Okinawa Prefecture

Yaeyama Islands Tourism

Yaeyama Islands Tourism At the southern extremity of Japan lies a small archipelago called the Yaeyama Islands (Yaeyama-shoto). The Yaeyama archipelago is located 450 kilometers southwest of mainland Okinawa. With Ishigaki Island as its center, Taketomi Island, Kohama, Kuro/ Kuroshima, Hateruma, Iriomote, Yonaguni, Hatoma and Yufu islands belong to the group. Yaeyama Islands are linking...

Kume Island (Kume-jima) of Yaeyama Islands

Kume Island (Kume-jima) of Yaeyama Islands Kume Island (Kume-jima) is an island, part of the Okinawa Islands and administratively in the Okinawa Prefecture, Japan. It has an area of 59.11 km². The main town, Kumejima, has a population of 8,713 (2010). Once a day a ferry and a jet-foil boat leave Naha for Kume Island, taking four hours for the ferry and one hour 45 minutes for the boat. The 2km long Eefu...

Kohama Island (Churasan) of Yaeyama Islands hjghkghk

Kohama Island (Churasan) of Yaeyama Islands It is located about 2km east of Iriomote Island, and is between Ishigaki Island and Iriomote Island, and part of Taketomi. It is separated by “Yonara waterway”, which is famous place as Manta can be seen (common name is Manta way). Since rice cultivation was possible from ancient times, it has the rich tradition of agriculture in the Yaeyama district. Sugarcane and...

Nbufuru Observatory (Scenic spot)

Nbufuru observatory is located in the central area of Taketomi-jima Island, and it is built on the roof of a private house with the iron frame assembled. The meaning of“Nbfuru” is the name of hill in Taketomi-jima Island. They say that a long time ago, cattle made the hill in one night while howling “Nubfuru, Nbufuru”. The name was applied from this legend. This...

Nakasuji Well

Nakasuji well is in the center of Taketomi Island. Because the submarine water supply of water is carried out from the Ishigaki Island now, this well water is not used daily. It is now used at the time of the New Year or a celebration of a birth. However, it was the important water source of the island a long time ago. According to legend, it is said that this well...

Kuwazuimo

Kuwazuimo belongs to the department of taro, and is an evergreen perennial herbaceous plant, rhizome is thick and it looks like a taro, which have a green color leaf. A place with shady humidity is liked, the grass height is 0.5 to 1m and it breeds by multiplication of separating the roots. The flower is roundish like a fruit with orange color, and will bloom from...

Hechima

Hechima is a well known sponge cucumber. Actually, Japanese people in mainland use hechima as sponge for body wash. But it is not the only way to use hechima, it is also a vegetable and Okinawan people eat it a lot. It is an annual plant and kind of the creeper, and the male and the female are on the same stock. As for sowing, it is suitable around May, when soil...

Tree lizard

Tree lizard belongs to the family of Agama, and the trunk length from a head of a male is 7~8cm and a female is 6~7cm. The tail is very long, it occupies more than half of body and whole body is covered with scales. The color of the body on the back changes remarkably from clear green to brown. It seems that it is like a chameleon. It is adapted for the existence on...

The coconut crab

The coconut crab is the family of the Oyadokari, the shell length is 12cm, and the weight is 1.3kg or more. It is nocturnal and is hiding during daytime. Although it is in the category of a hermit crab, there is the feature without a house. The main did is coconut and pandanus fruit. Eggs are laid two times along the seashore per year. On the southern islands, it...

Bakyurojipushina (A kind of hull of insect) [Peculiar animal]

Bakyurojipushina is a kind of the star sands, a hull of Yukoucyu. It belongs to Gemseidoubutu-konnsokucyu (a kind of a protozoan), which is the monadic. It sends a thread-like pipe from husks when it takes catch, and it is alive drifting a sea surface. Although the carcass once sinks in the sea, it is thrown up by the wave on a beach and the dry husks become stellar...

A mark of Kuramoto (A Historic spot)

Kuramoto is the remains of a public office, from the Ryukyu Dynasty period of the beginning of the 16th century. Mr. Nishito who was from Taketomi Island appointed for Taketomi-syuriooyashi (High government official for Taketomi region) the government the dynasty sent him to making Yaeyama unification into a duty. The operation at this Kuramoto was continued for 20...

The community of red tiled roof (Important architecture group)

Taketomi Island is a flat island, the circumference is 9km, altitude is 20m, which is about 6km southwest of Ishigaki Island. The community of this island has many houses of wooden structure with red tiled roofs, and are surrounded by stone walls made with limestone. Moreover, there is Fukugi used as a windbreak in the yard and it hasbeen left in the traditional...

Nagomi tower (Scenic spot)

Nagomi tower is located in Akayama Park in the center of Taketomi community. Since Akayama a king who was Heike's fleeing soldier built the castle here, it is also called the hill of Aakayama. This tower is the only place where the whole view of the rows of houses of red tiled roofs of Taketomijima can be seen.

Takindoguchi underwater park (Natural refuge region)

Takindoguchi underwater park is located in and around the north peninsula on northern part of Taketomi Island. It belongs to Kuroshio Current, also the area is 83.1ha, and is a beautiful coral reef. A coral reef is situated in the place, which is not deep, and the coral in the shape of a table or a branch grows thick. There are stone coral such as, Stony corals or...

Kasumi horse mackerel (Gaara)

The length of Kasumi horse mackerel is 70cm, and there is a black spot pattern set on the surface of the body. Wandering at the circumference of a coral reef with several fishes. Island people are call this fish the gala. Although this fish that inhabits Saipan is poisonous, the fish, which inhabits the Ryukyu islands is nonpoisonous, and is edible.