The island has been listed as a two-star destination in the revised third edition of Michelin Green Guide Japan. It has many scenic spots, with the southern hiking course offering views of the majestic Pacific Ocean and the strangely-shaped rock ‘Horseback Cave Mouth', while on the western part of the island, you can see views of Mt. Fuji over Sagami Bay. In addition, about 700,000 double-flowered daffodils planted all over the island are at their best from mid-January to early February.
Jogashima is a wonderful place to visit at any time of the year. In particular, from mid-January to mid-February, approximately 700,000 double-layered daffodils are in full bloom. You can also observe the Japanese cormorant, which is designated a protected species by Kanagawa Prefecture.
Jogashima island is located at the southern end of Kanagawa's Miura Peninsula. It is the largest natural island in Kanagawa and has long been a tourist destination, going back as far as the Kamakura period (1192–1333) when Minamoto no Yoritomo—famed Japanese military commander—frequented the island. The arrival of steamships increased the popularity of the island as a summer destination, known for its romantic atmosphere and beautiful vistas.
The strong winds off the southern coast of Jogashima has led to the growth of tilted pine trees and other foliage, yet this belies the gentle nature of the island’s northern side. Thanks to the bulk of land acting as a breakwater, the Misaki side of the island is calm—perfect for fishing and swimming. Snorkelers and divers will especially love seeing the underwater reefs and sea life. Northern Jogashima provides fresh seafood and fresher scenery too. With guest houses, hotels, restaurants, and souvenir shops dotting this area of the island, there is no shortage of sights to see or places to visit.
Of special interest to many is Jogashima Lighthouse. This small, romantic lighthouse dates back to 1870 and overlooks the Pacific Ocean on the west coast. It’s a popular photo spot even today. Be sure to try the seafood caught from the island’s bay, including shrimp, saury, and abalone. On the south side, jagged cliffs hang over the white and blue surf to create stunning landscapes. A smaller lighthouse, Awasaki Lighthouse, stands at 13 meters—about half the height of Jogashima Lighthouse—and provides protection to sailors off this side of the island, which can be visited via a hiking course. It is a hiker’s or a photographer’s dream location.
Also, on this side of the island, you can find Jogashima Park. With an observatory and picnic square it makes for the perfect hike to see the gorgeous cliffs of Jogashima. During your visit to Jogashima, experience diving with skilled instructors or ride a semi-submerged sightseeing boat around the island. There are various places and experiences to be found on the island for a curious adventurer. Of course, if that doesn’t interest you, there is always the sun and sand to keep you company.
Bus bound for Jogashima from Misakiguchi Station on the Keikyu Electric Railway Kurihama Line