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Kumejima

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Kumejima-chou (久米島町) is a town in Okinawa, Japan. It is also the name of the island where it is located.

Get in[edit]

Japan Transocean Air and Ryukyu Air Commuter operates daily flights from Naha to Kumejima Airport (30mins one way, JPN ¥10,000). The New Kumeshima Ferry Line also runs twice daily from Naha's Tomarin Port to Kumejima's Kanegusuku Port (departs 8:30am and 2:00pm, approximately 4 hours, ¥6,450 roundtrip). During the summer months of July and August, Japan Transocean Air also operates once a day flights direct to and from Tokyo's Haneda Airport.

Get around[edit]

Kumejima has an inconvenient but affordable bus system that runs around the entire island. There are also a few car rental companies located at the airport and ferry port. Some shops around town also offer bicycles and moped scooters available for rent.

See[edit]

  • Hatenohama. Sandbar located 15 mins off of Kumejima. Accessible by tour boats, jet ski, or kayaks. Great for snorkeling. Kumejima's finest white sand beach and crystal clear blue waters.
  • Uezu House (上江洲家住宅 uezu-ke jūtaku), 816 Nishime. This traditional Okinawan style house was built in 1726. It is the former home of the governing parties during the Ryukyu Kingdom era. Adults ¥300. Uezu House (Q20894739) on Wikidata Uezu House on Wikipedia
  • 1 Uegusuku Castle (宇江城城 uegusuku-jō). The castle ruins are located on the top the highest point in Okinawa, offering great views of the entire island, adjacent Hatenohama sandbar, and neighboring islands. Uegusuku Castle (Q30926468) on Wikidata Uegusuku Castle (Kume) on Wikipedia
  • 2 Ōjima island (奥武島). Where is located Tatami Ishi (畳石), an arrangement of stones in pentagonal and hexagonal shapes, resembling a carapace. Ōjima (Q4519416) on Wikidata
  • Eef Beach (イーフビーチ). Fine white sand beach named one of the 100 Best Beaches in Japan.

Do[edit]

Kumejima offers various water and outdoor activities from scuba diving, snorkeling, ocean kayaking, boat tours, and other water sports.

Diving[edit]

Hatenohama Tours[edit]

  • Kumejima Marine Sports, 098-985-8648
  • Kumejima Kaiyoreja Kyodokumiai, 098-896-8418

Ocean Kayaking and Water sports:

Please see Sleep for Eef Beach and Kume Island Resort contact information. Both resorts offer water sport activities.

Yearly events[edit]

  • Kumejima Hari Races (Okinawan Boat Races): held on the first weekend in May
  • Kumejima Matsuri (Festival): held on the first weekend in August; features live traditional Okinawan music and dance, as well as special guests from all over Okinawa; food booths, competitions, prizes; Kumejima's main event of the year
  • Kumejima Marathon: held on the fourth Sunday of October; http://www.kumejima-marathon.com/

Buy[edit]

There are a number of souvenir gift shops (omiyage) selling local favourites from Kumejima Miso Cookies, various Kumejima salts, Kumejima tsumugi, Okinawan pottery, and Kumejima's Kumesen.

Eat[edit]

Most restaurants will have almost the same menu, specializing in local Okinawan cuisine such as Okinawan Soba, various champurus, and fresh local fish specialities.

Drink[edit]

Kumesen: Kumejima's famous awamori (Okinawan sake) offered at most restaurants

  • Spiral Reggae Bar. Small hole-in-the-wall bar/restaurant, also offering delicious Indonesian/Thai cuisines

Sleep[edit]

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