Okinawa and the Ryukyu Islands: The First Comprehensive Guide to the Entire Ryukyu Island Chain

**Lowell Thomas Annual commute e-book Award Silver Medal Winner 2015**

Travel to the main inspiring tropical islands on this planet! every little thing you wish is during this one handy Okinawa shuttle guide—including a wide pull-out map.

Okinawa and the Ryukyu Islands is the 1st finished commute advisor to the a hundred and fifty sub-tropical island chain that stretches throughout six hundred miles from Japan to Taiwan. those are essentially the most stunningly attractive islands within the world!

Trek up energetic volcanoes, soak in nature scorching springs, take pleasure in pristine white sand shorelines, and pattern Okinawa's exceptional homegrown delicacies. skilled writer Robert Walker tells you the way to get there, the place to head, the place to stick and what to do, including:

  • Ferry schedules and flights
  • accommodations on all inhabited islands
  • top shores and surf spots
  • Hikes and nature walks
  • attractions appropriate for households with children
  • old and cultural landmarks

Illustrated with over 2 hundred colour photos and forty maps, this publication presents crucial commute the best way to aid travelers steer clear of expensive error. additionally it is a wide fold-out map of Okinawa and the Ryukyu chain with insets for the foremost islands and towns.

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Five kilometers) we’ll arrive at a bigger and slightly extra wealthy harbor, Heshikiya Port (平敷屋港; Heshikiya-kō). as well as fishing craft, it's the situation of the marine terminal for the ferry to Tsuken Island. yet ahead of boarding the ferry, there’s yet one more spot of an island within sight, even though it’s going to be inaccessible to many people for it’s on the very finish of the Katsuren Peninsula, that is an army base. 12 AGINAMIIWA アギナミ岩 Aginamiiwa (アギナミ岩; Aginami-iwa) is straight away south of and adjoining to Heshikiya city and its port is the very finish, the final tip, of the Katsuren Peninsula. the top is ready a 3rd of a sq. mile (a sq. kilometer) and entirely occupied by way of the united states military. It’s White seashore Naval Facility, a staging quarter for Marines and their gear. It’s a port of demand nuclear-powered warships and submarines, which often dock the following. White seashore can be a well-liked leisure facility for US carrier individuals and their visitors. as well as its seashore, there are either indoor and outside pools, water activities apparatus (seadoos, kayaks, and so forth. ) for lease, numerous cabins and cottages and a restaurant and bar. approximately 1,050 ft (325 meters) offshore from the seashore, on the very finish of the top, starts a collection of rocks extending one other 985 ft (300 meters) additional south. There are six or seven of them, looking on the peak of the tide. Aginamiiwa, a small set of islets off the ultimate tip of the Katsuren Peninsula at White seashore Naval Facility. There’s fairly no longer a lot, only a bunch of rocks, frequently referred to as iwa rather than jima, for they are surely simply rocks with a few crops. They’re so small that they slightly qualify as “islets. ” At low tide you could stroll out to them. the 1st are each one approximately 100–130 ft (30–40 meters) throughout in anybody course. the following 3 variety from 30–65 toes (10–20 meters) in dimension and the final, greatest islet is ready 325 by way of 440 ft (100 via a hundred thirty five metrs) in quarter. It’s most likely secure to assert that it’s an exceptional fishing spot as there are constantly eastern fishermen out right here, both perched at the rocks or anchored of their boats. thirteen GONJIYANIWA ゴンジヤン岩 nearly 2,620 toes (800 meters) due east of Aginami-iwa and round 2,625 toes (625 meters) southeast of the White seashore facility’s white seashore, is another huge rock, Gonijiyaniwa (ゴンジヤン岩; Gonjiyaniwa). It’s approximately 230 ft (70 meters) throughout from east to west and maybe a hundred thirty toes (40 meters) extensive from north to south. It’s nearly with out plants. in addition to Kudaka, Tsuken is likely one of the “big” islands in Nakagusuku Bay. Tsuken’s little sister islet, tiny Afuiwa, is simply to the left at most sensible. 14 TSUKENJIMA 津堅島 At its very closest to mainland Okinawa, Tsukenjima (津堅島; Tsuken-jima) is a bit more than 2. five miles (4 kilometers) from its northern finish to the seashore at White seashore Naval Station. yet from Heshikiya Port (平敷 屋港; Heshikiya-kō) to Tsuken Port (津堅港; Tsuken-kō) it’s a tad additional, approximately five miles (8 kilometers). In both case, you get the image, it’s no longer a ways.

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