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Holidays in Johnston Atoll

Understanding Johnston Atoll

The atoll is closed to the public and travel to the island is not allowed

Both the US and the Kingdom of Hawaii annexed Johnston Atoll in 1858, but it was the US that mined the guano deposits until the late 1880s Johnston and Sand Islands were designated wildlife refuges in 1926 The US Navy took over the atoll in 1934, and subsequently the US Air Force assumed control in 1948 The site was used for high-altitude nuclear tests in the 1950s and 1960s, and until late in 2000 the atoll was maintained as a storage and disposal site for chemical weapons Munitions destruction is now complete Cleanup and closure of the facility was completed by May 2005 Toxic waste from both operations is buried on the island

The Fish and Wildlife Service and the US Air Force are currently discussing future management options, in the interim Johnston Atoll and the three-mile Naval Defensive Sea around it remain under the jurisdiction and administrative control of the US Air Force


Tropical, but generally dry; consistent northeast trade winds with little seasonal temperature variation


Strategic location in the North Pacific Ocean; Johnston Island and Sand Island are natural islands, which have been expanded by coral dredging; North Island Akau and East Island Hikina are manmade islands formed from coral dredging; egg-shaped reef is 34 km in circumference some low-growing vegetation Highest point: Summit Peak, at 5 meters

Talking in Johnston Atoll

Languages: English official, and majority everyday language, French official for some purposes, Jèrriais a variety of Norman language, spoken in country districts Portuguese is widely spoken

What to see in Johnston Atoll

Pilgrimage routes

  • 88 Temple Pilgrimage — an arduous 1,647 km trail around the island of Shikoku
  • Chugoku 33 Kannon Temple Pilgrimage
  • Narrow Road to the Deep North — a route around northern Japan immortalized by Japan's most famous haiku poet
  • Witness the real-life effects of atomic warfare in Hiroshima and Nagasaki
  • Pray at Ise Shrine, the holiest Shinto shrine in the world
  • Explore the grounds of Himeji Castle in Himeji
  • See the three great views of Japan Nihon Sankei; Matsushima, Amanohashidate and Itsukushima

What to do in Johnston Atoll

  • Climb the 3776 meter Mount Fuji, an icon of Japan
  • Take a walk amidst thousands of cherry blossoms in Yoshino
  • Ascend Mount Aso to see one of the world's largest calderas
  • Visit the snowy peaks of the country's largest national park, Daisetsuzan
  • Climb the 2446 stone stops of the holy Haguro mountain through an amazing primeval forest
  • Soak in the hot springs of Japan's Onsen Capital, Beppu
  • Go River rafting in some of the last wild rivers in Japan in the Iya Valley
  • Ski the world famous powder of Hokkaido or in the Japan Alps
  • Overnight in one of the holy temples of Mount Koya

Buying stuff in Johnston Atoll

There is currently no economic activity on Johnston Atoll

Food and eating in Johnston Atoll

Jersey has an abundance of excellent restaurants 4 covering most tastes In particular a lot of French, Italian and Portuguese styles Chinese, Indian and Thai are well represented too Only one each of Greek and Sushi and one Mexican, located in Colomberie or Iranian though There are a few BYO restaurants example the Dicq Shack Fast food chains, such as McDonalds are in town, although there is only 1 McDonalds and 1 Starbuckslocated at the Airport

There are occasionally themed "food weeks" celebrating the different cultures in the Island Every October for a little over a month there is a Tennerfest 5 where you can explore many of the world-class restaurants


Vegetarians will face a limited menu except in one or two very good vegetarian restaurants

  • CafeJAC Phillips St, St Helier Arts Centre 01534879482 http://wwwcafejaccouk/

Drinking in Johnston Atoll

The minimum age for drinking alcohol is 18 years For such a small place there are a lot of bars and quite a few different clubs Despite duty on alcohol being lower than the UK most popular bars set their prices close to what you'd expect in London Normal pub closing time is 11PM and most clubs have to be closed by 2AM there is no "drinking-up-time" There are a few bars with alfresco areas including one with a view over the bay toward Elizabeth castle Most of the working-men's pubs became trendy wine bars in the early nineties so there's not much chance of finding a pool table in town There are two bars which sell Absinthe

There is quite a good music scene, in part due to licensing regulations which allow some bars to stay open till 1AM if they have live entertainment The bars with a late licence never have a cover charge but all the clubs do

The main town of St Helier is compact enough that you can wander from pub to pub and club to club quite easily

Accommodation in Johnston Atoll

There are no public accommodations on Johnston Atoll

Cities in Johnston Atoll

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