Attractions

Top Choice Beach in Iriomote-jima

Ida-no-hama

From Shirahama, at the western end of the north coast road, there are four daily boats (¥500) to the isolated settlement of Funauki. Once there, it's a mere 10-minute walk on to the absolutely gorgeous Ida-no-hama.
Beach in Iriomote-jima

Hoshisuna-no-hama

If you're looking to do a bit of snorkelling, head to this beach on the northwestern tip of the island. The beach is named after its star sand, which actually consists of the dried skeletons of marine protozoa. If y…
Waterfall in Iriomote-jima

Pinaisāra-no-taki

At the back of a mangrove-lined bay called Funaura-wan, a few kilometres east of Uehara, you can make out the lovely Pinaisāra-no-taki, Okinawa’s highest waterfall at 55m. When the tide is right, you can paddle a ka…
Museum in Iriomote-jima

Iriomote Wildlife Conservation Center

If you are at all intrigued by the yamaneko (Iriomote's endemic wildcat), whose critically endangered population hovers around 100, it's worth stopping by this small natural-history centre. Exhibits include English …
Island in Iriomote-jima

Barasu-tō

Located off the north coast of Iriomote-jima is the unusual Barasu-tō, an islet formed entirely of bits of broken coral. In addition to the tiny island itself, the reefs nearby are in quite good condition and make f…
Beach in Iriomote-jima

Tsuki-ga-hama

The best swimming beach on the island is Tsuki-ga-hama, a crescent-shaped yellow-sand beach at the mouth of the Urauchi-gawa on the north coast.
Waterfall in Iriomote-jima

Kanpire-no-taki

Kanpire-no-taki, a low-scale series of waterfalls, is the turnaround point for hikers who have travelled up the Urauchi-gawa.
Waterfall in Iriomote-jima

Mariyudō-no-taki

A trek upriver through the damp Iriomote forest leads to the lovely Mariyudō-no-taki, a series of low waterfalls.