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Yaeyama Islands

About Yaeyama Islands

A family of isles situated at the southern end of the Okinawan archipelago, the Yaeyama Islands are a surprisingly accessible getaway from Japan. Wanting sun, scuba diving or sand? Yaeyama's aquamarine waters teem with wildlife -- namely sea turtles, dolphins and even stingrays -- due to plenty of coral reefs. On land, the islands are home to distinctive mangrove forests and palm trees lending a lush and exotic feel to surroundings. The influence of Chinese culture -- the islands are closer to Taiwan, after all -- also hints at the rich history of the area. A visit to museums or former samurai residences provides a fascinating glimpse into local customs and folklore. Have an interest in gastronomy and food? Ishigaki Island is renown for its marbled local beef, which rivals that of Kobe. Vegetables, such as fern sprouts and pine tree foliage, abound. Seafood is plentiful and fresh. Fermented foods, snake meat and pigs' ears appear on local menus, too. Travelers journeying here will find much to do and enjoy!

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Kanpira-so

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Kanpira-so is a friendly and affordable 16-room bed and breakfast in Iriomote Island open all year round.

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Urauchi River Excursion Boat Boarding Point

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Iriomote Island has one of the largest subtropical jungles in Japan and the kayak trip allows visitors to see the smaller creeks and the unique nature.

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Todomarihama (Tsukigahama)

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Tsukigahama is a beach in Iriomotejima whose name (literally "Moon Beach") comes from the arc shape which looks like the moon.

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Iriomotejima Island

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Iriomotejima, otherwise known as Iriomote Island, is part of the Yaeyama Islands in Okinawa. The island is home to the Iriomote cat, an endangered species.