Nature Spots in Okinawa Area

  • Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave
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    Okinawa Pref. Ishigakishi Ishigaki 1666
    Ishigaki Island Limestone Cave is a large limestone cave which developed naturally over a period of about 200,000 years. It has a total length of 3.2 kilometers, out of which approximately 660 meters is open to the public. The limestone cave which was created from coral reef has many highlights such as the “Suikinkutsu” (water harp cave) where you can enjoy the sound of water dripping and the “Totoro Stalactite” which is similar to Totoro. The inside of the cave has been illuminated creating a fantastic atmosphere. The tour of the caves takes about 30 minutes.

    This was a great cave adventure, I was surprised how warm it was walking thru this cave. A nice long walk underground self-guided tour at your own pace.

  • Valley of Gangala
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    Okinawa Pref. Nanjoushi Tamagusuku Maekawa 202
    Valley of Gangala is a subtropical forest that originated when a limestone cave collapsed hundreds of thousands of years ago. The valley occupies an area of about 47,995 square meters, and the distance to walk through the valley is about one kilometers. You can experience an ancient natural environment in the valley where there are large trees called “Giant (Ufushu) Gajumaru trees” known as the wise men of the forest as well as the Inagu Cave and the Ikiga Cave. A full-time guide accompanies tours through the valley in order to protect the abundant nature which is highly valuable to both archaeology and folklore science. The time required to take the tour is about one hour 20 minutes.

    The most unique thing about this cafe is the setting. Beware of the drippings from the stalactites! The cafe serves coffee and drinks only.

  • A Paradise for Subtropical Plants Yubujima
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    Okinawa Yaeyama-gun Taketomicho Komi 689
    "This remote island belongs to the Yaeyama Islands southwest of Okinawa Main Island. It is located just east of Iriomote Island, and you can go back and forth between these islands on a water buffalo cart that travels across the long shallow sea. On the island, where there is a rich natural environment with lush subtropical plants, you will find the butterfly park, where you can observe pupa of Japan's largest butterfly ""tree nymph butterfly"" sparkling in gold color, a water buffalo pond where water buffalo rest, a bougainvillea garden, restaurants and shops as well."

    We visited this small island as we were in Iriomote island. I think most of people participate optional tour but we went there by ourselves. To get there at first you need to move to the water...

  • Cape Manzamo
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    Okinawa Pref. Kunigamigunonnason Onna
    It is a popular scenic spot which is representative of Okinawa Prefecture, which is located in Onna Village, Kunigami District, Okinawa Prefecture. It is famous for having rocks on the coastal cliffs which closely resemble an elephant’s trunk, with the whole surface of the clear blue sea stretching out down below. The highly transparent sea is breathtakingly beautiful and is so transparent that you can even see the rocks in the sea, but be careful as there are a few places which don’t have a fence.
  • Kouri Island
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    Okinawa Pref. Kunigamigunnakijinson Kouri
    Kouri Island is located north of the main island of Okinawa, Yagaji Island. It is surrounded by emerald green seas, with a circumference of about eight kilometers. In 2005, the Kouri Bridge opened to connect the island with Yagaji Island, becoming a remote island that could now be reached by car from the main island. There are old houses and fields of sugar cane on the island, and the original Okinawan landscape remains remarkably unchanged. From ancient times, it has been given the names, “Love Island” and “God’s Island”, so there are also a lot of couples who visit this island.
  • Kabira Bay
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    Okinawa Pref. Ishigakishi Kabira
    Kabira Bay, located in the northwestern part of Ishigaki Island, has some of the best scenery on the island. The gentle cobalt blue sea is some of the clearest in the world, and the beach is filled with fine white sand. Board a glass boat and you can see brilliantly colored tropical fish and coral reefs. Kabira Park, located on a plateau, is highly recommended for its splendid view of the bay.
  • Miyako Island
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    Okinawa Pref. Miyakojimashi
    Miyako Island is located about 300 kilometers southwest of the main island of Okinawa. It has picturesque scenery such as the cape of Higashi-hennazaki and the Ikema Ohashi Bridge and its contrast of the cobalt blue seas and the white sandy beaches is beautiful. Also, in the northern district of Miyako Island is “Yabiji”, which is regarded as Japan’s largest coral reef community, and is popular as a diving and a snorkeling spot.
  • Cape Hedo
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    Okinawa Pref. Kunigamigunkunigamison Hedo
    Located at the northernmost tip of Okinawa, it is made up of cliffs of coral. On sunny days it is a picturesque spot where you will be able to command a view of Yoron Island. In 1972 during the Showa period, on the occasion of the return of Okinawa to the Japanese, a monument “sokoku fukki tousou ishibumi” (Return to Motherland conflict monument) was built. Located on the northern side of the cape Hedo dome is a limestone cave in the sea which is said to have formed approximately 20,000 years ago. It is known as a great diving spot.
  • Cape Maeda
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    Okinawa Pref. Kunigamigunonnason Maeda 469-1
    Cape Maeda is a picturesque place with a precipitous cliff formed from elevated coral and a view of beautiful, transparent ocean. Diving and snorkeling are popular in this area, and the “Blue Grotto” shining gloriously blue is a particular must see. It is also one of the best sightseeing places as you can watch whales from an observation tower or whale watching boats in winter.
  • Ishigaki Island
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    Ishigaki, Okinawa Prefecture
    It is the third largest island in Okinawa Prefecture, after the main island of Okinawa and Iriomote Island. Ishigaki Island is the economic, tourism and transportation center of the Yaeyama Islands, and departures to travel around the remote islands are from Ishigaki Island. There are many souvenir shops and restaurants in the town areas, on the one hand, you will also be able to experience Okinawan culture while in the suburbs as you can enjoy many types of subtropical trees, cobalt blue seas and white sandy beaches.
  • Senaga Island
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    Okinawa Pref. Tomigusukushi Senaga
    Senaga Island, south of Naha Airport, is a small island with a perimeter of about 1.5 kilometer and located after crossing Kaichu-doro Drive (marine drive). “Senagajima Umikaji Terrace” where you can enjoy gourmet food and shopping events on weekends is recommended for both couples and families. The sunset over the East China Sea is beautiful, and you can enjoy the atmosphere of a resort just by going a little further from Naha City. About 10 minutes by car from Naha Airport.
  • Cape Zanpa
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    Okinawa Pref. Nakagamigunyomitanson Uza 1861
    Cape Zanpa is a promontory that juts out into the East China Sea, with two kilometers of cliffs that reach a height of around 30 meters. At the tip of the Cape there is a brilliant white lighthouse; there are marvelous views of the Kerama Islands and Ie-jima (Ie Island). Cape Zanpa is a very popular spot for diving, and for fishing from rocks near the shore. It is also famous because the sun sets here later than anywhere else on the main island of Okinawa, which attracts large numbers of people to come and watch the sea get given a reddish tint by the setting sun.
  • Ojima Island
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    Okinawa Prefecture Nanjo ball
    Ojima Island is a remote island connected to the main island by a 150-meter bridge offshore of Nanjo City, Okinawa Prefecture. This island which is possible to be reached by car or by foot has “Okinawan style Tempura” as its specialty. While stuffing one’s cheeks with Okinawa’s characteristic thick deep fry battered tempura, you can enjoy the atmosphere of this leisurely island.
  • Sesoko Island
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    Okinawa Pref. Kunigamigunmotobuchou Sesoko
    Sesoko Island is a remote island which can be reached from the main island of Okinawa by crossing the 762 meter long Sesoko Ohashi Bridge. The island has a circumference of approximately eight kilometers. As it can be easily accessed by car, it gets crowded with many tourists. “Sesoko Beach” which is located on the west side of the island is particularly popular. The contrast between the emerald green sea and the white sandy beach is wonderful. Also Sesoko Island is famous for its beautiful sunsets. It is a remote island where you can thoroughly enjoy spending a leisurely time.
  • Manza Beach
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    Okinawa Pref. Kunigamigunonnason Serakaki
    Manza Beach is a beautiful beach with highly transparent sea and coral reef, overlooking Manzamo. It is adjacent to the ANA Intercontinental Hotel and you can enjoy a range of activities such as diving and fishing.
  • Hiji Falls
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    Okinawa Pref. Kunigamigunkunigamison Hiji 781-1
    In Kunigami Village in the northern part of Okinawa’s main island is a 26-meter-tall waterfall, the biggest in the prefecture. The sight of the white splashing water will make you think of a subtropical oasis. There’s a walkway leading to the waterfall, and it takes approximately 40 minutes to reach it. The walkway features many steep slopes owing to the wooden staircases and bridges, so watch your step. Many precious plants flourish around the waterfall, and you may spot wildlife such as shrimps, crabs, and gobies.
  • Ikei Island
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    Okinawa Pref. Urumashi Yonashiroikei
    Ikei Island is the furthest point you can reach when driving along the Inter-Island Causeway from the main island of Okinawa. Ikei Island is a tranquil island covered in sugar-cane fields, and is a great place for just having a relaxing stroll. The Island has several popular beaches - including Ikei Beach and Odomari Beach—where visitors can enjoy the beautiful clear waters of the surrounding sea. Ikei Island is the perfect spot for marine leisure activities.
  • Zamami Island
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    Okinawa Prefecture Shimajiri-gun Zamami-son
    Zamami Island is an island located 40 kilometers west of Naha City, Okinawa Prefecture. It is the main island of the village of Zamami in the Kerama Islands group. The contrast between the pure white coral sands and the emerald green seas is wonderful, with divers from all over the world gathering here. The rich coral reefs became a registered area of the Ramsar Convention in 2005 as an area of ocean that nurtures living things. Since then, the area of ocean meeting the registration requirements increased during 2015 and the actual registered area expanded. Also, the sandy beaches are also spawning grounds for sea turtles and in the winter a pod of humpback whales come to give birth and raise their young. It is a beautiful island where you can experience nature.
  • Taketomi Island
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    Okinawa Pref. Yaeyamaguntaketomichou Taketomi
    Taketomi Island is one of the Yaeyama Islands in Okinawa Prefecture, which has a circumference of about nine kilometers. It is about six kilometers from Ishigaki Island which is the center of Yaeyama and it takes about 10 minutes to get there by ferry. It is a beautiful island where you can strongly get a feeling of typical Okinawa, such as the white sand on the red tiled roof of private residences and the brightly colored flowers typical of the south. On the west side of the island, there is Kaiji Beach which is famous for “Hoshizuna” (star sand), which is one of Yaeyama’s most popular tourist destinations.
  • Bise Fukugi Tree Road
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    Okinawa Pref. Kunigamigunmotobuchou Bise
    Bise Fukugi Tree Road is a tunnel of garcinia subelliptica trees surrounding a village which is divided like a grid. The trees were planted as a wind shield for the houses and have grown. The estimated age of the oldest tree is said to be 300 years old and the bright green color is dazzling. A ride on a water buffalo cart is also recommended.

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Let go of your image of a busy, ordered Japan and replace it with crystal-clear waters, white sand beaches, and relaxing folk music: You’ve arrived in Okinawa. A world away from the high intensity of Tokyo, Okinawans appear to live a laid-back beach life on this paradisiacal tropical island that lies in the middle of the East China Sea almost 1,000 kilometers south of mainland Japan’s most southern tip. Home to a spattering of islands, prepare yourself to discover underwater caves, star-shaped sand, and an island culture sometimes unrecognizable from mainland Japan.

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