Kerama Islands are located about 40 km west of Naha city on Okinawa
There are over 20 islands in size from small to large, and most of them are surrounded by coral reefs.
The sea around Kerama islands has the world's leading transparency.
So these islands are known as one of the popular spots of scuba diving and whale watching.
Of course, this beautiful nature is very precious. So this water area has been inscribed as a registered wetlands under the Ramsar Convention.
And the wild deer living in these islands is an endemic species.
It is said that the deer was brought back from Kagoshima Prefecture by a royalty of Ryukyu Kingdom in the mid-17th century and the species has been changed by island dwarfing.
In 1945, U.S. forces left from Guam island and attacked these islands
first on March 23rd.
They landed on here on 26th and occupied by 29th.
The government by Japanese army had announced the whole nation that American tourtured the captives to death brutally.
So about 700 people killed themselves before they became captives.
(Of course, the announcement was the biased education by Japanese army.)
Only four islands have the islanders.
They are Tokashiki, Zamami, Aka and Geruma Islands.
There are two routes of ship from Naha Port to Kerama Islands.
One is the route to Tokashiki Island.
Another is the route to Zamami and Aka islands. Aka Island and Geruma Island are connected with a bridge.
But we have no method to come and go between Tokashiki Island and the other islands. (Once we have to go back to Naha.)
These islands have no large hotel or ryokan.
There are many small minshuku (Japansese style inn) or resort inns around the main ports.
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