Okinawa Prefecture

Hirugi forest colony of Fukito River

Fukito River of northern part of Ishigaki Island is on the west of Hirakubo peninsula, and it flows into the north side of Itona community and there is Hirugi colony in the lower stream of the river. Although Fukito River is small river with the length of about 2.2km, it is the place for which it had tidal flats region in the plain part, and is suitable for growth of...

Ibaruma Sabichi Cave (A Scenic spot)

Ibaruma Sabichi Cave is located on Ibaruma community, northeast of Ishigaki Island. At the span of this cave about 324m, the stalactite hangs down from the ceiling in the cave, there are bottles, pots, etc. of the Yaeyama ware, and you can view the exhibition hall. Horse riding can be enjoyed at near the entrance of the cave, and the exit is connected with Sabichi...

Mount Mangee (Natural treasure)

Mt. Mangee is at west of Hoshino community on the east coast of Ishgaki Island. There are the ruins, made from ancient limestone, on two mountains, their altitude is 103m and 66m. They are called “Dai Mangee Yama” for big one, and “Sho Mangee Yama” for small one. Yaeyama style earthenware, and blue porcelain, was collected from this mountain, and since the geology of...

Neparu Subtropical seashore woods in Nakasuji Village (Natural treasure)

Neparu Subtropical seashore woods is “Utaki”, is in the abandoned Nakasuji village. The people have been protecting here as a holy place. Around is a flat geographical features, and the ground is made is sandy. As the trees of seashore woods have an orderly height difference, it looks like a flight of stairs. Hasunohagiri (Jack-in the box) mainly grows up and it is...

Ukanzaki Observatory (A Scenic spot)

Ukanzaki Observatory is located on the tip of the peninsula, west of Ishigaki Island. There is Ukanzaki lighthouse with white color on the cliff, and the other side is a cliff with strangely shaped rocks. The stone statue of the Buddha is standing on the outskirts, and it has become the tower erected for memorial of the distress death. When April comes, lilies will...

Momosato Onta Ruin (A historic spot)

Momosato Onta Ruin is located on the Mt. Peefu (altitude is 50m), about 1km north-northeast of the Ozato community in Ishigaki Island East Coast. There are excavated many articles, like Yaeyama style earthenware in the 14th century and the 15th century, the pottery from a foreign country, ancient coins, and iron nails, bone arrowheads, and rice and wheat.

Misaki-On (A historic spot)

Misaki-On was built on Mount Misaki, at Tonosiro of Ishigaki city for safe voyages. It is called the holy place and is believed a place where Maotsuba (shrine maidens) stayed to pray for the successful return of military ships sent by Shuri government at the time of Akahachi Revolt in 1500. This Utaki is surrounded by stone walls, and there is a stone arch at the...

Kanhizakura grows naturally at Arakawa (Natural treasure)

Kanhizarura belong to the department of rose, and it is also called “Hikanzakura”, and the country of origin is Taiwan and south China. The soil around Arakawa is Granite, and there are more than 300 Kanhizakura in the woods, which also grow wild Kotoinubiwa and Hamainubiwa and Styracaceae and Fukanoki. The red flowers blooms from January to February, the harmony...

Hirae arasuku village ruin (A Historic spot)

Hirae arasuku village ruin is located on 1.5km from north of Hirae community, on the limestone grounds. Yaeyama style earthenware, the potteries from a foreign country, etc. are excavated from the circumference of this village. The ruins are surrounded by stone walls and there are left mark of a house, a worship place, a well, etc in it. The people say that Hirae...

Kanmuriwashi (Natural treasure)

Kanmuriwashi belong to the department of accipiters. It only inhabites the woods, or in the riverside forest of Yaeyama Islands in Japan. The full length is 55cm, the color of a young bird is white on the whole, and adult bird has a white spot on the whole is blackish brown. Since long feather has in the head like a crown, it called to as “Kanmuriwashi”. (word-to-...

Ishigaki Coral Reefs

Finger coral It is the department of Hama coral, and has various colors such as yellow or brown or green or blue, and it is the colony branch coral and it grows up to be the huge hemispherical colony, which exceeds the diameter of 2m. The section of a branch is circular and as for a tip, some are thin thing and some not thin. It is often seen in the reef or surface...

Hirugi forest of Miyara River (Natural monument)

Hirugi Forest of Miyara River is the longest mangrove forest on the Ishigaki Island with a length of 1.5km, which spreads in the estuary of Miyanaga River, which flows the Ishigaki island southeast area. There are grown in colonies such as a group of Hirugi, and verbena, or a group of pomegranates. At the estuary and the place near a flow, Yaeyama Hirugi grows, and...

The Coral reef of Shiraho (Natural treasure)

Shiraho is placed at the offing 1km of southeast parts of the Ishigaki Island in Yaeyama Islands. The coral reef is ranged in 1-2km north and south. The coral reef will continue living about 200 to 300 years. There are living more than 100 Hama-coral, which are cylindrical form called a micro stole in Shiraho. Also there is small fishes such as Suzumedai, Cyocyouo...

The gregarious of Yaeyama palm tree at Yonehara (A natural treasure)

Yaeyama Palm tree grows only an Ishigaki Island and Iriomote Island, it does not have any specific in some others. The thickness of a trunk is 30cm,wooden height is 25m and the length of a leaf is also to 5m. The spontaneous generation field of this palm tree spreads out on the forest of Ubundoru and Hoshidateutaki and the back of Yonehara village and the foot of...

Ryukyu Tsuwabuki

Ryukyu suwabuki belongs to the department of chrysanthemum, and is an evergreen perennial herbaceous plant. It some flowers attached like a small yellow chrysanthemum on the long stalk. As for the leaf which has a glossy dark green color compared with the original kind, and the width is narrow. When the flowering season comes, a flower will be attached not only on a...