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What're Yaeyama islands?

Yaeyama islands are located in 2,000km from Tokyo, 400km from Okinawa main island. They are in the northern latitude of 24 degrees, southernmost and westernmost islands in Japan. They are Ishigaki-jima,Taketomi-jima, Kohama-jima, Kuroshima, Hatoma-jima, Hateruma-jima, Aragusuku-jima (Panari), Iriomote-jima, Yubu-jima and Yonaguni-jima. The vast nature extends with each originality.

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Ishigaki-jima

Ishigaki-jima

Ishigaki-jima is the third largest island following Okinawa, Iriomote in the East China Sea about 430km southwest from Okinawa. It is southernmost resort city surrounded by coral reefs, coexisting rich nature and urban functions in semitropical zone. It is mainly in charge of economics, administration and sightseeing and also plays a part of an access gate of Yaeyama to each isolated islands.
Access30 minutes by car from Ishigaki Airport to downtown.

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Taketomi-jima

Taketomi-jima

Taketomi-jima (island) is a small island about 9km around in the ocean, about 10 minutes by high-speed ship from Ishigaki-jima. You can see various expressions of Shiisa (lion-shaped roof ornaments) on the red roof, bright color flowers on the road of white coral sands, slowly going buffalo carriages with sound of the Okinawa sanshin ,,. Taketomi-jima where still remain pure, beautiful Okinawa's unspoilt sceneries, and is selected as an important traditional preservation area, and has become an outstanding popular sightseeing spot in Yaeyama.
AccessAbout ten minutes by high-speed ship from Ishigaki Rito terminal.

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Kohama-jima

Kohama-jima

Kohama-jima is located in almost center of Yaeyama islands, it is known as a stage of NHK drama "Chura San." In the slow slope, there extend sugar cane fields and pastures. From the top of Odake mountain about 99m sea level, you can command a view of 360 degree of big panorama, emerald green sea and beautiful islands of Yaeyama. On east side, there are a resort hotel and golf fields, this is also an outstanding resort area.
AccessAbout 25 minutes by high-speed ship from Ishigaki Rito terminal.

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Kuroshima

Kuroshima

Kuroshima is a pasture area in which the number of cows is 10 times of its 200 people of population, where rural scenery of pasture extends through the island. It is called "Heart island" because the shape of the island is heart. Turtles come to lay eggs to the sea of Kuroshima, which extends the most beautiful coral reefs in Yaeyama and is a good snorkel point.
AccessAbout 25 minutes by high-speed ship from Ishigaki Rito terminal.

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Hatoma Island

Hatoma Island

Hatoma-jima is in the ocean of 5km north from Iriomote-jima and a beautiful island as it became a shooting place of a drama "Ruri no Shima." Hotoma-bushi is a folk song representing Okinawa. The time slowly goes by in the untouristy island, and it provides quiet mild-healing time.
AccessAbout 40 minutes by high-speed ship from Ishigaki Rito terminal.

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Hateruma-jima

Hateruma-jima

The words Hateruma-jima come from " the island of end of URUMA (coral reef)", the southernmost island with living people. The unique color of the sea shining in blue is called "HATERUMA BLUE" especially Nishihama beach is famous for one of a few beautiful seas in Yaeyama. In the southernmost part of the island, Takanazaki, there are a monument for southernmost spot and an observatory tower for stars, which are popular sightseeing spots.
AccessAbout one hour by high-speed ship from Ishigaki Rito terminal. About two hours by ferry from Ishigaki-jima ferry from the ferry terminal.

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Aragusukujima

Aragusukujima

They are mysterious islands Aragusuku island, commonly called Panari island, consisted of two islands, Kamiji and Shimoji. This is a small Tropical paradise, close but far as there is no regular liner. The islanders respect God and there still remain historical landscapes.

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Iriomote-jima

Iriomote island

Iriomote-jima is the second largest island following Okinawa main island in the prefecture, over 90% of the whole land is covered with the tropical and the subtropical virgin forests. This vast jungles grow Iriomote wild cats and other rare natural treasure class creatures, and uncountable rivers produce big group of mangroves and grand sceneries such as dynamic falls, etc. The leading big nature provides good stages of eco tourism such as canoes and trekking.
Access(Tobu・Ohara Port) 35 minutes from Ishigaki Rito terminal by high-speed ship.
(Seibu・Uehara Port) 40 minutes from Ishigaki Rito terminal by high-speed ship.

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Yubujima

Yubujima

Yubujima standing next to Iriomote-jima was made only by heaped sands of sea current, is a small island of 15m above sea level, 2.15km around. Because the sea depth between Yubujima and Iriomote-jima is only adult's lap, buffalo carriages are used for sightseeing transfer, which is important sightseeing resource for the island.

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Yonaguni-jima (island)

Yonaguni-jima

Yonaguni-jima is westernmost of Japan a border island, famous for a shooting place of "Dr. Koto Shinryoujo", surrounded by the raging waves of Kuroshio Current and steep cliffs. It's only 111km to Taiwan, we can see the shadow of Taiwan far off in the sea several times a year. The dynamic sceneries of continuing elevated coral reefs are properly called as a solitary island far off in the ocean.
AccessIt takes about 4 hours by ferry from Ishigaki port ferry terminal. And about 30 minutes by plane from Ishigaki Airport.

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Downroad of Ishigaki Airport pamphlet.
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