Aogashima Volcano Island is Japan’s Best Kept Secret

Chureito Pagoda, Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi, Japan
Chureito Pagoda, Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi, Japan. Photo by Svetlana Gumerova on Unsplash

Aogashima Volcano Island is a hidden gem that even some of the most seasoned travelers might not have on their radar. Located, in the heart of the Pacific Ocean, Aogashima is a living testament to the Earth’s raw power and serene beauty, all wrapped into one. Let’s take a closer look.

The Island Like No Other

Aogashima is a volcanic island that could easily be the setting for a mystical story. The island is essentially a volcano within a volcano. The outer crater of the island has a smaller, active volcano in its center. This rare geological phenomenon creates a unique landscape that is both daunting and inviting.

Life on Aogashima

Despite the potential danger posed by living on an active volcano, the small community on Aogashima embraces their unique home with warmth and resilience. With a population of just over 160 people, the community is tight-knit. They live in harmony with their natural environment. The islanders utilize geothermal energy for daily cooking in steam-cooking facilities and heating public baths. It’s an impressive model of sustainable living.


Aogashima is slowly gaining recognition. But for adventure travelers, the breathtaking natural beauty, and the sheer uniqueness of life on a volcanic island is already a must-visit destination.