Yaeyama Islands

Yaeyama Islands Of Japan

Yaeyama Islands of Japan is the gathering of 19 islands in the southwestern end of Okinawa and other southwestern islands, stretching along a distance of 591.46 kilometers. Along with the Okinawa Islands and Miyako Islands these islands together make the Okinawa Prefecture. Thickly populated Ishigaki city is the social, financial and political focus of these islands and it also serves as the transportation center point of these islands. Ishigaki has direct flights from Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya along with direct flights to Miyako, Naha and Yonaguni inside the Okinawa Prefecture. Several ferry services keeps on running between the Ishigaki and other adjacent islands like the main islands of Iriomote-jima and Taketomi-jima. These islands are know for their beautiful beaches, picturesque landscapes and a lovely subtropical climate due to its proximity near the Tropic of Cancer. They are home to some of the very rare species of plants and animal in their subtropical and mangrove forests. These islands attract a huge bunch of tourists due to its sunny beaches and beautiful climate especially in winters because of a temperature of mere 70F even in the months of January and February.


Ishigaki has some terrific shorelines and Iriomote is the main island in all Japan with genuine wilderness and mangrove forests, while modest Taketomi is known for its deliberately kept up traditional Ryukyu town. Lazing on one of the Yaeyama's awesome tropical beaches or enjoying the thrilling scuba jumping, trekking or waterway kayaking are the primary relaxation exercises on Ishigaki and Iriomote. Taketomi, with a population of only 350 individuals, offers cycling, water wild ox rides and hunting down star sand on its shorelines. Ishigaki has various little exhibition halls, sanctuaries and hallowed places and the Ishigaki Public Market is a decent place to look for good Yaeyama keepsakes.These islands are covered by pristine coral reefs and thus Scuba Diving is the most popular sports activity here.These islands can be your perfect getaway from the hustle bustle of your daily life if you are looking for a quiet, peaceful yet a thrilling holiday destination.

Naosima Island Of Art

Reasons To Visit Naosima Island Of Art Japan

Japan has many contemporary art spaces, but none is as scenic as the small, serene Naosima Island Of Art. After many years existing as a sleepy fishing neighborhood, Naoshima came up with a new idea and became a humble and fitting home to an exciting collection of contemporary architecture, art and exhibitions. It is worth visiting for its art and also a good spot to rest your exhausted legs after touring Japan’s frenetic cities. Below are some ways to discover Naoshima:

The art.

Naosima Island is referred to as the 'Art Island' because Art sneaks up on visitors as they work their way around the island – in galleries, hotels and the outdoors. Benesse House, Lee Ufan Museum, Chichu Art Museum and Art House Project are the most obvious venues. Big names such as Claude Monet, James Turrell, Yukinori Yanagi, Jasper Johns, Tadao Ando, Andy Warhol, Yves Klein and Hiroshi Sugimoto will not miss your eye. You will discover art exhibits and outdoor sculptures sometimes ingeniously disguised as kid’s playgrounds and multicolored gardens when wandering around on foot. Balanced at the end of a pier projecting into the Inland Sea, the giant pumpkin truly is a remarkable sight and serves as the image for Naoshima itself.

The peace and tranquility

Japan is famous for its frenzied pace which is true of most cities in Japan. It can really knock the senses and while intoxicating and exhilarating, it can make a visitor reach for the headache pills and long for silence. The Island of Naosima makes a perfect short break or day trip away from the main island of Honshu (Kyoto, Osaka Okayama), to cool down and discover other things that are on offer away from the noisy pachinko parlors and high-pitched department store theme songs. The idea behind the Benesse Art Site found at Naoshima was to provide a mentally and physically rejuvenating haven where visitors may find themselves musing on the real meaning of "living well". The mix of wooded hills and the white sandy beach of Naoshima is providing the ultimate spot for achieving that vision

 

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