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Japan: Ogasawara Islands
More than 600 miles off the coast of Tokyo are the remote Ogasawara Islands. Reached via the once-weekly overnight ferry from Takeshiba, the 30 mostly uninhabited islands are a mecca for scuba divers—the clear waters are dotted with World War II shipwrecks (Iwo Jima is located within Ogasawara). Make your base on Chichijima, the main island, at Sakaiura Family Inn (doubles from $163, including breakfast and dinner), a secluded house with three rooms, or take the local bus to Tetuya (doubles from $261, including breakfast and dinner), a five-room inn owned by a sushi chef.
T+L Tip: Feed sea turtles at the Ogasawara Marine Center. From July through October, get up close to the just-hatched babies in the breeding tank.