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Coastal Japanese black pine クロマツ (niijima)

Posted by
timothy sullivan (Tokyo, Japan) on 22 August 2009 in Landscape & Rural.

Every summer, at least one of the English mags does a feature on one (or several) of the Izu islands - - an archipelago of seven major islands stretching south of Tokyo Bay. This year, JapanToday had done a spot on Niijima Island, one of the most popular places for surfers' getaways in Japan.

Unfortunately, in English, there's relatively little available on the island until you get there. Although the big guidebooks - - Fodor's and Lonely Planet - - do mention the island, it's done almost as an afterthought. Indeed, as the island is relatively small and somewhat farther away, it's not an ideal spot for short-term visitors to Japan, as cheaper transit alone takes a chunk of time.

While there are a handful of tourism / timetable resources available in English (like, I decided to dedicate a bit of time to photos and descriptions of what you can do/see at the island.

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NIKON D300 1/250 second F/13.0 ISO 200 300 mm

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