Yaeyama Islands

 

Closer to Taiwan than Japan the Yaeyama Islands hold some of the most naturally beautiful places in Japan. This group of subtropical islands is famous for the coral reefs surrounding them making up some of the best SCUBA Diving in Asia and the world. The Yaeyama Islands are also known for the virgin rain forests that covers many of the inhabited and uninhabited Islands in the archipelago. This untouched nature has been attracting a growing interest from Eco-tourists and nature lovers looking to escape the concrete jungles of busy city life.

 

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Ishigaki Island

The main island of the Yaeyama Islands and the region's transportation hub. The largest city, Ishigaki City and airport, Ishigaki Airport for the island group are both located on Ishigaki-jima, as well as the area’s most major boat terminal, Ishigaki Port. Surrounded by coral reefs and small uninhabited islands the wonderful sights and activities on this small piece of paradise are hard to find anywhere else in the world. Read more
 

Iriomote Islands

Over 90% of Iriomote Island is covered in lush subtropical virgin jungle making it a great destination for nature seekers trying to escape the concrete world for a while. Most of the island is a Japanese National Park due to its diverse eco-systems that contain unique vegetation and animals such as the famous Iriomote Wild Cat. Once on the Island there are a few options for seeing the sights and enjoying the beaches. Read more

Yonaguni-jima Island

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The Weternrnmost place in Japan is Yonaguni Island. Situated 117 kilometers from Ishigaki-jima Island, and just 111 kilometers from Taiwan it sits on the Japanese Taiwanese border. Several times a year Taiwan can even be seen in the distance on clear days. The most popular reason for visitors to come to Yonaguni Island is SCUBA diving. 100 meters off the southern coast of the island is an undersea ruin, controversy surrounds this places to whether it is a man-made or natural structure. 

Kohama-jima Island

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Measuring only 13km in circumference and located between Ishigaki and Iriomote Islands Kohama Island is dotted with Okinawa sugar cane fields and farms. A few modern resort hotels are located on the island making it a great place for activities like SCUBA diving, various marine sports, and golf. The water surrounding Kohama Island is a great place to see Manta rays.

Kuro-shima Island

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Located only 19km Southwest of Ishigaki Island, Kuro-shima Island is best known for its cattle population which out number the people of the island 10:1. Although there are a lot of cows most visitors come to this 12 kilometer wide island for the coral reefs surrounding it abundant with colorful tropical fish. Also on Kuro-shima is the Yaeyama Research Station (Marine Park Center), a famous spot sea turtles come to lay their eggs.

Hateruma-jima Island

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The Southern most inhabited Island in Japan is Hateruma-jima. Located 63km to the Southwest of Ishigaki this island is a favorite place for people to come and get away from it all. Famous for its night sky, an observation tower was built here where the Southern Cross can be viewed in the summer’s sky without a telescope.

Taketomi-jima Island

4km to southwest of Ishigaki Island is Taketomi-jima. On this small island traditional Okinawa life still flourishes with red tiled roofed houses surrounded by handmade stone walls. A big draw for tourists visiting this island is the historical sightseeing spots that can be visited by water buffalo taxi. On the South of Taketomi Island are two spectacular beaches; (Hoshizuna-no-hama), a beach covered with star-shaped sand crystals, as well as Kondoi Beach, a beautiful beach with shallow water.

North Okinawa Tours

 JTB Okinawa Japan TOurs Northern Okinawa Tour
On this tour visit many of the North Okinawa’s famous sites like Churaumi Aquarium ( the world's third largest aquarium), Ryukyu Mura where you can experience living history, and many more exciting places. Lunch included.
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JTB Okinawa Japan TOurs Nakijin-jo Castle World Heritage Bus Tour
On this tour visit many of the North Okinawa’s famous sites like Cape Manza, Churaumi Aquarium ( the world's third largest aquarium), Nakijin-jo Castle, Nago Pineapple Park. Lunch included.
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JTB Okinawa Japan TOurs Okinawa Marine Walk from Nago (Departs at 9:00 am)
Enjoy walking underwater through Okinawa's clear ocean by simply putting on a special helmet which draws air from the surface, you can breathe normally even while underwater and explore Okinawa's beautiful coral reefs.
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JTB Okinawa Japan TOurs Okinawa Jet Skiing, Banana Boat & Super Mable Tour
Enjoy all 3 of these thrilling marine sports out on the open water. 
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Miyako Islands Hotels & Resorts

 Location  Rating  Hotel Name
 Miyako Is. 4 star hotel Hotel Atoll Emerald Miyakojima
 Miyako Is. 4 star hotel Miyakojima Tokyu Resort 
 Miyako Is. 4 star hotel Hotel Breeze Bay Marina 
 Miyako Is. 5 star hotel Shigira Bayside Suite ALLAMANDA