Okinawa Main Island (Okinawa Prefecture)
Welcome to Okinawa main island
The Okinawa Islands seem a different apart from the rest of Japan, with a slower pace of life, a tropical climate, white sandy beaches and traditions unique to the islands. They’re principally composed of Okinawa Main Island and Ie, Iheya, Izena, Kerama, Kudaka, and Kume Islands. Of these, Okinawa Main Island is a favorite with visitors, owing to its easy accessibility, rich history and wealth of scenic beauty, including clear waters, coral reefs with tropical fish, and subtropical vegetation. First-class resorts line the west coast of the island, offering swimming, scuba diving, fishing and golfing.
Okinawa has two other important island:
- Miyako Island, 320 km. (198 miles) southwest of Okinawa Main Island, is characterized by sugarcane fields and white sandy beaches washed by emerald-colored seas, a mecca for scuba divers. The island is also noted for its unique Miyako-jofu fabric and its nightlife.
- Ishigaki Island, about 120 km. (74 miles) farther southwest of Miyako Island, is considered the gateway for visits to other Yaeyama Islands. In addition to its emerald-green waters and white sandy beaches, it is also well known for its pineapples and black pearls.