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Ie Island

IejimaMap of Ie Island Ie Island is located about 6 km northwest of Ocean Expo Park on Motobu Peninsula.
In Japanese, it is called "Iejima".

It has an elongated circular shape. It is about 9 km from east to west and 3 to 4 km from north ti south in width.

The island is flat as a whole, but only Mount Gusuku about 172 meters high sticks up.
It is the landmark of Ie Island, and the nickname is "Tatchuu".

In the island, there are some beautiful natural spots and traces of war.
We can visit here by ferry from Motobu Peninsula or by airplane from Naha Airport.

The ferry port is on the south coast, and there is the main town around the port.
Iejima Airport is at the center of the island, but it has no regular flight now.
And there is an air station of US forces at the northwest part of the island.

Popular spots in Ie Island

  • Mount Gusuku (Tatchuu) /1/ : The only mountain in Ie Island. It is about 1.5 km north of Ie Port.
    It is rare in the world, because it was formed by from old bedrock by the upward force of new bedrocks from below.
    We can climb to the top on foot.
  • Destroyed Public pawn-shop /2/ : The ruin of the building of Public pawn-shop located at the southern foot of Mount Gusuku.
    It was built in 1929, but was destroyed by the Battle of Okinawa in 1945.
    It is the only building in this island retaining the original form.
  • Ie Beach /3/ : The beautiful beach on the southeastern coast of the island.
    The beach is covered with white sand, and the length is about 1 km.
  • Lily Field Park /4/ : The park near the north coast.
    A million lilies are planted, and Lily Festival is held in late April every year.
  • Wajii /5/ : The steep cliffs along the northwest coast.
    The cliffs are over 60 meters high, and we can see the beautiful sea below our eyes.
    "Wajii" means "spring" in Okinawa dialect.
    Clear water is springing from the cliff and it has been the daily life water.
  • Nyatiya Cave /6/ : A cave located about 3.5 km west of Ie Port.
    In the cave, there is "Chikara-ishi" stone. If infertile woman lifts the stone, it is said that she shall have a baby.
    And during the Battle of Okinawa, this cave was used as an air-raid shelter.
  • Ernie Pyle Memorial /7/ : It is a cenotaph of Ernest Taylor Pyle (1900-1945).
    He was a famous embedded journalist, and his nickname was "Ernie".
    He was killed here by a sniper of Japanese army on April 18th. He lies at rest in the cemetery in Hawaii.
    The memorial service is held in mid-April every year.
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Other Building or Construction / Historic place / Remains / World Heritage Site

How to get to here

By route bus and ship

  1. By express route bus with route No.111, about 2 hours from Naha terminal to Nago terminal.
  2. By route bus with route No.65, about 37 minutes from Nago terminal to Motobuko (Motobu Port).
  3. By ferry, about 30 minutes from Motobu Port to Ie Port.

A view of Iejima on the ferry Sunset view of Iejima
Tatchuu A view of Ie Island on the top of Tatchuu
Destroyed Public pawn-shop ie Beach
Lily Field Park Wajii
Nyatiya Cave Ernie Pyle Memorial

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