Island Spots in Okinawa Area

  • 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...

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Yonaguni Island
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    Okinawa Prefecture Yaeyama-gun Yonaguni-cho
    This is the westernmost island of Japan. There is a lighthouse and a viewing platform at the cape which is at the most eastern part of the island where you can get an unbroken view of the cobalt blue sea. Also in Irizaki, there is a monument of the westernmost point in Japan. If the weather conditions are right, you can see a silhouette of Taiwan in the distance. It was also the setting for the drama series, “Dr. Koto Shinryojo”; even now the set used for filming remain there.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Hateruma Island
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    Okinawa Pref. Yaeyamaguntaketomichou Hateruma
    This is the southern-most inhabited island in Japan, which is one of the Yaeyama Islands in Okinawa Prefecture. There are three monuments lined up on the cliffs of Cape Takanazaki which are located at the southernmost tip of the island—a monument of the southernmost point in Japan, a monument of Hateruma and a monument of peaceful prayers. This island is also famous as you due to its low latitude are able to observe the Southern Cross. The Star Observatory Tower has a planetarium and a 200 millimeters refractorial telescope, and it is also possible to observe craters on the moon. It is popular with tourists seeking a beautiful starlit sky.
  • Tokashiki Island
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    Okinawa Prefecture Tokashiki-son, Shimajiri-gun
    Tokashiki Island is located 30 kilometers west of Naha City. The island has some of the clearest seas in the world, and it is known as “Kerama Blue”. There are beautiful beaches such as Aharen Beach and Tokashiku Beach. Marine sports such as snorkeling and diving are popular. During the winter season, you can also see the appearance of humpback whales.
  • Hamahiga Island
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    Okinawa Pref. Urumashi Yonashiro Hama Higa
    Hamahiga Island located as far as 70 minutes by car from Naha Airport is an outlying island which is accessible by car. Places representing the island of creation myth such as “Shirumichu (a god who is believed to have created Okinawa)” are scattered around the island. People wishing for a baby as well as worshipers wishing for health and safety often visit. There are also three calm beaches with very clear water which less well-known with relatively fewer tourists. Their shallow waters are recommended for people with children.
  • Yagaji Island
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    Nago, Okinawa Prefecture
    Yagaji Island is located north of the main island of Okinawa, and it is an island floating on the Haneji inland sea. The area is about eight square kilometers. The east side of the main island of Okinawa is connected by the Yagaji Bridge, Ojima Island and the Haneji O Bridge, while the west of the main island of Okinawa is connected by the Warumi Bridge and Kouri Island is connected to Yagaji Island by the Kouri Bridge. In the tidal flatlands, migratory birds flying in and there are black mangroves (mangrove plants) which grow in excess of 10 meters in height. In 1976 during the Showa period, the entire island was designated as a national wildlife sanctuary.
  • Aka Island
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    Okinawa Pref. Shimajirigunzamamison Aka
    Aka Island is part of the Kerama Islands group. It belongs to Zamami in Shimajiri District, Okinawa Prefecture. It is the setting of the movie “Marilyn ni aitai” (“I want to meet Marilyn”) based on the true story of a male dog Shiro who swam across the sea to meet a female dog Marilyn who was in Zamami Island on the other side. On the island, there is also a statue of Shiro. The island is connected to Geruma Island by way of the Aka Bridge and is connected with Fukaji Island by way of Geruma Bridge, so therefore it is possible to reach the island by car or by bicycle.
  • Kume Island
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    Okinawa Pref. Shimajirigunkumejimachou
    Situated approximately 100 kilometers west of Naha, the island is located in the most westerly position of the Okinawan archipelago. Since the Ryukyu dynastic period, it was also called “Kumi island” due to its beauty. Such as the reef “Hateno beach”, the pure white sands made from coral and the beauty of the cobalt blue sea—It is said to be the most beautiful in the Orient. On the other hand, this is also an ideal diving spot where you can encounter humpback whales, whale sharks, dolphins, etc. There are a number of strong Okinawan liquors (Awamori) distilled from rice or millet from Kume Island and these are also very popular among strong Okinawan liquors. In 1983 in the Showa period, almost all of the island was designated as a prefectural natural park.
  • Kurima Island
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    Okinawa Pref. Miyakojimashi
    This small island is southwest of Miyako Island and has a circumference of just nine kilometers. Surrounded by the emerald green sea, this serene locale is nearly entirely occupied by sugarcane and leaf tobacco fields. The 1,690-meter Kurima-ohashi Bridge links the island to Miyako Island, from which you can gaze down at the beautiful coral reef while crossing.
  • Komaka Island
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    Okinawa Pref. Nanjoushi Chinen Azama Offing
    This uninhabited island floats off the coast of Chinen Village in southern Okinawa Prefecture. It’s accessible via a 15-minute boat ride from the Chinen Marine  Leisure Center. The fine, white sand and crystal clear emerald-green sea will enrapture you, and you can enjoy sea bathing and marine sports to your heart’s content. The island has nothing but a bathroom, so be sure to bring what you need with you.
  • Nagannu Island
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    Okinawa Pref. Shimajiriguntokashikison Maejima
    This small island is about 20 minutes from Naha by boat. You can enjoy snorkeling, diving, and other marine activities. The white sands of the beach, formed from coral fragments, stand in beautiful contrast to the emerald green of the sea. Showers and bathrooms are available as well, allowing you to enjoy the pristine natural surroundings to the fullest.

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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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