VIDEO| Kudaka Island off Okinawa’s coast is an ‘Island of God’

by Shoji Kudaka
Stripes Okinawa

Only about a 20-minute ferry ride from the southeast coast of Okinawa’s main island, Kudaka Island is a popular destination for tourists. The island is often referred to as an “Island of God” where the origins of Ryukyu Kingdom (1429-1879) reside.

There are no rental cars on the island, so visitors head to the sites on foot or on bikes. Due to the many sites related to local folklore and local history, the island is considered to be sacred. As such, tourists are expected to be respectful of the island. Some areas are restricted to the public and it is prohibited to remove rocks, sand, coral, plants and coconut crab from Kudaka Island.

Home to many beautiful beaches, the island’s Meigi Beach is the only one designated for water activities. Kudaka Island is not a place for resort, shopping, or commercial entertainment. However, this idyllic island with rich historical heritage and untouched nature spots attract tourists looking for a relaxing atmosphere and spiritual inspiration.

 

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