Iwo Jima, Japan

Iwo Jima is an island of the Japanese Volcano Islands chain. It lies south of the Ogasawara Islands and together with them forms the Ogasawara Archipelago. The island is located 650 nautical miles (750 mi; 1,200 km) south of mainland Tokyo and administered as part of Ogasawara, one of eight villages of Tokyo (but is presently uninhabited).

The most prominent feature is Mount Suribachi on the southern tip, a vent that is thought to be dormant and is 161 meters (528 ft) high. Named after a Japanese grinding bowl, the summit of Mount Suribachi is the highest point on the island. Iwo Jima is unusually flat and featureless for a volcanic island.

It is famous as the setting of the February-March 1945 Battle of Iwo Jima between the United States and the Empire of Japan during World War II. The island grew in recognition in the west when the iconic photograph Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima was taken during the battle. The U.S. occupied Iwo Jima until 1968, when it was returned to Japan.

General information

Cruise Season - Jan - Dec
Currency - Yen (JPY)
Language - Japanese
Land Area - 21 km2
Electricity - 2 perpendicular flat pins USA style or with a round pin below
Time - GMT plus hours nine hours