Welcome to Miyako Islands


In 2015, nine years of construction culminated in the opening of the 3540m Irabu Bridge (伊良部大橋), rendering the ferry obsolete and making Irabu-jima and Shimoji-jima much more accessible from Miyako-jima. Despite the increased ease of getting here, these islands retain a stuck-in-time feel and an unhurried pace, enhanced by abiding island congeniality.

One gets the feeling that the rush of tourism and development that was anticipated once the bridge was completed never really came, which makes the area, whose natural beauty sells itself, just that little bit more interesting.


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Miyako Islands in detail