Time Required: 1 h 44 min. Distance: 7.8 km
From Aka-jima Island’s scenic beach, cross the sea to Geruma-jima Island on this Nordic walking course. Nishibama Observatory is located beside Nishibama Beach and here you can listen to the sound of the rippling waves as you appreciate the view of the gorgeous beach and islands. Return to Aka Port, and after crossing over the sea via Aka-ohashi Bridge to Geruma-jima Island, pay a visit to the Takara Residence in Geruma Village at the southern end of the island. This walking course allows you to enjoy a variety of scenery, while offering you the experience of crossing the sea on foot. Nordic walking originated in Finland and its popularity is increasing, not only in Japan but also worldwide. Using a pair of special poles while walking to work the upper body’s muscles vigorously, it places less of a burden on the knees and lower back than regular walking. It is ideally suited to paths with several uphill and downhill sections.
For the best view on Aka-jima Island, visit Nishibama Beach where you can look out over a sea dotted with islands. You will be greeted by a straight expanse of sandy white beach and the clear, cerulean gradations of the Kerama Blue Sea. We recommend you lay back and relax on the Nishibama Deck while looking out at the beautiful ocean.
The beautiful Aka-ohashi Bridge (530 m) connects Aka-jima Island and Geruma-jima Island. From the bridge, you can catch sight of sea turtles swimming through the crystal-clear ocean waters, and it is also an excellent spot to look out on Sakubaru’s peculiar rock formations to the west, or Tokashiki-jima Island to the east.
The Takara Residence is a traditional home that was constructed in the latter half the 19th century by Pechin Nakandakari. The residence is known as sendosuya, or the “captain's house,” as Nakandakari worked as a ship captain on public vessels during the late Ryukyu Kingdom period, profiting from trade with China (then called Karamouke). Designated an Important Cultural Property, the building’s red-tiled roof and coral stone walls remain just as they were long ago, preserving the beauty of this traditional Okinawan home. The residence is open to the public.