The Best of Kume Island

Kume Island has a lot to see and do for a wide mix of interests. Here’s a list of my favorite places around kume island. Don’t miss them!

Cultural Center and Museum


Kumejima’s Cultural Center holds a muesum full of artifacts and information from Kumejima’s long history. It also houses a archival libarary and interesting sites around the ground.

Gushikawa Castle Ruins

Gushikawa Castle

The Gushikawa Castle Ruins overlook the East China Sea from the top of a cliff. Built in the 15th century from Andesite and Limestone, this site is a National Cultural Treasure. The ruins are located on the north-west corner of the island.

Tsumugi Weaving Pavilion

Tsumugi Pavilion

The Yuimaru-kan is the center of Kumejima’s traditional pongee silk weaving and includes a museum, demonstrations, and more.

Uezu Historic House

Uezu House Front

The house of a former Magiri (district) governor during the Ryukyu Kingdom, the beautifully preserved wooden house demonstrates tradition and style all at once.

Yachimun Shisa Gallery and Studio

Yachimun Bottles

Make your own handmade shisha from locally produced clay, get one of the best views of Hateno Beach or buy one of the great pieces in the gallery.

Yajiyagama Cave

Yajiyagama Caves

One of my favorite places on Kumejima, the Yajiyagama caves provide both interesting natural formations and a look into Kumejima’s past.