Ogasawara, Ye ‘Ol Land o’ Tropical Paradise

Thinking of visiting Ogasawara or staying at Pelan Village?

You’ve come to the right place.

This photo gallery will give you a photographic glimpse into what life is like on this gorgeous island.


 

Click each photo to enlarge it and read a description.

 

These pictures mostly sum up all the perks of visiting or living at Pelan Village in Ogasawara. Broadly, the cons include: periodic loneliness, unreasonable grumpiness, certain homesickness, lack of eligible bachelors/bachelorettes, overcoming communication barriers, terrible summertime sunburns, mosquitos feastin’ on your flesh, and roasting 7 rats over an open fire with which to feed the dogs (just kidding, I enjoyed that bit).

You might be wondering: Where exactly IS Ogasawara? It is located 1000km from Tokyo in the Pacific Ocean, level with Okinawa. Ogasawara is home to many endemic species and boasts a sleepy little town and laid-back island culture.

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18 Comments Add yours

  1. nipponaholic says:

    Thank you for sharing! I love your blog and Ogasawara is indeed beautiful, where i’m planning to go in May during Golden week holidays. It is on top of my list and i cant wait to see it by myself.

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    1. Kaori Freda says:

      Make sure to reserve tickets on the Ogasawaramaru ferry ahead of time! Tickets can sell out quickly during peak tourist seasons. I would recommend staying at either eco-tourist village Pelan Village, for exceptional community (and the cheapest rates on the island) or Pat Inn, whose architectural design is simply gorgeous!

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      1. nipponaholic says:

        Yes i am actually looking at Pelan Village as I want to be as close as possible to the nature, and stay on budget. Will you still be there in May?
        And Pat Inn is gorgeous 🙂 but out of my budget for this trip sadly ><

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      2. Kaori Freda says:

        Pelan Village is really an incredible community- the hosts teach yoga, have massage sessions, and offer sea-kayaking tours. On top of that, when you arrive they host a welcome dinner party and tell lovely stories. There are some fun quirks, including a compost toilet and solar-powered showers (which may mean chillier showers that you might be used to) but all that asides, I would highly recommend it. They’ve really gone out of their way to make me feel like family while I’ve volunteered here. I might be here in May but I’m not sure, as this is an open-ended volunteer agreement. Keep in touch!

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      3. Kaori Freda says:

        Plus, Pelan Village is super close to 3 lovely beaches and a bunch of hiking trails!

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      4. nipponaholic says:

        Sounds perfect! Chika told me the rooms are full T_T but will check if someone can share a room with me, waiting for her reply. Can imagine that golden week must be busy. Fingers crossed.

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      5. Kaori Freda says:

        Oh no!!! Well, you can go sea kayaking with Ryo or do yoga with Chika! You can check it out on the new websites I helped build: http://www.ecovillagepelan.wordpress.com and https://chikayogamassage.wordpress.com/. I hope a spot opens up and you can come experience Pelan Village!

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  2. nipponaholic says:

    Thanks! Checked those new websites, very nice 🙂
    O well, if there’s no spot for me in Pelan, I’ll probably come after GW then, guess GW is busy on the island… Indeed want to go sea kayaking with Ryo and yoga with Chika!

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  3. nipponaholic says:

    Oh and I like your new theme btw 🙂 very colorful!

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    1. Kaori Freda says:

      aw, shucks! thanks!
      let me know if you make your way over here. If I’m still here, I’ll tour you around!

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      1. nipponaholic says:

        OKAY! that motivates me more to go! wish i get a place, i just need a bed T_T hope you will still be there

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      2. Kaori Freda says:

        Chika told me that you’re coming during Golden Week! Are you excited?!

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      3. nipponaholic says:

        Yes! I am if I get the ferry tickets! Chika told me someone is willing to share a room with me, is that you?

        I’m very excited to finally make Ogasawara happen, it’s always been on top of my list. Fingers crossed that I get the ferry tickets.

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      4. Kaori Freda says:

        It isn’t me, since I’m a volunteer and have a separate room. Excited for you! It is lovely here, but do expect the energy-saving restroom facilities, they are not what you might be used to!

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      5. nipponaholic says:

        Yea I saw that but it will be a good experience for sure. I want a trip to be closest to the nature, though I’m scared of bugs… but whatever!!

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      6. Kaori Freda says:

        I gotta say, there are a ton of bugs here tho: snails, hermit crabs (do those count?) rolie polies, cockroaches too….. will you be ok?

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      7. nipponaholic says:

        ummm im okay with snails and hermit crabs, and rolie polies too.. the one thing im really terrified with in my life is cockroach… but i really want to experience the eco community, so i will try to prepare myself. think other than bugs, i will have a great and unforgettable experience 🙂

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      8. nipponaholic says:

        I reserved the ferry ticket to Chichijima! cant wait!

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