Mt. Mihara & Ura-sabaku Desert Day Tour

Explore the otherworldly Izu Oshima Island on this guided tour. Located south of Tokyo, this island owes its unique geography to volcanic activity. Trek around Mt. Mihara's crater and discover the island's other natural wonders!

Mention Tokyo and most people will think of a futuristic metropolis, but Japan’s capital has more to offer than just the well-known city center! South of the city is a chain of islands that are part of Tokyo Metropolis’ jurisdiction, including the Izu Islands. Most of these islands are just a few hours away from Tokyo by ferry or plane.

The largest of the Izu Islands, Izu Oshima, is the most easily accessible from Tokyo. Volcanic activity is responsible for Izu Oshima’s hot springs and unique geographical features, such as cliffs with striped formations that resemble baumkuchen cakes. Due to its unique landscape, this laid-back island was designated as geopark in 2010.

On this guided trekking tour, you’ll discover the many natural wonders that await you here. If you’re looking to see this otherworldly island’s attractions in a day, this tour is for you! Pick-up is offered on this tour, which means that you can join in right as soon as you land at either of Izu Oshima’s two ports.

You'll begin with a trek around the crater of Mt. Mihara, the island's best-known mountain. Your trek starts at the Mihara-sanchoguchi parking lot, considered the gateway to the mountain. A volcano that’s been mentioned in iconic pop-culture franchises such as Godzilla and The Ring, Mt. Mihara is a popular spot for hiking, trekking, and sightseeing.

Your next destination is Ura-Sabaku Desert, another example of the island’s distinctive geography. Covered in black, pebble-sized volcanic rocks called 'scoria' — hardened lava sediment, Ura-Sabaku is said to resemble the jagged, barren landscape of the moon or Mars. Don’t forget to take some social media-worthy photos here!

After marveling at Ura-Sabaku, you’ll visit two more attractions: Geo Rock Garden, where you can see even more volcanic rocks and rock formations. You’ll also see a mysterious forest. Here, verdant trees form a tunnel-like trail and stand so close together that it’s as if sunlight shines through them.

Finally, your tour will come to an end at Oshima Onsen Hotel — also known as Miharayama Onsen Hotel — at the foot of Mt. Mihara. If you like, take a relaxing soak in this hot-spring hotel’s open-air bath — which offers stunning panoramic views of Mt. Mihara — before heading back to your accommodation, either on your own or via our free drop-off service.

No matter when you visit Izu Oshima, you’ll be treated to awe-inspiring, scenic views. For a quick getaway from Tokyo without technically leaving the metropolis, visit this Tokyo island for a change of pace!

Hotel Pick-Up schedule

  • 08:30 — Pick-up at your accommodation
  • 09:00 — Arrive at Mihara-sanchoguchi parking lot; begin trekking
  • 10:20 — Trek around the crater of Mt. Mihara; lunch break
  • 12:20 — Visit Ura-Sabaku Desert
  • 13:10 — Visit Geo Rock Garden
  • 13:50 — Walk through a forest
  • 14:30 — Tour ends at Oshima Onsen Hotel; drop-off at Okada Port, Motomachi Port; or your accommodation (optional)

Port Pick-Up schedule

  • 10:30 — Pick-up at Okada Port or Motomachi Port
  • 11:00 — Arrive at Mihara-sanchoguchi parking lot; begin trekking
  • 12:00 — Lunch
  • 12:30 — Trek around the crater of Mt. Mihara
  • 14:20 — Visit Ura-Sabaku Desert
  • 15:10 — Visit Geo Rock Garden
  • 15:50 — Walk through a forest
  • 16:30 — Tour ends at Oshima Onsen Hotel; drop-off at Okada Port, Motomachi Port; or your accommodation (optional)


2 Working Days
6 hours
Location Pick-up
Voucher Type
No Amendments
No Refunds

Operating Hours

Hotel pick-up: 8.30am - 2.30pm

Port pick-up: 10.30am - 4.30pm

What You Get

Mt. Mihara & Ura-Sabaku Desert Day Tour

Adult: 16 years old and above

Child: 0 to 15 years old

  • Pick-up
  • English-speaking guide (conversational-level English only)
  • Insurance
  • Tea
  • Drop-off 
  • Lunch 
  • Personal expenses
Additional information:
  • This tour requires at least 2 participants
  • Participants must be in good physical condition and fit for trekking
  • Children aged 0–15 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian
  • We will not cancel the tour in the case of light rain
  • If we have to cancel the tour due to bad weather, we will contact you the day before to refund or reschedule
  • Pick-up and drop-off are provided for free. Available pick-up and drop-off points are Okada Port, Motomachi Port, and hotels in the area between both ports
  • This activity has 2 available start times: 08:30 (for those who wish to be picked up at their accommodation) and 10:30 (for those who wish to be picked up at Okada Port or Motomachi Port)
  • If you wish to stay behind to use Oshima Onsen Hotel's hot-spring baths, please call a taxi to arrange for your return to your accommodation
  • This activity is available February 1, 2020–January 31, 2021, daily

Terms and Conditions

  • Changi Recommends and the appointed operator will not be responsible for any accidents, loss of property or damaged caused by individual negligence
  • The e-ticket/e-voucher cannot be exchanged for cash or used on more than one occasion
  • Any alteration(s) on the e-ticket/e-voucher will not be accepted by Changi Recommends and the appointed merchant
  • In the event of unforeseen circumstances that affects tour departure or ticket/voucher invalidity, customers will be notified and be advised accordingly

Cancellation Policy:

  • No refunds will be entertained for cancellations
  • There will be no refunds even if included items are not utilised by the visitor
  • In the event of late comers/no show, it would be considered as cancellation and no refund will be given

Upon purchase of the ticket, you will receive an email confirmation with e-ticket/e-voucher within two days. Tours and tickets are subjected to availability and are not confirmed until a second confirmation email is received.

Item Price (SGD) Quantity
16 years old and above
0 to 15 years old

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