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The Faraway Island- Aogashima, Tokyo

Ever wished to move towards a quaint, faraway island where you just leave all your stressful city life behind and dwell into a place with countrymen with an open heart and an open mind?

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Ever wished to move towards a quaint, faraway island where you just leave all your stressful city life behind and dwell into a place with countrymen with an open heart and an open mind? If you have then we’re sure you would enjoy a serendipitous escape to Aogashima Island. It’s not all that surprising then, that about 200 people actually inhabit the Japanese volcanic island of Aogashima, with only one school and a single post office. Aogashima Island is located 358 kilometres (222 mi) south of central Tokyo in the Philippine Sea and is just 3.5 kilometers long and 2.5 kilometers wide. What makes this island uniquely interesting is the fact the entire island is formed out of an active volcano’s crater. Roughly 200 people live on this tiny volcanic island, apparently not taking the hint from when the volcano last erupted in the late 18th century, killing many villagers and forcing the entire population to flee the island for nearly 50 years.

Aogashima is a wonderful place to relax and unwind, sprawling in all the serenity. Scuba diving is a popular activity in the deep intensely blue waters. You could also consider hiking and camping by the volcano, or visiting the volcanic hot springs. In the very center of the island is a geothermal sauna.

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