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Ueno German Culture Village

775-1 Miyaguni, Ueno, Miyakojima City (Miyako Island)
Tel: 0980-76-3771
Hours: 9:00-18:00
Closed: Irregularly
Admission: Free entrance to the premises, separate fees for attractions and amenities

The friendship between Miyako Island and Germany dates back to 1873, when the islanders saved the crew of a grounded German merchant ship, the R. J. Robertson. The Ueno German Culture Village was subsequently built close to the place the ship was grounded. Visitors can enjoy the Kinderhaus, displaying German toys, and the Museum of Philanthropy, a replica of the German Castel Marksburg.


Shigira Ougon Onsen (natural hot spring)

1405-223 Shinzato, Ueno, Miyakojima City (Miyako Island)
Tel: 0980-74-7340
Hours: April-September: 12:00-22:00; October-March 14:00-22:00 (Last entry 21:30)
Open daily
Outside visitors: Allowed
Admission: 2,000 yen for adults, 1,000 yen for ages 4-11, free for under 3.

This is the southernmost and westernmost natural hot spring in Japan, featuring an open-air bath, a bath with panoramic views and a large jungle pool.



317-3 Maezato, Hiira, Miyakojima City (Miyako Island)

Located in the northern part of Miyako Island, Yabiji is the largest grouping of coral reefs in Japan. These 100 or so coral reefs are famous for being visible above the water line during the lowest tide of the year. Yabiji is also known for its diving and snorkeling spots, only a 30-minute boat ride from Ikema Island, which is also connected to Miyako Island by the Ikema Bridge.

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Yonaha Maehama Beach

Yonaha, Shimoji, Miyakojima City (Miyako Island)

This is the beach that has made Miyako Island a popular destination. With its seven-kilometer-long stretch of super fine white sand, Yonaha Maehama Beach is amazingly beautiful and has been called the best white sand beach in East Asia. Rarely crowded, the beach is an ideal destination for people looking to just relax and unwind.

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