Tips On Mikurajima – Where To Stay, What to Prepare

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For an island vacation without the need to leave Japan, head to Mikurajima. One of the many Izu islands, Mikurajima is known nationwide for the wild Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins that inhabit the island. Here, we will be sharing the best of Mikurajima as told by a flight attendant.
Start planning for your trip by booking a place to stay. Accommodation is limited and can fill up fast during high season. It’s best to book a place as soon as you decide to go. Check the Mikurajima Tourist Information Center website for a list of places to stay. My personal favorites are ‘Mikurasou’, ‘Marui’ and ‘Nishikawa’.


The only hotel on the island, every corner of this hotel is immaculately clean, and as it stands on high ground, they have a great view of the village and bridge. On a clear day, you can watch the sun setting into the sea while you dine. The largest room can fit up to 10, so it’s suited for group travel as well. It’s good fun to soak in the large communal bath and enjoy the ocean view with fellow travelers. If you stay here, I recommend the ‘Katsudori-maru’ for boat trips. The boat comes with a private guide so even if you are inexperienced, you needn’t worry. We went on a dolphin watch on the ‘Katsudori-maru’ and had an amazing time!
Website here.(Japanese Only)

A friend who has stayed here many times before recommended this place to us. It’s popular with tourists who plan on going on a dolphin watch. If the staff aren’t too busy and the weather is good, they will sometimes pull out a boat early in the morning. It’s great going out so early in the morning when there aren’t many other boats out yet. You get to take your time watching the dolphins (that said, it also depends on the dolphins’ moods…). This boat too has a friendly guide, so it’s great for beginners.

The captain is incredibly skilled with the steering, so he’s sure to help you find a great spot for observing the dolphins.
Website here.(Japanese Only)

An inn that feels just like home, the mother cooks delicious food for the guests. I stayed here on my first solo trip to Mikurajima. There’s a bathtub in the bathroom, and on cooler days, a warm bath after a swim feels is rejuvenating. I am always soothed by the many cats that live on the grounds. If you want to dolphin watch while staying here, they can help introduce you to the staff of the ‘Sirius’. The captain, Mr. Omori is careful not to stress the dolphins, and I know many who return to this boat for his gentle character. The Sirius too comes with a dedicated guide who will carefully explain safety procedures before you go in the water. Highly recommended for beginners.

After your encounter with the dolphins, the staff will help you take a photo which they will print for you before bedtime. A great souvenir every time.
Website here.(Japanese Only)

What To Check Before Heading To Mikurajima

1.Check the island weather

Depending on weather and condition of the sea, boats may not be able to reach shore. It’s important to keep an eye on the weather starting a few days before your departures. I use this site that the islanders built to check the weather.

2.Check Forecasts, Kuroshio Current, water temperature and wave height

You can check weather forecast, Kuroshio Current, water temperature and wave heights at this site called ‘Mikurajima Sanbashi Camera’. If a typhoon is approaching, contact the staff at the place where you will be staying to see what actions to take. The site also has maps and contact information for accommodation.
Take a look here (Japanese only)

Preparing for a dolphin watch

For first timers, I recommend reading ‘iruka-inaika’ (Japanese Only)published by the Mikurajima Tourism board filled with tips on dolphin watching. Every single dolphin inhabiting Mikurajima have been identified by experts. This book contains tips on identifying them, as well as instructions, tips and things to watch out for. It’s sold at shops and inns around the island.

For those of you planning on going dolphin watching as soon as you arrive, call your accommodation to see if they can help you get a copy. I’ve spotted a few copies before at the Tokyo Island shop at Takeshiba pier.(Japanese Only) If you want a copy before your trip, give them a call to find out if they have a copy.

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