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Japan - Okinawa & the Southwest Islands (PDF Chapter)
The Southwest Islands reveal a Japan you may not know exists: a chain of semitropical, coral-fringed islands evocative of Hawaii. But spectacular nature is only part of it – the Southwest Islands exude a peculiarly ‘un-Japanese’ culture – the Ryūkyū cultural heart still beats strongly here.
- soak up the sun on one of the Kerama Islands white-sand beaches
- hike into the mountainous heart of Yakushima to commune with ancient yakusugi trees
- dive with playful manta rays at Ishigaki-jima
- restaurants & accommodation
Coverage includes: Ōsumi Islands, Yakushima, Tanegashima, Amami Islands, Amami-Ōshima, Tokunoshima, Okinoerabu-jima, Yoron-tō, Okinawa-hontō, Naha, Southern Okinawa-hontō, Motobu Peninsula, Northern Okinawa-hontō, Kerama Islands, Aka-jima, Zamami-jima, Kume-jima, Miyako Islands, Miyako-jima, Irabu-jima & Shimoji-jima, Yaeyama Islands, Ishigaki-jima, Iriomote-jima, Taketomi-jima, Hateruma-jima and Yonaguni-jima.
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