The island in Japan where the sun sets last, surprising and moving people in a different way each time they come here
Yonaguni Island is the westernmost point of Japan. It has mountains, valleys and rivers, and abundant subtropical nature. It is also home to indigenous plants and animals. The Atlas moth, the largest moths in the world, and some rare wild birds can be seen on Yonaguni Island. The residents earn their living from fisheries, sugar cane cultivation, tourism, and some dairy farming. Horses and cattle are grazed in the pasture land near Agarizaki Point, on the east end of the island.
Yonaguni Island is also renowned for the massive underwater rock formation about 100 m off the coast of Arakawabana. Although it is still unclear whether the rocks are a natural formation or an artificial construction, they do look like monuments submerged underwater. In order to take a look at these rocks, it used to be required to dive or snorkel under the sea, but currently you can observe them from half-submersible vessels.
While there are tranquil spots, such as Higawa-hama Beach, where there are few waves, and Dannu-hama Beach, from which you can see coral reefs through transparent water, there are also dynamic sights, such as Tachigami-iwa Rock, which rises up from the sea and is referred to as god’s rock, and Sanninu-dai Coast, where there are large rocks shaped like battleships. Because Yonaguni Island has such a wide variety of aspects, some peaceful, some delicate, and some powerful, you can find something surprising and moving every time you visit.
- Yonagun, Yonaguni-cho, Yaeyama-gun, Okinawa
- 0980-87-2402 (Yonaguni Town Tourist Association)