VIDEO: Quick trip to Okinawa's splendid Iriomote Island

VIDEO: Quick trip to Okinawa's splendid Iriomote Island

by Shoji Kudaka
Stripes Okinawa

Join us as we take a short virtual journey to Iriomote Island.

To get here, hop on a flight then a ferry ride from mainland Japan. Or, if you’re stationed on Okinawa, a short flight and a ferry ride from Naha will get you there. Despite the distance, Iriomote Island has plenty of nature, culture, activities, and food for those looking for a getaway that’s out of the ordinary.

Some of the must-see spots in Iriomote Island include:

  • Ida no Hama – This sandy beach known for crystal waters and a superb ocean view is one of a kind. It draws visitors from long and wide despite its remote location on the island’s western coast.
  • Barras Island— This unique land mass made up of sea coral off the northern coast of Iriomote is a great snorkeling spot to check out the local tropical fish and a close up look at the reefs.
  • Urauchi River – This 10 km river boasts one of Japan’s biggest mangrove jungles. Take a boat tour here and connect with nature, explore the waterfalls and coal mine ruins within.

Last, but not least, Yufu Island is a destination that you can’t miss. A 15-minute ride on a water buffalo cart through shallow waters will take you there. Just 0.5 km away from the west coast of Iriomote Island, this small island is home to a flower garden, a butterfly garden and a pond where the water buffalo gather.

While touring Iriomote Island, make sure you try some shima-banana, a local banana with a rich and creamy texture and sour flavor. These fruits are unique to Okinawa, so grab one or a few during your visit.

I hope you enjoyed a look at Iriomote Island through travel photos and that it's inspired your next trip. Stay safe and get ready to travel with us in our next video. Thanks for watching!

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