Treasures on land, in sea make inhabited Okinawan island of Iriomote a rare jewel

Barasu, just a few miles from Iriomote Island, is a shoal made entirely of coral fragments and appears only during the low tide. (AYA ICHIHASHI/STARS AND STRIPES)
Barasu, just a few miles from Iriomote Island, is a shoal made entirely of coral fragments and appears only during the low tide. (AYA ICHIHASHI/STARS AND STRIPES)

Treasures on land, in sea make inhabited Okinawan island of Iriomote a rare jewel

by Aya Ichihashi
Stars and Stripes

If anyone asks me to pick my favorite from the 15 inhabited islands that I’ve visited in Okinawa prefecture, there is no hesitation: Iriomote.

Iriomote Island is a 45-minute ferry ride from Ishigaki Island, which is a 50-minute flight from Naha, on the main island of Okinawa.

Ninety percent of Iriomote is covered with untamed evergreen and mangrove forests, mountains and rivers. I’ve visited there four times and every visit makes the island more special. There is so much to do there; I recommend at least a three-night stay to cover both land and sea.

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