“I want to visit some deserted island.”
Anyone could have pondered on such a thought at least once. The idea will easily come true once you visit Sarushima Island. It is the only uninhabited island in Tokyo Bay and popular as a tourist spot.
While the island is usually uninhabited today, it has not always been the case. It was once used as a military base and had a fortress for the defense of the capital city. The island was not accessible to the general public when the base was in use but is now reachable relatively easily with regular ferry services that run daily.
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- 2 Looming Nostalgia in the Sceneries Reference: flickr The scenery like the one you can see in this photo is what makes the island greatly popular as a tourist destination. The island is scattered with many atmospheric remains of the old fortress, which will remind you of “Laputa: Castle in the Sky,” one of the Ghibli movies by Hayao Miyazaki; the decadent air that seems to bring time to a halt, mossy walls entangled with vines, red brick structures, a long tunnel filled with a daunting atmosphere, all surrounded by rich and deep nature. Amidst the contrast of the rich greeneries and red brick structures, you cannot help but find yourself anticipating one of the robot soldiers from the movie pass you. Best Way to Spend Time on the Island
Sarushima Island was designated as a historic landmark by the Japanese government in 2015. The ancient earthenware and human bones excavated here suggested that the island was already inhabited as early as the Neolithic era.
Exploited as a military base during the Second World War, as already mentioned, there are still remains of the fortress facilities around the island today. This photo shows the wall made by what was called “French Style” brick piling, which can be rarely found anywhere else in Japan.
The island also has a cave, in which Nichiren, the famous priest from around the 13th century, is said to have taken refuge for some time when he was shipwrecked and drifted here. The cave is also associated with various other legends, one of which says the island is connected by some submarine route to Enoshima in Kanagawa Prefecture, which is actually very far away from the island. Leaving the credibility of such legends aside, the island is certainly a place filled with very romantic tales and atmosphere.