Approximately 180 km south-southwest of central Tokyo, Miyakejima sits in the center of the Pacific Ocean. As well as being a spiritual spot overflowing with energy from an active volcano, it is also an island of mysterious giant trees. The energy that permeates the island has fostered mystical giant trees over several centuries. Miyakejima is known as an island of unrivaled beauty that protects wild birds native to Japan and maintains abundant numbers of fish.
The people that live on this island are very powerful and positive. Living in the embrace of the great Mt. Oyama, they have coexisted with volcanic eruptions for generations, and have developed an affection for nature's powerful ability to revive through the repeated cycles of destruction and rebirth. Let's look at the charms of Miyakejima, which bestows its visitors with abundant power and kindness.
Since the nature on Miyakejima is unspoiled, it is a sanctuary for wild birds. The warm and wet climate of the island has cultivated an evergreen forest of Castanopsis sieboldii and Machilus thunbergii trees. In this lush forest live numerous rare wild birds such as the protected species Izu thrush and Ijima's leaf warbler.
At the Miyakejima Nature Center Akakokko-Hall, you can observe the wild birds with one of the rangers who protect the Miyakejima wildlife. Toshiaki Suzuki, a ranger of the Wild Bird Society of Japan, says, "Wild birds native to Japan live on Miyakejima. In the Observation Area, you can watch those wild birds."
After learning about wild birds at the Center, take a short walk down the mountain to the best birdwatching spot on the island, Tairo-ike Pond. Just gazing at the calm surface of the pond from the jetty refreshes your soul. If you're lucky enough to glimpse the birds flitting from tree to tree and hear their adorable warbling, your heart is sure to soar.