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.
Top Choice Beach in Ishigaki-jima

Sunset Beach

At the north end of the island, on the west coast, you will find this long strip of sand with a bit of offshore reef. As the name implies, this is one of the island's best spots to watch the sun set into the East Ch…
Top Choice Beach in Ishigaki-jima

Kabira-wan

Kabira-wan is a sheltered bay with white-sand shores and a couple of interesting clumplike islets offshore. Swimming is not allowed in the bay, as pearls are cultivated here, but there's no shortage of glass-bottome…
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…
Beach in Taketomi-jima

Kaiji-hama

On the southwest coast is Kaiji-hama, this lovely stretch of beach also happens to be the main hoshi-suna (star sand) hunting ground. If you don't arrive bearing some kind of container for the miniscule treasures, t…
Landmark in Hateruma-jima

Japan's southernmost point

Cycling along roads criss-crossing fields of sugar cane and tracing kilometres of unspoiled coastline – the southernmost point in Japan feels appropriately far-flung once you've arrived. There's also a monument mark…
Beach in Hateruma-jima

Nishihama

Just to the west of the port is this perfect beach of snow-white sand with some good coral offshore. Here you will find free public showers, toilets and a camping ground.
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 …
Beach in Hateruma-jima

Takanazaki

At the southeast corner of the island is this impressive 1km-long cliff of Ryūkyū limestone, pounded by the Pacific Ocean. There's a small observatory here, and at the western end of the cliffs is a small monument m…