Kume Island ("Kumejima" in Japanese) is located about 100 km west of
Naha city on Okinawa Island.
The shape looks like a trapezoid.
The length from northwest to southeast is about 15 km, and the width is
about 7 km.
The highest point is the top of Mount Uegusuku about 310 meters high.
This island is rich in water, so rice had been cultivated since ancient
But the fields were changed to the sugarcane cultivation after the end
of World War II.
The sea around the island is very clear, and there are some popular
From the east coast, a coral sand cay extends to the east for about 10
km, and a few islands and interesting sand banks are on it.
And because this island was not attacked during the Battle of Okinawa,
some old spots are dotted in the island.
So we can enjoy both marine resort and visiting tourist spots in this
There is Kumejima Airport at the west end of the island. It has some
flights a day from Naha Airport.
And the ferry comes into Kanegusuku Port from Naha Tomari Port once or
twice a day.
There are some resort hotels, and many small minshuku (Japansese style
inn) or resort inns in this island.
Most of them are around Kanegusuku Port where the ferry comes and
around Iifu Beach on the east coast.
Route bus is operated in the island. It runs on the roads around the
island and to the airport.
But it runs only 5 to 6 times a day.
To tour around Kume Island, you had better rent a car or motorbike, or
use a sightseeing taxi.
Main spots in Kume
- Iifu Beach /1/
: The main beach in Kume Island on
the east coast.
There is the beach of white sand about 2 km long, and some hotels,
minshukus, restautants and shops are around the beach.
coast /2/ : The coast where
unique rocks like tortoiseshell spread.
It is located on the southern coast of Oujima island to the east of
The rocks were formed by columnar joint of andesite.
Beach /3/ : Three sand banks on
the coral sand cay to the east of Oujima and Ohajima islands.
The tolal length is about 7 km. We can go to there by courtesy boat
from Iifu Beach.
We can swim or dive around there, but there is no artificial material
on the banks.
- Ruin of
Nakazatomagiri-kuramoto /4/ : The ruin of a government office
of Ryukyu Kingdom.
The office was built in 1783, and the stone walls and stone gate remain
cliff /5/ : The observatory on
the northeast coast.
It is on the cliff about 200 meters high.
We can see the beautiful sea. Also we can see Hatenohama.
- Ruin of
Uegusuku castle /6/ : The ruin of the castle on the top
of Mount Uegusuku 310 meters high.
It was the castle built at the highest place in Okinawa, and was
destroyed in 1510 by the troops of Ryukyu Kingdom.
rock /7/ : A huge rock near
north coast of the island.
It is about 40 meters high and 70 meters wide, but it is only 5 meters
- Miifugaa rock
/8/ : A large rock with a
big hole near the coast.
It is believed that childless woman will be blessed with a newborn by
praying the rock.
- Ruin of
Gushikawa Castle /9/ : The ruin of castle on the cliff
near the northwest coast.
It was built in the 15th century.
In those days, many valuable goods from Japan and China were carried
into this castle.
Many stone walls remain, and the restoration work has been done.
pine tree /10/ : A pine tree planted
in the 18th century.
The branches stretch widely, and it is thick and green beautifully.
- Uezu House
/11/ : The old house of a
warrior class built around 1700.
It is the oldest house in Okinawa, and is designated as a nationally
important cultural property.
Natural Cultural Center /12/ : The museum introducing the nature
and culture of Kume Island.
There are many exhibited objects and photoes about Kume Island.
Scenic or Nature /
Park or Garden /
City, Town or Village /
Quarter or Street /
Temple or Shrine /
Museum or Laboratory /
Market or Commercial facility /
Other Building or Construction /
Historic place /
World Heritage Site
How to get to here
About 35 minutes from Naha Airport.
About 3 hours and 15 minites to 4
hours from Naha Tomari Port.
Photo by Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau
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