Peaceful scenery of a beautiful coastline and sugar cane fields spreading out before your eyes
The Yaeyama Islands are in the west part of the Nansei Island chain, spreading from the south of Kyushu to the east of Taiwan. They comprise ten inhabited islands and some uninhabited peripheral islands. Kohama Island is located roughly in the center, so it is also referred to as the "Navel of Yaeyama Islands." The island became famous in Japan after providing the setting for a TV drama. Although it is a small island without a river, the land here has abundant water enabling the cultivation of agricultural products such as sugar cane and rice. Because there are no buses or taxis on the island, tourists often enjoy cycling along "Sugar road," running along the center of the island through sugar cane fields. There is a settlement of houses with red tile roofs at the end of the road. The traditional atmosphere is preserved in the settlement, where you can occasionally hear the sound of weaving in houses.
Other recommended sightseeing spots in the island include Mount Ufudaki, 99.4 m tall, in the center of the island. There is an observatory on the mountain top from which you can see Ishigaki Island, Taketomi Island, Kuro Island, Aragusuku Island, Iriomote Island, Hatoma Island, Kayama Island, Hateruma Island and more when the weather is clear. Kubazaki Beach, which extends far out on the west end of the island, is also very beautiful.
Address: Kohama, Taketomi-cho, Yaeyama-gun, Okinawa
Phone: 0980-82-5445 (Ishigaki Office, Taketomi Town Tourist Association)
Directions: (Train) Kohama Port: 1 hour 10 minutes from Naha Airport.