Miyakojima, Japan

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Miyako Island (Miyakojima), the fourth largest in the Okinawa Prefecture, has a rich history that dates to the Jomon Period. The original language is still spoken on the island, which has developed its own cultural heritage; its own version of soba noodles; and its own Otori customs, including a ceremonial drinking of awamori (rice liquor), the island's signature beverage. Miyakojima is most renowned for its spectacular natural scenery. It lays claim to some of Japan's best beaches, 62 miles (100 km.) of coastline fringed by a vibrant coral reef. Its underwater splendor and subtropical year-round climate make it a highly prized diving destination. Sugar cane fields and mangrove groves stretch as far as the eye can see, punctuated by small towns and graceful bridges that connect Miyakojima to four smaller islets, making island hopping a breeze. The Botanical Gardens offers trails lined with over 1,600 types of plants, including the official Prefectural "Deigo" Flower. The island's unique cultural and industrial endeavors are delightfully varied, and visitors can tour a commemorative German Cultural Village, watch the creation of hemp cloth called Miyako-Jofu, which is woven into intricate patterns, and sample and purchase salt products from the factory that produces salt with the highest mineral content in the world. For more traditional souvenirs, shop at one of the large specialty malls offering everything from Japanese mementos to cosmetics, top brand-name apparel and confections. And when you feel like doing nothing at all, just soak in an onsen overlooking the picturesque landscape.

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  • Shigira Ougon onsen resort Shigira Ougon onsen resort

    Bubbling waters rise from a 1,250-meter underground source surrounded by lush vegetation and picturesque views, creating a warm, relaxing and therapeutic Japanese bath experience.

  • Ueno German Culture Village Ueno German Culture Village

    Paying homage to the Meiji Era (1868-1912), when a German vessel shipwrecked off the Miyako coast. This theme park has a replica of the Marksburg Castle and presents Germanic culture in a variety of fun family attractions.

  • AEON town shopping mall AEON town shopping mall

    Explore this modern consumer complex, a treasure trove of the latest fashions, souvenirs, cosmetics, electronics and more

  • Maehama Beach Maehama Beach

    Walk along the white-sand shores of one of the top-rated beaches in Japan. The driver will choose based on weather and beach conditions.

  • Irabu Ohashi Bridge Irabu Ohashi Bridge

    Irabu-Ohashi Bridge is a bridge between Miyakojima and Irabujima in Okinawa Prefecture. The total length of the bridge is 3,540 meters, and it is the longest toll-free bridge in Japan.

  • Imugya Marine Garden Imugya Marine Garden

  • Yukishio (Snow Powder Salt) Facility Yukishio (Snow Powder Salt) Facility


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