Iriomote Island’s land-based treasures include waterfalls, gardens and scrumptious snacks

At Hoshizuna Beach on Iriomote Island visitors can find star-shaped sand. (AYA ICHIHASHI/STARS AND STRIPES)
At Hoshizuna Beach on Iriomote Island visitors can find star-shaped sand. (AYA ICHIHASHI/STARS AND STRIPES)

Iriomote Island’s land-based treasures include waterfalls, gardens and scrumptious snacks

by Aya Ichihashi
Stars and Stripes

Imagine kayaking serenely through a mangrove forest as tropical birds sing all around you. 

If you’re lucky, you might spot a crested serpent eagle perched on a branch. 

If you are into trekking, kayaking and outdoor adventures, Iriomote is your paradise. 

Ninety percent of this island in Okinawa prefecture is covered with untamed evergreen and mangrove forests, mountains and rivers. I’ve gone there four times and every visit makes the island more special.

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