The subtropical islands of Keramashoto National Park are far south of mainland Japan, and 40 kilometers west of mainland Okinawa. They are a treasure trove of immaculate beaches, blue waters and distinct island culture. Island hop along the archipelago, and explore the beaches and sea, with rare coral reefs, turtles and darting fish. Read more about Keramashoto National Park's lush hills, nature trails and marine life.
Keramashoto National Park, like all of Japan's national parks, has no entrance fees, no opening and closing hours, and no permit is required to enter or stay in the park. The national parks of Japan differ from national parks worldwide in that the land within the national parks is not exclusively designated for national park use and is made up of private property as well as public and protected areas. Visitors are free to enter and leave at any time.
The Kerama Islands have exceptionally transparent waters, dense coral reefs, sandy beaches, sea cliffs and unique vegetation. The park includes a land area of 3,520 hectares, and 90,475 hectares of ocean area.
With a travel time of only 35-50 minutes via high-speed vessel from the main island of Okinawa (Tomari Port, Naha), visitors can easily experience scuba diving and snorkeling in a beautiful ocean, as well as whale watching in winter.
The greater part of the northern coast of Zamami Island forms a precipitous cliff. The south of the island forms a gentle slope, where you will find Furuzamami Beach. Observe schools of tropical fish swimming around a large coral reef near the edge of the surf.
From the Inazaki Observatory on the hillside, you can see Aguni Island, Tonaki Island and Kume Island on clear days. From December to April, humpback whales frequent the area, and this is the best place from which to view them.
Adjacent to Zamami Island and part of Zamami Village, this diamond-shaped island is made up of steep slopes. Its main attraction is Nishibama Beach, a white, sandy beach from which you can see miles of the Kerama blue ocean.
Geruma Island is a mountainous island connected to Aka Island by bridge. Takara Residence, designated as an Important Cultural Property, is a preserved Okinawan house in a traditional settlement on Geruma Island. The captain's house (Sendosuya) dates from the latter part of the 19th century.
This is the largest island of the Kerama Islands and extends along a narrow strip of gentle hilly terrain from north to south. The highest peak on the islands is Mt. Akama standing at 227 meters. Cape Aharen consists of sandstone cliffs, where you can see the distinct vegetation of this windy region.
See the massive sandstone cliffs from Aharen Cape Observatory's walking paths at the southern tip of Tokashiki Island. Situated in the southwest of Tokashiki Island long, sandy Aharen Beach extends along the bay. Dine, lodge and enjoy marine activities from Aharen Village, adjacent to the beach.