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Okinawa Japan photography group featuring unique pictures of Okinawa
Okinawa like many tropical and subtropical climates with costal areas has mangroves and the important eco-systems surrounding them. Okinawa has six mangrove species from four different families, five of which can be found on Miyakojima Island.
The mangroves of Miyakojima Island at Batarazu-bay are the biggest colony on Miyakojima. At Shimajiri grow all five domestic species; Yaeyama Hirugi, Ohirugi, Mehirugi, Hirugimodoki und Hirugidamashi. What makes Miyakojima’s mangroves special is that they developed in an area without any rivers. For botanical scientist this is a rare occurrence and this area is of great interest. Besides all the technical facts, the natural beauty surrounding the Shimajiri Mangroves is quite nice and deserves a visit.
From Miyakojima Airport: Approx. 35 min. by car
Address: Shimajiri, Miyakojima city