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Iriomote Island in Okinawa: Mangroves and Mysterious Cats



13. February. 2020

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Wild, remote and truly beautiful, Iriomote Island is a world away from most people’s imagin-ings of Japan. From kayaking through mangrove-lined rivers to sunbathing on tropical beaches, the island has something for every traveler. As the largest of the Yaeyama islands, just off the coast of Ishigaki, it is a tropical area with intensely hot and humid summers and warm winters. Closer to Taiwan than Japan, the islands have a unique culture rich with tradi-tions and entire species found nowhere else in the world. Be it a single day of adventure or a weekend of exploring, the island offers the perfect escape from everyday life.


  • Yamaneko Museum/ Iriomote Wildlife Conservation Center
  • Yubu’s Island’s Buffalo Trips
  • Urauchi Boat Tour and Waterfall Hike
  • Look Closely at Star Sand Beach
  • Transport on Iriomote
  • Access to Iriomote

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