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Shimoji Island

At a glance

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 runway contrasting with the beautiful blue ocean makes for a pretty unique sight.
The island's west coast has two unique ponds designated as a Natural Monument by Okinawa Prefecture that were formed by erosion. The two ponds, collectively referred to as Tori-ike Pond, can be observed from a trail that passes by. The cave that connects the two ponds to the ocean is also one of Miyako's most famous dive spots.
Visitors should rent a car or hire a tax to explore the island as the rally hilly Irabu Island will need to be crossed to get here. You should also plan to eat and shop on Irabu Island as there are very few stores or restaurants on Shimoji Island.

Transportation

● Getting there

First of all, you can cross the Miyako Island by plane, cross the Irabu Ohashi by car, bus or taxi from there and go to Shimoji Island via Irabu Island.

Taxi >
Miyako Airport   Shimoji Airport (about 30 min)
 
Bus >
No.5 Arazato Miyaguni Line, 8 times daily, \390 for adults.
Miyako Airport Terminal-mae Hirara Harbor (about 14 min)
* Transfer at Hirara Harbor bus stop.
No.7 Direction towards Sawada Garage, 8 times daily, \630 for adults.
Hirara Harbor Sawada Garage (about 50 min)
Miyako Kyoei Bus Telephone:+81-980-72-2414
Kyowa Bus Telephone:+81-980-78-3111

● Getting around the island

Taxi:

Approximate cost required:
\430 for base fare (1.2 km), \60 for every 375 m
Taxi tour 2 hr course: \6,960
Nikko Taxi Telephone:+81-980-78-3007
Kaihatsu Taxi Telephone:+81-980-78-3774
Irabu Shinyo Taxi Telephone:+81-980-78-3093
Shinsei Taxi Telephone:+81-980-78-3326

Rental cars / motorcycles: 

Sun Rent-A-Car Telephone:+81-980-78-5071
*The number of vehicles is small, so advance reservation is recommended.

Rental bicycles:

Joyful Shop Inakaya Telephone:+81-980-78-6551

Recommended Itineraries

  • ● Half Day: Irabu Island and Shimoji Island (about 3 to 4 hr)
  • Funausagibanata Observatory
  • 順序7 min by car
  • Sawadanohama Beach
  • 順序15 min by car
  • Shimoji Pilot Training Airport
  • 順序5 min by car
  • Tori-ike Pond
  • 順序10 min by car
  • Toguchinohama Beach
  • 順序10 min by car
  • Makiyama Observatory

Population / Area / Circumference

  • Population: about 54
  • Area: 9.54 k㎡
  • Circumference: 17.5 km

Guidebooks available on the island

  • Japanese Only
下地島ガイドブック

Links

Miyako Island Tourist Association
http://www.miyako-guide.net/
Miyakojima City
http://www.city.miyakojima.lg.jp/index.html

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