The Iwo Jima, officially known as Ioto, is a small, uninhabited island, part of the Japanese Volcano Islands chain, which form the southern end of the islands of Ogasawara. It is located south of the capital Tokyo, 750 miles out in sea. The name comes from the traditional Ioto, where to meant island, and derived into Iwojima, jima being an alternative pronunciation of to, later being simply referred to as Iwo Jima.
The island is occupied by military personnel, and it is famous for the Battle of Iwo Jima, in the Second World War, when the United States took control over the island. Japan regained the island later, in 1968.
A map of Iwo Jima commonly shows the main sites where battles have occurred, the sites where former military bases used to stand, the current military bases that have been built and the roads connecting one end of the island with another.
This historical immense landmark is covered with important sites, monuments and several structures reminding of the important battle taken place on the island. The region is not inhabited, only military staff can be seen in the military bases of Iwo Jima. The island is open for short stops and visits for tourists, and stirs some interest from historians and tourists alike.
The Hamare Rock islands, in the north east of Iwo Jima, the Kamgoku Rock, situated in the North west, the Kame Rock island, found in the west of the primary island of Iwo Jima, can all be seen on a map of Iwo Jima, and have a unique, savage appearance.
The island is divided into six different sectors, each carefully coordinated. The Northern, the Eastern, the Southern and the Western sector stand besides the Mt Suribachi Sector and the center sector. Three different airfields, spread around these sectors, ensure the fastest connections with the outer world.
The Motoyama, the Higashi, the Kita, the Nishi and the Minami settlements are all powerful military bases organized after the island returned to Japan. The Amphitheater in Minami, the Querry, and the East Boat Basin are lovely sites, with a strong historical meaning, worth visiting.
The Tachiwa Point, the Tobiishi Point and the Kitano Point, found on the map of Iwo Jima together with several other sites on the island offer beautiful views over the Pacific Ocean and the long beaches. Travelers can enjoy an impressive day spent on the island, learning about history and experiencing incredible feelings.