Miyako Islands VR Tour
Travel to the Miyako Islands through VR (Virtual Reality).
This VR experience provides a world of wonder you wouldn't be able to see even if you went to the islands yourself.
So begins a tour that will make you anxious to see what lies beyond this scenery.
The Thrilling Blue of the Sea! Ikema Ohashi Bridge and the Windmills of Nishihennazaki Cape
Ikema Ohashi Bridge is a total of 1,425m long and was opened in 1992 to connect Ikema Island with Miyako Island. Of the three bridges connecting the Miyako Islands, this was the first to be opened. Suspended over the extraordinarily clear, emerald green sea, Ikema Ohashi Bridge is the quintessential Miyako Island location. Be careful not to get too caught up in the sights surrounding you while you're driving.
The "sashiba" Watching Over Irabu Island - Makiyama Observatory
Makiyama Observatory, shaped like the "sashiba" birds who cross over to the island, is the symbol of Irabu Island. On a clear day, you can enjoy a spectacular view including everything from Irabu Ohashi Bridge and Miyako Island to Ikema Island and Kurima Island. The base of the observatory mound is covered in a subtropical primeval forest where you can take in the area's vast nature and enjoy a peaceful walk through the woods.
Surrounded by an Emerald Green Sea as Far as the Eye Can See - Higashiennazaki Cape"
Approximately 40 minutes from Miyako Airport by car, the greenery, sky, and lighthouse of this location make for a beautiful contrast. This is a nationally designated scenic location and was even selected as one of Japan's Top 100 City Parks. The vegetation of the entire cape has been designated as a natural monument by the prefectural government. The huge rocks, 6–8m in diameter, scattered about the offshore reef are said to have been launched up to where they are now by the "Great Meiwa Tsunami" which occurred in 1771 (Meiwa year 8, in the midst of the Edo Period) and are known as "Tsunami Rocks."
Connecting Kurima Island and Miyako Island - Kurima Ohashi Bridge
From its opening in 1995, Kurima Ohashi Bridge has been known by tourists and locals alike as Miyako Island's most famous and beautifully scenic driving course. The bridge, which connects Miyako Island with Kurima Island, has a total length of 1,690m. Enjoy an exhilarating drive across this bridge with the clear ocean waters and blue sky of the Miyako Islands all around you.