Yaeyama Islands

This lovely stretch of beach is on the southwest coast, also happens to be the main hoshi-suna (star sand) hunting ground. If you don't arrive bearing some kind of container for the minuscule treasures, there's usually a stall here selling small vials of star sand.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Yaeyama Islands attractions

1. Kondoi Beach

0.37 MILES

Kondoi Beach, on the west coast, offers the best swimming on the island. At the entrance to the beach you'll find bike parking, picnic tables and toilets.

2. Nagomi-no-tō


Roughly in the centre of the village, this modest lookout tower has good views over the red-tiled roofs of the pancake-flat island.

3. Nishitō Utaki

0.91 MILES

This shrine is dedicated to a 16th-century ruler of the Yaeyama Islands who was born on Taketomi-jima, and whose tomb lies behind the shrine.

4. Kihōin Shūshūkan

0.94 MILES

At the west of the village, this private museum houses a diverse collection of local folk artefacts.

5. Taketomi Mingei-kan

0.95 MILES

This is the workshop where the island's woven minsā belts and other textiles are produced.

6. Fusaki Beach Aqua Garden

4.58 MILES

Nonguests of the adjacent resort can pay to enter this massive 'aqua garden' complex with a beachfront pool, bar-restaurant, yoga lessons and a huge range…

7. Tōrin-ji

5.22 MILES

Founded in 1614, the Zen temple of Tōrin-ji, near the intersection of Shimin-kaikan-dōri and Rte 79, is home to the 18th-century guardian statues of Deva…

8. Gongen-dō

5.22 MILES

Adjacent to the temple Tōrin-ji is Gongen-dō, a small shrine rebuilt after being destroyed by a tsunami in 1771.