Hateruma Observation Tower 波照間島星空観測タワー
See splendor in the heavens around Hateruma Island Starry Sky Observation Tower
Stay overnight on Hateruma Island and pay a nighttime visit to the south-eastern end of the island.
How to Get There
Hateruma Island is accessible by high speed boat.
High-speed boats from Ishigaki Island to Hateruma Island take approximately 60-90 minutes.
There is no public transportation on Hateruma Island. If you are staying overnight, most inns provide a shuttle service. Alternatively, you can rent a car, scooter or bicycle.
Stunning views of the galaxy
When the sun sets, head to the area around Hateruma Island Starry Sky Observation Tower. As the southernmost point of Japan, the clear skies and a complete absence of light pollution here make this the perfect place to capture the beauty of the night sky. From late December to mid-June, the Southern Cross can be observed with the naked eye from Hateruma Island.
Hateruma Island Stargazing Tower is open from 13:00 to 16:00 in the afternoon and irregularly closed (The tower is currently closed at night). As the speedboat back to Ishigaki Island does not operate at night, stay overnight on Hateruma Island and enjoy the beautiful night sky.
* The information on this page may be subject to change due to COVID-19.