Toshima
利島村
Village
Location of Toshima in Tokyo Metropolis
Toshima
Toshima
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 34°31′17″N 139°16′48″E / 34.52139°N 139.28000°E / 34.52139; 139.28000Coordinates: 34°31′17″N 139°16′48″E / 34.52139°N 139.28000°E / 34.52139; 139.28000
CountryJapan
RegionKantō
PrefectureTokyo Metropolis
Government
 • MayorKazuhisa Umeda
Area
 • Total4.12 km2 (1.59 sq mi)
Population
 (May 2008)
 • Total309
 • Density75/km2 (190/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+09:00 (JST)
City hall address248, Toshima-mura, Tōkyō-to
100-0301
Websitewww.toshimamura.org

Toshima (利島村, Toshima-mura) is a village located in Ōshima Subprefecture, Tokyo Metropolis, Japan. The village comprises the whole of To-shima Island.

The island, at 4.12 square kilometres (1.59 square miles), is one of the smallest inhabited islands in the Izu Island chain. Approximately 330 people live on the island. Eighty per cent of the island is covered by camellia forests. From November to March, much of the island is red from the camellia flowers. The island is also home to the Saku lily (Lilium auratum var. platyphyllum), the largest lily in the world.

The island is between Izu Ōshima, the largest of the Izu Islands, and Nii-jima. Ferries that sail to Nii-jima make a brief stop in To-shima. Toshima is also accessible (weather permitting) by helicopter departing from Ōshima island, from Ōshima airport it is a 10-minute flight to To-shima.

The main industry on To-shima is fishing. There is some small-scale farming and tourism.

Geography

To-shima (利島), a volcanic island in the Izu Islands.[1] The island is administered by the Tōkyō Metropolitan government, Japan, lies south of Tōkyō and east of the Izu Peninsula, Shizuoka Prefecture. To-shima forms part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. The island has been recognised as an Important Bird Area (IBA) by BirdLife International because it supports populations of Japanese wood pigeons, Pleske's grasshopper warblers, Ijima's leaf-warblers and Izu thrushes.[2]

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Notes

  1. ^ Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Izu Shotō," Japan Encyclopedia, p. 412.
  2. ^ "Toshima island". BirdLife Data Zone. BirdLife International. 2021. Retrieved 6 February 2021.

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