Wharf at Mikurajima
Location of Mikurajima in Tokyo Metropolis
|• Total||27.58 km2 (10.65 sq mi)|
|Population (March 2011)|
|• Density||15.1/km2 (39/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|Address||Aza Irikanegasawa Miyakejima-mura, Tōkyō-to 100-1301|
Mikurajima Village covers the inhabited island of Mikurajima, one of the northern islands in the Izu archipelago in the Philippine Sea, 200 kilometres (120 mi) south of Tokyo and 19 kilometres (12 mi) south-southeast of Miyakejima, and the uninhabited islet of Inambajima. Warmed by the Kuroshio Current, the village has a warmer and wetter climate than central Tokyo.
Mikurajima Village was founded on October 1, 1923, when the Izu islands were administratively divided into villages and town.
The village economy is dominated by seasonal tourism supplemented by forestry and commercial fishing. There is also some small-scale farming. Tourists come for sports fishing and scuba diving. Due to its difficulty of access, it receives considerably fewer visitors than the other islands in the Izu chain. Due to the low population and limited number of visitors, the natural habitat remains relatively untainted. Electric power on to the village is provided by a small hydroelectric power plant.
Mikurajima has no major harbor. Apart from the dolphin tours, access to the island is limited to the Tōkai Kisen ferry that sails from Miyakejima and helicopter to Hachijōjima, Izu Ōshima and Miyakejima.
The village operates a public elementary and junior high school.
- Village home page (Japanese)
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