Shikine Island (also known as Shikine-jima) is popular for its beautiful beaches and onsen (natural hot springs). The best and most picturesque beaches lie in small coves on the north shore, and although it is a popular getaway from Tokyo, it is rarely crowded. There are a couple of places to enjoy the free natural hot springs beside the ocean. Fishing, snorkeling, diving and sea kayaking are popular activities on Shikine-jima.
About the Tokyo/Izu Islands:
Apart from the Ogasawara Islands, the Tokyo Islands (also known as the Izu Seven Islands) are a great weekend getaway for Tokyo locals. Usually people aim for the Friday night overnight passenger ferry which arrives early on Saturday mornings, where they can enjoy the beaches for the weekend. It is usual to take the Express Jet foil on the return to Tokyo, or a flight depending on the island.
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Prefecture: TokyoSize: 3.9 sq. kmPopulation: Less than 600 peopleAccess: About 2.5 hours by Express Jetfoil, or about 8 hours by overnight passenger ferry from Tokyo (Takeshiba Passenger Terminal near Hamamatsucho)Getting around: It’s pretty hilly, but bicycle hire is the best way to get around