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.
Okinawa Pref. Shimajirigunkumejimachou [map]
Information Sources: NAVITIME JAPAN
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Okinawa Main Areas
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.