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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. Kumejima, or Kume Island, is well known for its pineapple and sugarcane plantations also its silk pongee - it is believed that silk pongee in Japan originated here on Kumejima.

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, ¥5,000 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][add listing]

  • 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. Unfortunately due to sea temperatures rising, most of the coral is bleached and dying. There are plenty of fish still.  edit
  • Uezu House. In the village of Nakadomari, this traditional Okinawan style house was built in 1726. It is the former home of the governing parties during the Ryukyu Kingdom era.  edit
  • Uegusuku Castle Ruins. 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.  edit
  • Tatami Ishi. An arrangement of stones in pentagonal and hexagonal shapes, resembling a carapace.  edit
  • Eef Beach. Fine white sand beach named one of the 100 Best Beaches in Japan.  edit
  • Kumejima Tsumugi Yuimaaru Weaving Pavillon. Kumejima's pongee (wild silk) museum. Visitors can even partake in weaving, dyeing and spinning pongee fabrics.  edit
  • Obake-Zaka (Mystery Slope). Discovered in 1990 when a man stopped his car in the middle of the slope to pick some plants. The car, being in neutral started going up the hill! Obake-Zaka translates to 'haunted slope'. The area used to be a battlefield which brings people to believe believe there are spirits, of those who lost their lives, playing tricks on visitors. There is an information board at the sight - read the instructions to get the best experience.  edit
  • Firefly Museum. A small, but interesting museum where one can learn about the various kinds of fireflies and their life cycles. There weren't live fireflies since their lifespans are really short and they are only around for a very specific time of the year, but there were other live animals like snakes, frogs and fish.  edit
  • Tropical Fish Pools. Always open.. A little out of the way. Natural tide pools filled with a great variety of tropical fish that can easily be viewed from the rocks. The rocks are a little uncomfortable to maneuver so wear good walking shoes. Free..  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

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

Diving[edit]

  • Island Diving, 098-985-8739, [2]
  • Eef Marine Holiday, 098-985-7312, [3]

Hatenohama Tours[edit]

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

Ocean Kayaking and Water sports:

Spa[edit]

  • Bade Haus Kumejima, 098-985-8600. open from 10:00 - 21:00 (reception until 20:00). A health spa that boasts to be the first in the world to use 100% deep sea water in their bathing pool.  edit

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

Buy[edit][add listing]

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

Eat[edit][add listing]

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

  • Kuruma Prawns. Kumejima harvests the largest amount of Kuruma Prawns in Japan. They are sweeter.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

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][add listing]

  • Kume Island Resort Hotel, 098-985-8001, [4]. Luxury resort located a 1 minute walk from Eef Beach.
  • Eef beach hotel, Eefu beach (east end of Eefu beach), 098-985-7111, [1]. checkout: 11am. Luxury resort with western style ocean view rooms for 5000 yen per person including breakfast  edit
  • Marine Terrace Kumejima, 098-896-8100, [5]. Mid-priced hotel from JPN 4,200 a night.
  • Kumejima-Bekkan (久米島別館), 098-985-5333, [6]. Japanese minshuku located near Kanegusuku Port from JPN 4,200 a night.
  • Minshuku Amimoto, 098-985-8856, [7]. Traditional style Japanese minshuku located on Ojima; rooms from JPN 3,675 a night.
  • Dormitory Kumi, 090-4986-8899. Budget dormitory style hostel from JPN 1,800 a night.
  • Cypress Hotels, 803-1, OHARA, KUMEJIMA-CHO SHIMAJIRI-GUN, OKINAWA, 901-3132, JAPAN. All rooms in this luxury hotel offer excellent ocean/beach view. It is located very close to the airport and has its own private beach, which is very quiet and clean. A drive from the port takes 15 minutes and free parking is offered. Book directly from the website (Use Google Translate if necessary) as their rate is significantly cheaper than external agencies.  edit

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/

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