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A road runs to the slope of the volcano, from where you can see Mt Fuji on a clear day. From here, you can hike 45 minutes to the 754m summit to peer into the still-steaming crater. It's another 45-minute hike around the rim of the crater, with stellar views 360 degrees around – it's fascinating to observe the path of previous lava flows. The Ō-shima Tourist Association can help with taxis and bus schedules.

There's great interpretive signage in English at various points of interest (and concrete shelters, just in case).

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1. Jōgasaki-kaigan

17.49 MILES

A cliffside hiking trail winds over volcanic rock and through pine forest along the gorgeous Jōgasaki coast south of Itō. Most visitors head to Kadowaki…

2. Mt Ōmuro

20.07 MILES

Ten kilometres south of Itō is this dormant rice-bowl volcano, a perfectly smooth, steep-sided grassy mound. Ride the chairlift to the 580m summit where…

3. Ikeda Museum of 20th Century Art

20.26 MILES

Art lovers will not want to miss out on this treasure trove of big names, such as Dalí, Warhol, Renoir, Picasso, and Lichtenstein, all on show in an…

4. Nagisa Park

22.84 MILES

At the southern end of Orange Beach, this little park is studded with photogenic bronze figurative sculptures by local artist Shigeoka Kenji.

5. Tōkaikan

22.93 MILES

This grand inn (c 1928) is now a national monument for its fine woodwork. Each of its three storeys was designed by a different master carpenter;…

6. Gyokusen-ji

24.29 MILES

Founded in 1590, this Zen temple is most famous as the first Western consulate in Japan, established in 1856. A small museum has artefacts of the life of…

7. Perry Monument

25.28 MILES

The plinth-mounted bust of Matthew C Perry commemorates the landing of the US commodore and his men at this spot in 1854, a short hop from Perry Road.

8. Shimoda Kōen

25.32 MILES

If you keep walking east from Perry Rd, you can climb the steps into the hillside park of Shimoda Kōen, which overlooks the bay. It's loveliest in June,…