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Trip to uninhabited natural island (Sarushima) by Agus

2012.02.17

Trip to uninhabited natural island (Sarushima) by Agus

 
Sarushima
I heard that there is a uninhabited island called Sarushima in Tokyo bay, so I’m going to find out what kind of island it is!!
Yokosuka-chuou Station
Map from Yokosuka-chuou station
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The city sights of Yokosuka
Shiyakusho-mae Park
Mikasa park avenue
 
The miniature of Nihon-maru at Mikasa avenue
 
Deai (Encounter)
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Mikasa Park
 
The entrance of Mikasa park
 
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 The sights of Mikasa park
 
 
Bronze statue of Heihachiro Togo, The fleet Admiral in the Imperial Japanese Navy
during Russo-Japanese war. He is one of Japan's greatest naval heroes.
 
This steam locomotive is used as a water tank for emergencies.
 

 

 
The monument of light
 
 
 
One of eight music fountains in Mikasa park
The open air fountain
The museum of Mikasa Battleship
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Mikasa Piere

Sarushima is an uninhabited island, located just off the coast of Yokosuka, Kanagawa that can be visited 10 minutes by boat ride from Mikasa park, 1200 Yen for adults, and 600 yen for childern.

The boat
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The entrance of Sarushima
 

 

Sarushima is the only natural deserted island in the Tokyo bay, and during the Meiji period it was used as a fortress once, but these days it Sarushima is a popular trip destination in summer as fishing, picnics, swimming and birdwatching place.

 

 
 
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Behind the name

 

Sarushima means Monkey Island in English, but there are no actual Monkey on the island. There are many myths about behind the name of Sarushima, one of the myths tells that there was a priest lost his way on the sea by the storm, and a white monkey appeared and led him to the island where he could land safely.

 

Umiu is nest

For the birdwatching activity, Sarushima is an natural habitat for Umiu (Temminck's cormorant)

The snow which looks like white rock is the nest of the bird, covered with the birds feces and urine.

 

 

 

Access
Sarushima can be accesed from Yokosuka Chuo Station on the Keihin Electric Express Railway line , it’s about 350 yen from Yokohama Station.
Address: 82, Inaoka, Yokosuka-shi, Kanagawa, Japan.
Information:
TEL 046-824-6291 (Mikasa Park Management Office)
 TEL 046-825-7144 (Sarushima Management Office)
 
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Rental shop for the BBQ and etc
 

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Exploring the island
 
 
 

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The sights of Sarushima fortress
Map of the Sarushima fortress
Relics of the fortress
 
 Most of the doorways are blocked,
but the deeper you go, you can enjoy the exploration of the fortress!
 
 
 
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Birdwatching