Tag: JP – Amami-Oshima Island Tokunoshima Island Northern part of Okinawa Island and Iriomote Island

Amami Oshima: Japan’s UNESCO-listed subtropical island paradise; Rebecca Saunders; CNN

Photo: Ippei Naoi

Centered around Oshima (“Big Island”), this subtropical archipelago is often referred to as a living fossil, with its unique biodiversity earning it UNESCO World Heritage Site status. Here’s how to make the most of a visit to Amami Oshima.

Source: Amami Oshima: Japan’s UNESCO-listed subtropical island paradise

Yanbaru: Northern Okinawa’s Natural Heritage Site; Nippon.com

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Okinawa Prefecture has long attracted interest in its history, customs, and distinctive culture, and today, the northern part of the island, recently registered as a UNESCO natural heritage site, is the focus of special attention. Yanbaru, as the region is known, features several points of interest, including Daisekirinzan and Cape Hedo.

Source: Yanbaru: Northern Okinawa’s Natural Heritage Site