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Miyako Island Ikema Island Kurima Island Irabu Island Ogami Island Tarama Island Shimoji Island Minna Island (Miyako)

Miyako Island Ikema Island Kurima Island Irabu Island Shimoji Island Ogami Island Tarama Island Minna Island (Miyako)
Miyako Island

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Situated 300 km to the southwest of the main island of Okinawa, Miyako Island is the main island in the Miyako Islands that consist of eight islands. For the most part it is a flat island, with most of its population concentrated around the Port of Hirara. Other parts of the island are covered in expansive fields of sugar cane. Miyako Island is known for its active lifestyle as it hosts many sporting...

Ikema Island

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Ikema Island is a horseshoe shaped island situated to the northwest of Miyako Island. The entire island is a national wildlife preserve. In 1992 construction was completed on the 1,425-meter long Ikema Ohashi Bridge that connects the island to Miyako Island. The view from the bridge is truly stunning. Originally there were two islands here, but both the north and south sides of these islands were...

Kurima Island

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Kurima Island is located 1.5 km to the southwest of Miyako Island. The two islands are connected by the Kurima Ohashi Bridge, which spans a distance of 1,690 meters. The contrasting views from the bridge of sheer cliffs, shoreline and the blue waters of Miyako are truly stunning. Kurima Island does not have buses or other public transit, so it's best to visit by car from Miyako Island. In addition to...

Irabu Island

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Irabu Island is located about 5 km northwest of Miyako Island and was formed by an upheaval of coral. Today, construction is moving forward on the 3,540-meter Irabu Ohashi Bridge, which will connect the two islands in 2015. Bonito fishing is a mainstay here which keeps the Port of Sarahama, the largest port in Miyako, bustling. There are also many excellent dive spots around the island, which have...

Shimoji Island

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Shimoji Island is located on the southwest side of Irabu Island, which is connected to the island with six bridges, making getting there easy and convenient. Most of the island has been set aside as a training facility for airline pilots called Shimoji Airport. If you are there at the right time you may be able to see pilots practicing a touch-and-go maneuver. The colorful landing light towers of the...

Ogami Island

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Ogami Island is a small agricultural and fishing hamlet located 4 km north of Miyako Island. The word ""Ogami"" means many deities and visitors will find that there are many sacred sites across the island off limits to outsiders. Once construction was underway on a road circling the island, but mysteriously machinery began to break down and many of the workers got sick, so construction was halted with...

Tarama Island

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Tarama Island is an elliptical shaped island situated almost exactly in between Miyako Island and Ishigaki Island. It is the 11th largest island in Okinawa Prefecture. Tarama Island sits atop a coral shelf, with its topography mostly flat and there are no rivers. The dialect spoken on Tarama Island is quite unique as islanders use certain syllables often not associated with Japanese. This makes reading...

Minna Island (Miyako)

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Minna Island, which belongs to Tarama Village, is a small island situated 62 km west of Miyako Island and 8 km north of Tarama Island.
The island was home to more than 200 people in the past, but today only one household remains after a scheduled relocation program to Miyako Island was started in 1961 after a major typhoon struck. The entire island is a pasture today, home to free range cows. The...

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