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Japan's only island where you can enjoy subtropical flora and fauna

Iriomote Island

Recommended degree
★★★★

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Iriomote Island

Iriomote

Iriomote is the largest of the Yaeyama Islands and is located to the southwest of Okinawa Island. It's area is 289.61km2, the circumference is 129.99 km, and the highest point is 469.5m. It is a flatland with a tropical forest on the slope of the mountain.

Treasure land with rare animals and plants

Iriomotejima is an island in which 90% is covered with tropical forests. There are more than 40 rivers where seawater mixes with fresh water. In this brackish water is where mangrove forests grow. The average temperature is 23 degrees all year round and this island hosts such rare species as the Iriomote jungle cat, Spilornis cheela and Kishinoue's Giant Skink, the biggest in Japan.
10 islands of Yaeyama island chain are inhabited: Ishigaki-jima, Taketomi-jima, Kohama-jima, Kuro-shima, Aragusuku-jima, Iriomote-jima, Yubu-jima, Hatoma-jima, Hateruma-jima, Yonaguni-jima and the islands around Sekiseishoko. Tosho Islands are uninhabited.
 

Activities around the island

There are a lot of nature experience tours on Iriomote Island. You can also do a cruise through the jungle on a pleasure boat or canoe, snorkeling in the northern part of the island, trekking through the forest etc. Be sure to book a tour via a tour company if you want to enjoy the nature of Iriomote. It will be a precious experience.

Getting around the island

Please use a car, tourist bus or fixed-route bus. On the Prefectural Road #215 that runs through the island, only one vehicle at a time can pass and traffic lights are very few. You can explore the island by car in 1 hour. Please keep the speed at a minimum, as there are a lot of curves and wild animals running across the roads.

Access

First, you will need to go to Shin-Ishigaki Airport from Naha Airport and get on a ferry at the ferry terminal. There are two ports on Iriomotejima: Uehara and Ohara. Time required: 45 minutes to Uehara and 35 minutes to Ohara.


 

Information of Iriomote Island

Spot name Iriomote Island
Address Iriomote, Taketomi-cho, Yaeyama-gun, Okinawa

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