Maja is the large open plain north of Tunnaha Mountain and east of the Black Rock Forest. This area is a vibrant mix of farmland, industry, and rich historic treasures. Once the center of the Nakazato Magiri it is now a quiet community.
Sights to See
- Tourism Center The Fureai-kan or Tourism center is located next to the Deep Sea Research Institute. It is the best place to get gifts or souvenirs of products and food made with deep sea water.
- Tsumugi Pavilion The Tsumugi Pavilion is the place to learn about the hand woven Pongee silk made at the facility.
- Deep Sea Water Research Institute The Deep Sea Water Research Institute is located near the shore and is surrounded by farms.
- Garcina Trees These majestic trees stand tall as a reminder of the agricultural roots of the island. Checkout the groomed island of old trees in the center of the main road through the Madomari and Maja areas.
- Old Nakazato Government Grounds The location of the Magiri-era government grounds. Today only the outer walls remain. The interior is used as a place to play gett-ball.
- Tenkougu Shrine Tenkougu is a shrine presented to the islanders by a Chinese Ambassador after they rescued him from shipwreck.
- Nakahara's Birthplace The birthplace of Nakahara Zenchu is currently under restoration.
- OTEC Kume Island hosts the world's only operational Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion Demonstration Facility. Visitors are welcome to come and explore how power can be drawn from the ocean. Make an appointment via their website!
- Point Pyuru Kume Island's Point Pyuru is a cosmetics company specializing in products created from deep sea water. It produces both its own brands and operates as an OEM producer.
- Sea Grapes Sea Grapes, also known as Umi Budo are a high-end sea plant that is popular in Okinawa and surrounding countries. Sea Grapes depend on temperature controlled production which is provided by deep sea water.