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Kume Island

Kume IslandMap of Kume Island 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 times.
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 beautiful beaches.
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 island.

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 Island

  • 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.
  • Tatami-ishi coast /2/ : The coast where unique rocks like tortoiseshell spread.
    It is located on the southern coast of Oujima island to the east of Iifu Beach.
    The rocks were formed by columnar joint of andesite.
  • Hatenohama 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 now.
  • Hiyajo-Banta 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.
  • Tachijami 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 thick.
  • 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.
  • Goeda-no-matsu 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.
  • Kumejima 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 / Resort / City, Town or Village / Quarter or Street /
Temple or Shrine / Museum or Laboratory / Market or Commercial facility / Factory /
Other Building or Construction / Historic place / Remains / World Heritage Site

How to get to here

By airplane

About 35 minutes from Naha Airport.

By ship

About 3 hours and 15 minites to 4 hours from Naha Tomari Port.

Iifu Beach Tatami-ishi
Hatenohama A view of Ohajima from Hatenohama
Nakazatomagiri-kuramoto Hiyajo-Banta
Photo by Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau
Uegusuku castle on the top Ruin of Uegusuku castle
Tachijami Miifugaa
Gushikawa Castle A view of sea from Gushikawa Castle
Goeda-no-matsu Uezu House
Kumejima Natural Cultural Center Inside od Kumejima Natural Cultural Center

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