Chi Chi Jima, Japan
Chichi-jima, formerly known as Peel Island and in the 19th century known to the English as part of the Bonin Islands, is the largest island in the Ogasawara archipelago. Chichi-jima is approximately 150 miles (241.4 km) north of Iwo Jima. Chi Chi Jima was the primary communications center for Japan during WWII. In 1945 the US Marines took over the Bonin Islands, destroying all buildings and equipment with military value. The island was given back to Japan in the late 1980's.
Today almost the whole area of the Ogasawara islands is included in the Ogasawara National Park, which is full of beautiful scenery, flora and fauna. It is a resort area for snorkelers and divers and is also known for whale watching.
Things to See & Do
* Whale watching
* Snorkeling & Scuba diving
* Water sports
* Bird watching
Cruise Season – Jan - Dec
Currency – Yen (JPY)
Language – Japanese
Population – 2,000 approx
Land Area – 24 km2
Electricity – 2 perpendicular flat pins USA style or with a round pin below
Time - GMT plus hours nine hours
International Country Telephone Code – 81
Port Location – The port at Chichi-jima is located in Futami Harbor.
Travel Links – One can get from the main Japanese islands to Chichijima by way of the Ogasawara Maru liner, run by Ogasawara Marine Transportation. The ship leaves from Takeshiba port in Tokyo Bay, and the trip takes around 25.5 hours (in good
weather). There are four or five crossings each month.
There are no airports in the Ogasawara islands.