remains of the crater from Mount Mihara’s eruption in 1986. Taking a walk and enjoying the view won’t be too energy consuming. It makes a nice trip.
You should reserve three to four hours if you want to go hiking. There’s a hiking trail specifically designed for tourists, which allows them to appreciate the whole view of Mount Mihara within the shortest and most convenient route. You will be able to see Ura Sabaku mentioned above, and the Mihara Shrine (the so-called ‘miracle shrine’) on your hike. The reason why the shrine is considered a miracle is because when the volcano erupted in 1986, the lava completely missed this area. It makes this shrine a famous attraction that all the visitors must visit.
How can you not experience a hot spring when coming to Japan? There’s certain hot springs in Izu Oshima. Oshima hot spring hotel located outside of Mount Mihara is equipped with Japanese style rooms. You can definitely experience the local Japanese culture. If you see where the mountains are, you can see Mount Mihara where lots of trees grow. If you look at the sea, you will get a view of the Pacific Ocean, Izu Peninsula and Mount Fuji. You cannot miss such great scenery.