Okinawa Prefecture

Mizuuchi waterfall

Mizuuchi waterfall is not well known, because it does not appear in the guidebook. For appreciating this waterfall, go through estuary of Nakara River from Funaura harbor by canoe or sea kayak, and go into the mangrove woods of Mizuuchi River via Kuira River. Then the waterfall will appear facing. A long time ago, since the water of the waterfall fall directly in the...

Tsukigahama Beach

Tsukigahama is a beautiful inlet located on Urauchi-village of Iriomote Island. The origin of the name “Tukigahama”(meaning is the beach of the moon) came from this beach, which has a beautiful form like on arc shape. The sand of this beach is called the crying sand, which will make a sound when you walk. The sand comes from the sand of the river. Since here is no...

Hoshisuna (Hoshizuna) Beach

Hoshizuna beach is closest to Uehara Port and it is famous for its star-shaped sand. Hoshisuna (Hoshizuna) beach is located between Nakano-village and Sumiyoshi-village, and there are star-shaped sands on the beach as the name suggests. The stellar sand was obtained from the carcass of bakyurojipushina which is large-sized Foramifera a kind of coral, many were...

Barasu Island

Barasu Island a small island is located at the northernmost tip of the Iriomote Island, it is about 3km away from Uehara village, and it takes about 10 minutes by the charter boat. The area of the island will be changed according to the ebbs and flows of tide since the island was made from accumulated carcass of the branch coral carried by the current. There are no...

Haemita Beach

Haemita Beach is located on the end of circular road on the south shore of Iriomote Island, and has a long beach, which continues no less than 2km. Although swimming in the reef of this beach is possible, it is forbidden swimming in the edge of the reef because the waves are rough. Moreover, a monument was built at the easternmost end of the beach. This monument was...

Kanpiree (Kanpire) waterfall

Kanpiree (Kanpire) waterfall Kanpiree (Kanpire) waterfall is located in the central part of Iriomote Island and the water flow is slow its width is 50m and the total length is 200m. It is located at 5km from the estuary to upstream of Urauchi River. “Kanpiree” means “the place where God sits down”, and there is left a traditional story that the God of Okinawa invited here the God of Japan....

Maryudo (Mayudo or Mariyudo) Waterfall

Maryudo Waterfall (Mayudo or Mariyudo Waterfall) is in the center of the Iriomote Island, and the difference in elevation is 20m. The name of the waterfall came from round stagnation (“Mayu” means round, and “udo” means stagnation) and was named due to this reason. This waterfall has the highest volume of water in Okinawa. There is an observation platform that you...

Pinaisaara Waterfall

Pinaisaara Waterfall is upstream of the Pinai River at the northern end of Iriomote Island. The difference in elevation is 80m, and it is the biggest waterfall in Okinawa. “Pinai” means a white mustache and “saara” comes from the meaning of a waterfall. Since it was called the waterfall formed like a white mustache, this name was given. A sightseeing boat can be...

The gregarious Nippa coconuts of Funaura

The gregarious Nippa palm of Funaura is located on the estuary of Yashiminato River southeast of Funaura community on Iriomote Island. This palm tree is one genus one species,and is widely distributed in the tropical zone. In Japan, it is only grown naturally at Iriomote Island. Mangrove forests surround palm trees and about 38 shares have grown along the waterway...

Ryukyu beniito dragonfly

Ryukyu-beniito-dragonfly belongs to the family of the beniito-dragonfly, and is distributed on Kagoshima Prefecture and Nansei Islands. The bodily total length is about 40mm, and the length of back wing is about 55mm, and it is larger than the ordinary Beniito-dragonfly, the bodily color is a vivid yellow and red combination. The period of an imago is around October...

Ryukyu kuma cicada

Ryukyu kumazemi is distributed widely from Yaeyama islands to Kanto district, mainly it can be seen on the chinaberry tree and it is a big cicada, the total length is 60mm. The note of a cicada like as “Shaa shaa” can be heard in June to September. It has transparent feathers and the body is big, black color with thin golden hair. The abdomen of a male has thick...

Ryukyu wild boar

Ryukyu wild boar lives on the Amami islands, Okinawa Main Island, Ishigaki Island, and Iriomote Island. Compared with a Japanese wild boar, it is small, and is a primitive species in the Asia wild boar system. The body is thickset, and the length of a trunk is 85cm, the length of the tail is approximately 14cm. The eyes are small and the ears shape is a triangle,...

Mizuganpi

Mizuganpi is a kind of tree which belongs to the Misohagi family and grows on the rocks of the seashore. A white flower with a diameter of about 1cm blooms. Moreover, “Hamasitan gregarious which is a tree more than 100 years old” is found on Hateruma Island.

Freshwater prawn

Freshwater prawn inhabits freshwater regions, such as from estuary to middle stream of a river, a pond, or a swamp, and it likes quiet water flow and muddy bottoms. The color of body is transparent greenish-brown, the scissors of a male are greatly developed and it becomes 1.5 or more times the body length. A female is thickset and scissors are short and thin. It is...

Hawksbill Turtle

Hawksbill Turtle belongs to the department of sea turtle is distributed only in Yaeyama islands in Japan. As for the color of the shell is blackish brown from yellow brown, it is the feature that some shells of the back overlap. It mainly inhabits the sea of a coral reef, is nocturnal, and is carnivorousness, which eats the crustacean and Sponges such as starfish as...