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Zamami-jima Island Takatsukiyama Observatory Nordic Walking Course

Zamami-jima Island Takatsukiyama Observatory Nordic Walking Courseの写真
Type:
hiking
Time Required:
47 min.
Distance:
3 km
Grab your poles and walk up to the Takatsukiyama Observatory with its gorgeous view!

Course Outline

On this course, your destination is the Takatsukiyama Observatory located at an elevation of 131 meters. From here, the Kerama Blue of the sea and the islands that dot it are a panorama so beautiful it will take your breath away. Although this uphill course can be challenging, the trail through Takatsukiyama Garden is surrounded by the vivid tropical scenery of the trees and seasonal flowers, so it is well worth the trek to see the view from one of Zamami-jima Island’s best vantage points.

Nordic walking is a sport that originated in Finland and is currently capturing the interest of not only Japan, but also rest of the world. Using a pair of special poles to vigorously work the upper body’s muscles, it places less of a burden on the knees and lower back than regular walking and is perfectly suited to paths with several uphills and downhills.

Highlights

Looking north from Takatsukiyama Observatory
Looking north from Takatsukiyama Observatory

The view of Agonoura Bay

Looking east from the Takatsukiyama Observatory, you have a panoramic view of Agonoura Bay. White sand beaches, the elegant curve of the green mountains, and a sea dotted with islands make for a splendid view. In the past when Agonoura Bay was trade hub with China, the peaceful bay sheltered by the island was used as a port to wait until the winds settled. In the community of Asa on Agonoura Bay, old stone walls still surround the residences and homes with traditional red tiled roofs still remain, letting you slip back into the past.

The curving coastline of Furuzamami Beach
The curving coastline of Furuzamami Beach

The view of Furuzamami Beach

From the second observation deck, you can see the white sands of Furuzamami Beach. The beauty of the beach, which received a two star rating in the Michelin Green Guide, will surely ease away the troubles of everyday city life. From late December until April, humpback whales visit the waters of Kerama. We suggest using a pair of binoculars to try and spot some of these magnificent marine mammals from the observation deck, which has a panoramic view of the southern seas.

A view of the village on the way back from the observatory
A view of the village on the way back from the observatory

View of the Zamami Village

Passing the second observation deck and taking the path back down to Takatsukiyama, there is a spot where you can see the entire village of Zamami, the course starting point. From here you can look back on the port where you arrived, the path you climbed, and the townscape of the village. It is also enjoyable to take a leisurely stroll through Zamami Village.

Course Map

Zamami-jima Island Takatsukiyama Observatory Nordic Walking Course

Course Time

Starting Point
1
Zamami Tourism Association
26 min.
1.5 km
2
Takatsukiyama Observatory
21 min.
1.5 km
3
Zamami Tourism Association
Terminus
*Course time and distance are estimates.