Beat the odds and swim with the dolphins around a tiny island south of Tokyo
Folks in the Tokyo area who want to swim with wild dolphins don’t have to travel far or spend a fortune to realize their dreams.
All you have to do is get to Mikura, one of the Izu islands, which is 124 miles and an eight-hour ferry ride south of the city.
The ferry leaves at around 10:30 p.m. from Tokyo’s Takeshiba Port and gets to the island by 6 a.m.; however, Mikura is a notoriously difficult place to dock a ship. There are no reefs or a beach around Mikura, meaning nothing protects the skinny, pointy pier from the waves.
When the sea gets rough, or a strong northern wind blows, the waves often wash over the pier, and ships are unable to dock. In 2018, only 59% percent of arriving ships, on average, were able to dock at Mikura. If that happens to you, don’t worry, they refund the ferry fare and you can try again.
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