There are many things to see and even more to do on Kume Island. An ancient land with a rich history and culture, Kume Island has a National Cultural Treasure, a Historical Landmark of Okinawa Prefecture, and three Protected Prefectural National Monuments.
With such a long and interesting history, Kume Island is a balance of unique natural beauty, cultural identity, and modern civilization. Come see all Kumejima has to offer.
Bird’s Mouth Rock
A natural rock formation in Kumejima’s southern penninsula in the shape of a bird’s beak.Part of the larger Tokujimu Nature Park.
Hateno Beach is one of three off-shore sand sholes protected by a ring of coral rocks. It is a famous beach and nesting ground for sea turtles.
Miifugaa is a rock formation on Kumejima’s Northwest Shore. This towering split is a must see.
Tachijami Rock Wall
Tachijami Rock Wall is a towering yet lonely rock wall on Kumejima’s North Shore. Part of the Tachijami Nature Park.
The Tatami Rocks are located on Oo Island and were formed by years of tectonic and volcanic activity many hundreds of years ago. Don’t miss their unique shapes.
One of my favorite places on Kumejima, the Yajiyagama caves provide both interesting natural formations and a look into Kumejima’s past.
Giant and Golden Cycads
The rare golden plant is seen in only three places on Kumejima, and nowhere else. All of them are in private residences. There is also a very old and large Cycad in the Madomari Area
This Ancient pine has stood on Kumejima for over a hundred years. Five root clusters support this iconically shaped tree.
The unique natural phenomena is hard to catch, but well worth the sight. During periods of strong north wind, the falls flow up, and look like an old man’s beard.
Aside from Hateno Beach, there are several great beaches on Kume Island. Find out more about them here!
Cultural and Historic Identity
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.
Tsumugi Weaving Pavilion
The Yuimaru-kan is the center of Kumejima’s traditional pongee silk weaving and includes a museum, demonstrations, and more.
Kumejima has many castle ruins dating back hundreds of years. Many provide spectacular views of the surrounding areas and a look into the past.
Uezu Historic House
The house of a former Magiri (district) governor during the Ryukyu Kingdom, the beautifully preserved wooden house demonstrates tradition and style all at once.
Bade Haus Kumejima
Bade Haus is a mineral spa and onsen located on Oo Island and featuring Deep Sea Water.
Take a tour of the famous Kumesen Awamori factory high in the north Uegusuku Area.
Miso Cookie Factory
The Fukuya bakery and store produces Kumejima’s most famous and favorite food: Miso Cookies!
Yachimun Shisa Gallery and Studio
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.
The Ghost/Magnetic road in the Uezu Area will mystify and astound. Take a drive and you might catch a glance of the supernatural.
Garcina Treelined Road
The Garcina Trees (also known as Fukugi) are an important reminder of the past on Kumejima. 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.
The Firefly Pavilion doubles as research station and museum, presenting vistors with a look at the wildlife of Kumejima as they work to secure the future of multiple species.
Parks and Rest Areas
There are many parks and rest areas around Kume Island. You’ll find everything from nature preserves to wide stetches of open area that serve as playgrounds and event spaces.
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