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Hateruma Island

At a glance

Hateruma Island is Japan's southernmost inhabited island and it formed from elevated coral reefs. The name of the island derives from the Okinawan word for coral reefs. Hateruma Island has many places of natural scenic beauty, including views of pastoral sugar cane fields and sheer 60-meter tall cliffs, as well as the beautiful Nishihama Beach, which was voted Japan's best beach in 2012. Hateruma is very unique in that there are no habu pit vipers on the island, or are there any traffic lights. The island is where the rare type of Awamori, Awanami, is brewed.
Getting to Hateruma Island involves traveling over open ocean, so traveling to the island depends greatly on ocean conditions, and thus the island is also known for its many ferry cancellations. However, the remoteness is exactly what captivates visitors from outside the island, enticing people to try their luck with sea travel.
Upon arrival at the island, visitors generally will have transportation to the village arranged by their place of accommodation, followed up check-in and sightseeing. As places of interest are a bit spaced apart along a gentle hill, visitors are encouraged to get around on an electric bicycle or motorcycle. The island offers the perfect setting for stargazing, as it is also known for clearest view of the Southern Cross in all of Japan between the months of December and June.

Transportation

● Getting there

First go to Ishigaki Island by air and then on to the island by ship.

New Ishigaki Airport   Ishigaki Port Rito Terminal (about 27 min by car)
 

High-speed boat: about 60 min, 3 times daily

One of them is via Ohara Port in Iriomote Island (about 75 min)
Ishigaki Port

  Hateruma Port

      (round trip: \5,700 for adults, \2,850 for children)

Anei Kanko Telephone:+81-980-83-0055

● Getting around the island

Bus:

Hateruma Port   Village \300
Anei Kanko Hateruma Island Agent (Minoru-So) Telephone:+81-980-85-8438

Rental cars:

Subaru Rent-A-Car Telephone:+81-980-85-8567
HOTEL Oceans Telephone:+81-980-85-8787
Minshuku Manya Telephone:+81-980-85-8058
 
*Advance reservation is recommended.

Rental motorcycles / bicycles:

Rental  Shop Kumanomi Telephone:+81-980-85-8577
HOTEL Oceans Telephone:+81-980-85-8787
Minshuku Manya Telephone:+81-980-85-8058
Nishimoto Shoten
(Only Bicycle )
Telephone:+81-980-85-8550
 
*Each guesthouse has motorcycles and bicycles for tent, or they can introduce the rental shop.

*There are no regular buses or taxis on the island.

Recommended Itineraries

  • ● Half Day (about 3 to 4 hr)
  • Hateruma Port
  • 順序
    3 min by motorcycle
  • Nishihama Beach
  • 順序10 min by motorcycle
  • Japan's Southernmost Point Monument
  • 順序1 min by motorcycle
  • Starlit Sky Observation Tower
  • 順序2 min by motorcycle
  • Cape Takanazaki
  • 順序3 min by motorcycle
  • Monument of Oyakeakahachi
  • 順序3 min by motorcycle
  • Hateruma Port

Population / Area / Circumference

  • Population: about 540
  • Area: 12.77 k㎡
  • Circumference: 14.8 km

Guidebooks available on the island

  • Japanese Only
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Specialty items

  • Awamori / mochikibi (glutinous millet) / brown sugar / black sugar produced in Hateruma Island

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