A ferry ride away from Central Tokyo, the island of Izu Oshima entices many cyclists with its thrilling routes and stellar ocean views. Although you could do a day trip here, an overnight stay allows you to fully explore the island’s charm.
There are two road biking options: a route around the island or a hill climb. The circular ride is 43 kilometers long. It’s recommended to go clockwise because riding on the left side of the road (it’s the law here) lets you ride closer to the shore. The route includes a challenging section along the eastern shoreline which ascends up to 300 meters.
Alternatively, you could climb the volcano up to Gojinka Chaya, a teahouse nestled 550 meters above sea level. You can get there via the Ajisai Rainbow Line or Miharayama Tozan Doro (note that the Gojinka Skyline route is closed). Park your bike at the teahouse then circle the rim of the volcanic crater where you can feel the natural power of our constantly changing earth.
Cycling Izu Oshima is refreshing as the roads are relatively traffic free and there is a laidback, island feel with semi-tropical fauna thriving from the Kuroshio current breeze, complex volcanic terrain, hot springs and abundant seafood. Happy Holidays and hope you spend it cycling!
A ferry service is available from Takeshiba Pier in Tokyo (takes eight hours one way). It leaves nightly and returns at 4:30 p.m. A high-speed Jetfoil boat will get you to Izu Oshima in just an hour and 45 minutes. You can bring your bike onboard a regular ferry as is or packed in a rinko bag. Jetfoils allow bag-packed bikes only.