Pelan Village Online Media

Various guests and volunteers have documented their experience about Pelan Village online. If you’d like to read about their time staying here, please check out the links below.


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Rain Again

Kaori Freda, creator and manager of this English website for Pelan Village, is a WWOOF volunteer who is currently living on Chichijima. She keeps a blog about her experience living at Pelan Village (including New Years festivities) and what it is like to wake up to each new day on this tropical paradise called Ogasawara. You can learn more about WWOOFing at Pelan Village here.


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Architecture of Travel

Caitlin Carlier created Architecture of Travel to document and share lovely photos of lovely places, in hopes of inspiring future travel and using it as a guide to refer back to. She covers architecture in China, Japan, South Korea, India, and more. She volunteered at Pelan Village for a while through WWOOF, World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms, and wrote a great piece about the village here, a post about Chika’s special peanut butter substitute recipe, and about the cozy Jungle House down the mountain path.


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Ludy’s Bonin Base

Ludy Sforza, the island’s translator and English tutor, created this website to introduce foreigners to the many wonders on Chichijima. Follow his blog posts to get a feel for what life is like on the island throughout the four seasons. Ludy writes about Pelan Village in this post.



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Born in Surf

This stunning surfing documentary by Nami and Matt walks the audience through contemporary surfing history through seven interviews with the island’s best surfers. The documentary  interviews Pelan Village’s Ryo Shimizu on his philosophy of surfing on the Ogasawara Archipelago. Documentary DVDs are available for sale on the website.


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Established in 2002 by Knee High Media Japan, this inspirational magazine makes it their mission to feature “unique stories and stunning photography which offers readers the sensation of travel”. To read about Pelan Village’s beginnings, read this article, “Memories of Island Life”.


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Life in Bonin Islands

This blog tracks the life of a city-dweller turned islander. There are a few cursory posts about living at Pelan Village.


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Born in Surf, a stunning surfing documentary filmed and directed by Nami Miyagawa and Matthew Clem, interviewed Pelan Village’s Ryo Shimizu on his life and love of surfing.

Here is an excerpt below. To watch a trailer to check out the upcoming DVD, head over to Born in Surf’s website.

Ryo Shimizu
Hooked on surfing, Ryo realized he had to live near the ocean. This moment led him to Ogasawara where he built his own home and guest house in Coffee Mountain overlooking yakiba beach. Pelan Village is a WWOOFing location and a state of mind, founded with the goal to live a lifestyle that will preserve the earth for the next 7 generations.  Ryo believes this is possible by changing the things that anyone, anywhere, and anytime are capable of doing.  The water saving process and lifestyle at Pelan certainly inspire the visitor to think more deeply and creatively about the resources we consume.  Ryo is also a kayaking tour guide and a founding member of Ogasawara’s Kaname Kai–a club that organizes an annual outrigger canoe race and other events focused on getting everyone involved with the ocean.  A passionate member of the Ogasawara community, Shimizu-san is constantly working to create opportunities for everyone.

Source: Stories

Chika Yoga Class Descriptions



Morning Yoga

Witness the overwhelming beauty of the island sunrise as you do sun salutations and watch whales breaching in the distant ocean. You will be greet a bright new day at one of the highest points on the island at the Weather Station, with an incredible view of the surrounding islands.

I lead this unique class in the early morning, with satsanga (communal philosophical discussions), prayanayama (breath control exercises), meditation mantras, assana yoga poses, and sun salutations. The sun will bathe your body in warm light as you move in sync with your classmates.

This class is split between standing and movement poses and sedentary relaxation poses. This course is suitable for beginners as well as all levels.

Join us every Sunday from 6:00 a.m. – 7:30 a.m. at the Weather Station.

(Times vary a little according to the season. Location varies from Maehama Beach, Komagari Botanical Gardens, O-oneyama Cemetary).

Class fees are donation based.


Hatha Yoga

In this beginner’s class, you will be able to relax your entire body through a series of assana exercises. I lead the class with healing communal discussion and then segues into restful deep breathing exercises.

You will tap into a deeper sense of inner peace and being with meditation mantras and relaxing asana poses. Hatha yoga focuses on a careful and thorough relaxation of the entire body while healing the mind.

Throughout the class, we will focus on the balance of the body and the mind so that you come away feeling cleansed and ready for a new day. While all levels are invited to join, this course is especially good for beginner yogis.

Join us every Friday from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at Copepe Beach.

On rainy days, we relocate to Okumura Koryu Center.

Class fees are donation based.

Vinyasa Flow Yoga

In this class, we emphasize active movements and breath syncopation. This type of yoga is like a kind of dance; a dance between the movement of the inner organs, the breath that acts as a musical beat, the body’s physical movements in space.

The exercises in this class will leave you feeling spiritually pure and stretched.

If you want to join this class then be sure you aren’t afraid of a lot of hardwork and sweat!

Join us as we move, twice a month during the ship’s departure time, from 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m, at Ogiura Koryu Center.

Times vary so please check the monthly schedule on the website or message me.

Class fees are donation based.

***Reccomendation: Before you come to this course, it is best if you eat lunch earlier than usual to allow your stomach to digest. That way, you will feel light and totally ready for vinyasa yoga.

Full Moon Meditation

Every month during the evening of the full moon I host a relaxing meditation class. At the beginning, I lead with a little yoga, breath control exercises, meditation mantras, and at the end, there is a 20 minute long guided meditation.

During this class, we light candles for quiet meditation so that you can find peace within your mind.

Join us every full moon, from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m, at Ogiura Koryu Center. Location varies.

Class fees are donation based.

Sunrise Yoga

When it looks like it’ll be a splendid day tomorrow, there is a Sunrise Yoga class held on the east side of the island. There, we will be able to see the sunrise from the horizon and will do yoga as the sun rises. It is so beautiful that we just feel overwhelming gratitude for the earth and its abundant life.

Sunrise yoga is similar to morning yoga, and is split between standing movement poses and sedentary relaxation poses.

This class is not held regularly, and is 90 minutes in duration. The class is held in front of Mt. Kasayama.

If you want to attend this class, please get in touch with me to request a group session, and I will try my best to arrange it.

If I has a sudden change of plans, I will be sure to let you know about rescheduling via facebook or blog update.

Class fees are donation based.

Yoga Retreat

This yoga course is held over three days to teach beginners the basic routine. It is also a great refresher for experienced yogis and a good way to hone a specific posture.

It is a course for tourists and for islanders and if you want to take this course please contact me to arrange it.

The course is 3 days in length from 7:30-8:30, held at Copepe Beach or Pelan Village.

For three days, it costs ¥5,000. (There is a discount for Bonin Islanders.)

***Notice: You can also reserve accomodation at eco-tourist Pelan Village. Their website is here.


Private Classes

Private classes are available for individual sessions or group classes, especially if you can’t make the other class times. You can choose what kind of yoga you want to focus on during a private class.

To arrange a private class, please contact me.

90 minutes for 1 person is ¥2000.






Tel          04998-2-3386

Ogasawara Village Tourist Association


Tel        04998-2-2587

Ogasawara Kaiun (ferry)


Tel  (booking) 03-3451-5171

      (Takesiba) 03-3433-1251

      (Titijima)  04998-2-2111


Advice on how to buy Ogasawara Maru tickets.

The Ogasawaramaru ferry only leaves Tokyo once a week, and has a carrying capacity of about 800 passengers. The trip from the Takeshiba pier in Tokyo to Chichijima in Ogasawara is about 25 hours long. Check out the Ogasawara Tourist Village Association website for more information about what to expect on the islands and how to navigate Takeshiba pier.

You can either buy them on the phone or at the ferry office at the Tokyo Takeshiba harbor. Detailed instructions on how to buy tickets are outlined on the ferry website: click here for information.

General information in English also can be found here and the sailing schedule can be accessed here. Information about things to do on the island are described here.

Tickets are sold up to three months before boarding.

It is really important that you check the departure and arrival dates of the Ogasawara Kaiun, as the ship can get delayed according to the weather and tides.

There are 3 ways to get tickets.

①You go directly to the tickets counter at the Takeshiba harbor in Tokyo.

During the holiday seasons (especially New Years, Golden Week, and Obon) there can be really long lines and the wait can last hours. During the low season you can buy tickets on the day you board.

②You can buy ferry tickets from the tourist company “National Land”. If you email them in English they can give you instructions on how to reserve tickets. They charge a fee but this is an easy way for foreigners to obtain tickets.

National Land
TEL:  03-3431-3001(mondayfriday10:00~18:00
National Land representatives can communicate in both English & Spanish.
Acepta unas preguntas en español tambièn.

③There are ticket machines selling Ogasawaramaru tickets in convenience stores in Japan.

As soon as tickets for the desired date of boarding begins, head to these machines at 9 am and try to get tickets. Even if you are unable to obtain tickets, try again over a period of many days afterward.

Forewarning: competition for buying tickets is really high during these times: New Years holiday, Golden Week (end of April- beginning of May), August, and March. During other season it is easy to buy tickets at the Tokyo Takeshiba harbor.




Islanders wave tourists off with music, taiko drumming, and Hawaiian leis. Photo by Dale Robinson Photography.

Special Tours


Let’s go on an expedition to the ocean and mountain of Ogasawara by sea kayak.
With a Pelan special tour, you can enjoy snorkeling, swimming fishing, and jungle trekking. Pelan will take you to forests where the fruit bats are flying and the luminescent Green Pepe fungi are shining.

After an enjoyable day at sea, let’s have a beer while watching the sunset from the balcony at Pelan Village. If you are lucky, you may see a whale breach in the distance. Special tours are offered during New Years, Golden Week, and during the heat of summer.


New Years Day Special Tour

Every New Years day, Pelan Pelan offers a special tour that begins on the shores of Minamijima and ends on the sandy beaches of a far-off island to greet the new year as the sun rises.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be able to proudly say that you were one of the very first people in Japan to have stepped in the ocean during the new year.


Tour schedule

Day 1    10:00am leave Tokyo on the Ogasawaramaru ferry
Day 2      11:30 am arrive at Chichijima   Jungle trekking in the afternoon, and welcome potluck party at night (please bring a dish to share)

Day 3     Sea kayak tour (day 1) around sunken war ships

Day 4     Sea kayak tour (day2)
Day 5     Free day and jungle trekking for new guests
Day 6     Sea kayak tour (day 3) around Port Roid war record and peace tour for new guests.  Free day for long term guests.
Day 7      Sea kayak tour (day 4) Minamijima tour in morning or Anijima tour. Join the farewell party in town.
Day 8       Free time in the a.m. The ship leaves at 2:00 pm.
Day 9      The ship arrives at Tokyo’s Takeshiba Pier at 3:30 pm

# Camping is not allowed on Ogasawara. Special Tour Sea Kayak guests will reserve rooms to stay in Pelan Village every night.
#The kitchen facilities are communal. We share cooking and cleaning duties with staff and guests.
#During bad weather conditions, we will change the activities from sea kayaking to jungle trekking, body-boarding, etc.

Tour Fee

Long tour (Whole day)

Adult ¥65,000    Student ¥50000
Children (under 12 years old) ¥40000

Short tour (Half day)
Adult ¥40000     Student ¥35000
Children(under 12 years old) ¥30000

#The Special Tour Package does not include boat or hotel costs.
#Special tour guests will receive a 10% discount off of their stay at Pelan Village.
#The special tours includes sea kayak rental and meals. Sea kayak tour/rental gear/stay/food
(((if you have you better bring those things)))
Wear to swim/beach sandal(not tick soled)/rain wear/flash light
My cup/my chopstick/water bottle/snorkeling set/wetsuits


After you book the this tour please deposit ¥1000 to the account detailed below.

Bank name:     Tokyo Tousho Nougyoukumiai
Branch name:    Ogasawara Chichijima
Account number:     Futuu  1111756
Account name:     Ryoichi Shimizu


Fish caught on a kayak tour. These are delicious when grilled over hot charcoal, or simmered in savory stew.


There is a children’s camp every summer. Kids get to surf, kayak, hike, and eat delicious food together! It makes for a wonderful time.