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This is the Izena Island Tourism Association.

Izena Island is located in the north of the main island of Okinawa, and the circumference of the island is 17 kilometers, and you can go around it in about 20 minutes by car.
Izena Village, Shimajiri District, Okinawa Prefecture is an island consisting of three uninhabited islands: the main island "Izena Island", "Yanaha Island", "Gushigawa Island", and "Furujin Island".
The population of Izena Island in Okinawa Prefecture is 1,322 (as of the 2020 (Reiwa 2) survey), and it is also known as the birthplace of "Shoenou", the first king of the second Sho clan of the Ryukyu Dynasty.

In this first post, we will introduce Izena Island and introduce the attractions of sightseeing spots and activities.

■■Sightseeing spots on Izena Island, Okinawa Prefecture■■

◆ Futamigaura Coast (Superb view of two rocks of Gitara)
"Gitara" means a sheer rock (cliff), and the sheer rocks in the sea and land are called "sea gitara / land gitara".
The Gitara Coast, which has a total length of about 1 km, is dotted with many sea and land gitaras, and it has been selected as one of the 100 best beaches in Japan because of the beauty of the arrangement of sea and land gitara, land and broad-leaved trees!

In addition, "Mattera Beach" in the Gitara Coast area is a hidden gem beach with white sand and highly transparent blue waters.
There is also a campsite.

◆ Gitara Observatory
Located in the Gitara Coast area, the "Gitara Observatory" is a popular observation spot!
In particular, it is also a valuable place where you can overlook the two opposite sea and land Gitara. Don't miss the starry sky and city illuminations at night.

◆ Izena Castle Ruins
The altitude of the "Izena Castle Ruins" in the southeast of Izena Island is 70m.
It is said that the castle was built in the Gusuku period (11th ~ 14th century) by King Shoen's grandfather "Lord Sameigawa".
It is said that it was said to be an "impregnable castle" because it was cut into a pyramid shape and had precipitous cliffs on three sides.

From the top of the ruins of Izena Castle, you can enjoy a spectacular view of the sea.
In addition, the "Izena Tama Palace" at the foot of the ruins of Izena Castle has been designated as an important cultural property of Japan.

◆ Izena Beach (Izena Beach)
Located on the south side of Izena Island, this beach has a cobalt blue sea!
It is a popular tourist destination where you can enjoy swimming and camping, and toilets and showers are also available.
* 2023 (Reiwa 5) partially unusable due to seawall maintenance work from July.

◆ Shoenwang Oniwa Park
To commemorate the 580th anniversary of King Shoen's birth, it is a park that was built in 1996 (Heisei 8).

There are still a steady stream of worshippers in Shoen-o Oniwa Park, and there is also the Shiohira River in the park, which is said to have been used for the birthing bath of King Shoen.
It is a sightseeing spot where you can feel the history of the Ryukyu kings.

◆ Mekaruke House
Designated as a nationally designated important cultural property (building), the "Meikari Family Residence" is the house where the direct family of the Mekari family lived.

It escaped damage from the war and was well preserved, so it was rebuilt in Meiji 39 (1906) (1906).

◆ Samure Michi
The "Samure Road" is an ancient road with a total length of 2 kilometers that was used as the only living road connecting the village of Izena and the southwestern part of Izena Island around the 12th ~ 13th century.

"Samure" is a Ryukyu dialect word that means "samurai" (a samurai family related to the royal family).
The quartzite (mah stone) laid on the Samure Road resembled the footprints of a samurai, so it was named the Samure Road.

The Samure Road is also used as an approach road to connect the royal family's holy tomb, the Izena Tama Palace, when the Meikari family, who are relatives of the Sho family, hold the "Koji Seimei Festival", which is an event to visit the graves of their ancestors.

◆ Shirasagi Observatory
Facing the sea, it is an observatory with a good view overlooking the Gitara Coast (Futamigaura) and the sea! It is a popular view spot where you can also see the ruins of Izena Castle and Yanaha Island.

■■Activity information on Izena Island, Okinawa Prefecture■■

◆ Bicycle rental
Izena Island has few gradients, so it is also recommended to rent a bicycle to visit the famous spots!
While galloping through the idyllic scenery, please enjoy Izena Island.

◆ Diving, snorkeling
The highly transparent sea of Izena Island is ideal for marine activities!
There are plenty of highlights such as coral reefs and caves of light.
There is no doubt that it will be enjoyed by both beginners and advanced players!

◆ Sea fishing
On Izena Island, there are many points for chinu (black bream) fishing.
The official website of the Izena Island Tourism Association also has a "Fishing Map of Izena Island", so please make use of it!

■■Gourmet information on Izena Island, Okinawa Prefecture■■

◆ Awamori
Awamori, which is made in the Ryukyu Islands, also has a sake brewery on Izena Island.
Please enjoy the mellow taste of awamori!

◆Okinawa Soba in Izena
You can enjoy the unique flavors of Izena Island, such as Okinawa Soba using plenty of Okinawa's specialty "Mozuku" and Okinawa Soba using rice from Izena Island for the noodles.

■■ Festivals and event information on Izena Island, Okinawa Prefecture ■■

◆ Izena 88 Triathlon Tournament
Approximately 600 athletes participate every year, making it the largest event on Izena Island.
Healthy men and women over the age of 18 are welcome to participate regardless of nationality.
The 7-hour heated competition is a must-see!

◆ Unner
"Unna" is a traditional festival on Izena Island that prays for a good harvest of rice.
Powerful events such as tug-of-war, snai wrestling on a plank, and the Okinawa sumo wrestling tournament will be held.

■■Accommodation information for Izena Island, Okinawa Prefecture■■

There are a variety of accommodation facilities in Izena Island, including hotels, vacation rentals, and guest houses.
You can enjoy a wide range of accommodations, from facilities with a view of the beach to accommodations with a cozy atmosphere

■■Tradition of Izena Island, Okinawa Prefecture■■

One of the charms of Izena Island is the tradition of "Ihyajute".
Ihyajute is a word that means "the people of Izena are compassionate."
The tradition of hospitality, in which visitors from outside the island were given harvests such as fishing without discrimination, has been rooted for a long time.

On the island, you can experience Ihyajute, which is still carried over to this day.
You can enter the garden where tea is placed on the veranda of the house, listen to the story of the island while drinking tea, and spend a relaxing time, which is a tradition unique to Izena Island.

■■Access information to Izena Island, Okinawa Prefecture■■

◆ In the case of a private car
From Naha Airport, take the expressway and drive north for about 2 hours, and from Unten Port (Nakijin Village), take a car ferry for about 1 hour.

◆ In the case of a taxi
From Naha Airport, use the expressway and drive north for about 2 hours (fare: about 16,000 yen)
About 25 minutes from Nago City to Unten Port (Fare: about 2,400 yen ~)

You can also use buses and highway buses from Naha Airport.
For details, please check the official website of the Izunashima Tourism Association.

There are also rental car shops for cars, bicycles, mopeds, etc. on Izena Island. Please make use of it when sightseeing.


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