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Overview

Basic information

Iriomote Island is the second largest island in Okinawa Prefecture, following Okinawa Island,
and the largest island in the Yaeyama archipelago.
Praised as "Japan's last unexplored kingdom",
the island is designated a national park and about 90% of its land is covered by jungle (subtropical forest).

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Climate & Season Calendar

Temperature: 1981 to 2010 averages

Iriomote Island Season Calendar

The attractions of Iriomote Island

In the west, you'll find Urauchi River (including Mariyudu and Kampire waterfalls),
the longest in Okinawa Prefecture, as well as Ida no Hama Beach and Nakara River (including Nara Falls),
which leads from jungles and mangrove forests to a beautiful coral reef.
The main attractions in the east include Nakama River, the looking-glass mangroves and Yubu Island.

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The island is 90% covered in tropical jungle and near the pristine Oku-Iriomote coral reef.

  • Nara Falls

    ara Falls

    Secluded Nara Falls is deep in the jungle and flows into Nakara River, which is lined by mangroves.

  • Yubu Island

    Yubu Island

    A small island of 2.15km circumference. This island is known for water buffalo-drawn carts that carry passengers across long stretches of shallow sea water. The entire island is a botanical garden.

  • Todomari Beach

    Todomari Beach

    Tsukigahama Beach, where sunsets are most beautiful, curves gracefully like a crescent moon.

  • Mangrove

    Mangrove

    Iriomote Island is a treasure trove of flora and fauna where 7 types of Japanese mangrove grow.

  • Urauchi River
    Subtropical forest

    Urauchi River

    Take a pleasure cruise up the Nakara, Okinawa's longest river, and stroll to the falls.

  • Oku-Iriomote
    coral reef

    Oku-Iriomote coral reef

    A magnificent coral reef spreads across the west side of Iriomote Island in the enchanting Oku-iriomote Sea.

  • Ida no Hama Beach

    Ida no Hama Beach

    The clear sea is exceptionally beautiful and bordered by sandy white beaches only accessible by boat.

  • Mariyudu Falls

    Mariyudu Falls

    Mariyudu Falls, one of Japan's best 100 waterfalls, appears mysterious from the Urauchi River trail lookout.

Diverse flora and fauna

The islanders respect forest creatures as messengers of the gods.
You'll be fascinated by the colorful flowers and trees that are full of life.

  • Iriomote wild cat

    Iriomote wild cat

    A natural treasure.
    These wild cats only live on Iriomote Island. They are very good swimmers and hunt fish by plunging in the water. There are about 100 living on the island.

  • Chinese box turtle

    Chinese box turtle

    A natural treasure.
    In Japan, these turtles inhabit Iriomote and Ishigaki Islands. On Iriomote Island they are called “Yamame”. They become especially active on rainy days.

  • Barringtonia

    Barringtonia

    Viewable in June and July
    They bloom for only one night, from the evening to the morning when their petals scatter. The sight of countless flower petals floating on the river is truly out of this world. They smell like vanilla.

  • Geloina erosa clams

    Geloina erosa clams

    Japan’s biggest shijimi clams.
    Some actually have shell diameters exceeding 10 cm. They live in mangrove swamps and play an important role in making muddy water clear.

  • Crested serpent eagle

    Crested serpent eagle

    A national treasure.
    About 50 cm long. Find one by following its shrill high-pitched voice. When excited, the feathers at the back of its head stand upright like a crown.

  • Looking-glass
    mangroves

    Looking-glass mangroves

    Flat fairy-tale roots give these mangroves a mysterious personality. Japan's largest mangrove tree, in the Nakama River, is said to be 400 years old. Looking-glass mangroves can also be seen in the Urauchi River basin.

  • Yaeyama fireflies

    Viewable from late February to late April

    Viewable from late February to late April
    In the thousands and tens of thousands, they illuminate the forest. Enjoy Japan’s earliest glowing fireflies.

  • Okinawa tree lizards

    Okinawa tree lizards

    These cute green lizards live among the trees in the jungle. They use their tails for extra balance when high in the trees and never shed them as other lizards do.

Various activities let you enjoy nature on Iriomote Island