The Ogasawara Islands (Ogasawara Shotō), also known in
English as the Bonin Islands, are a chain of volcanic islands in the Pacific
Ocean, about 1000 kilometers south and administratively part of Tokyo.
The sole way to reach the islands is by a weekly 25.5 hour ferry ride
from Tokyo. Only the two largest islands, Chichijima (Father Island) and
Hahajima (Mother Island) are inhabited.
Located on a similar geographical latitude as Okinawa, the Ogasawara Islands
offer a subtropical climate with warm temperatures year around.
The islands attract visitors with their remoteness, relaxed hospitality,
beautiful beaches, coral reefs and jungle covered hills, and offer various
outdoor activities such as whale watching, swimming with dolphins, hiking,
sea kayaking, snorkeling and diving.
Access: There is no flight. The only way to Ogasawara is by ship which
takes one day from Tokyo.