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Aka-jima and Geruma-jima Islands Nordic Walking Course

Aka-jima and Geruma-jima Islands Nordic Walking Courseの写真
Type:
hiking
Time Required:
1 h 44 min.
Distance:
7.8 km
Nordic walking across the sea between Aka-jima and Geruma-jima Islands!

Course Outline

From Aka-jima Island’s scenic beach, cross the sea to Geruma-jima Island on this Nordic walking course. Nishibama Observatory is located beside Nishibama Beach and here you can listen to the sound of the rippling waves as you relish the view of the gorgeous beach and islands. Return to Aka Port, and after crossing over the sea via Aka-ohashi Bridge to Geruma-jima Island, pay a visit to the Takara Residence in Geruma Village at the southern end of the island. This walking course allows you to enjoy a variety of scenic landscapes while offering you the special experience of crossing over the sea on foot. Nordic walking is a sport that originated in Finland and is currently garnering interest around 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, making it perfectly suited to paths with several ups and downs.

Highlights

A beach with a view of the Kerama Blue
A beach with a view of the Kerama Blue

Nishibama Beach

For the best view on Aka-jima Island, visit Nishibama Beach where you can look out over a sea dotted with islands. You will be greeted by a straight expanse of sandy white beach and the translucent, cerulean gradations of the “Kerama Blue” sea. We recommend you lay back and relax on the Nishibama Deck while looking out at the beautiful ocean waters.

The Aka-ohashi Bridge across the sea
The Aka-ohashi Bridge across the sea

The view of Aka-ohashi Bridge

Aka-ohashi Bridge is a beautiful, 530-meter long bridge that connects Aka-jima Island and Geruma-jima Island. From atop the bridge, you can catch sight of the sea turtles swimming through the crystal-clear ocean waters and it is also an excellent spot to look out on Sakubaru’s peculiar rock formations to the west or Tokashiki-jima Island to the east.

A historical home and relic of the Ryukyu Kingdom Period
A historical home and relic of the Ryukyu Kingdom Period

The Takara Residence

The Takara Residence is a traditional home that was constructed in the latter half the 19th century by Pechin Nakandakari. The residence is known as sendosuya, or the “captain's house,” as Nakandakari worked as a ship captain on public vessels during the late Ryukyu Kingdom Period, making profit from trade with China (this was called karamouke). Declared an Important Cultural Property, the building’s red tiled roof and coral stone walls remain just as they were long ago, preserving the beauty of the Okinawan home. The residence is open to viewing.

Course Map

Aka-jima and Geruma-jima Islands Nordic Walking Course

Course Time

Starting Point
1
Sango Yuntaku Kan Visitor Center (Aka Port)
19 min.
1.5 km
2
Nishibama Observatory
21 min.
1.6 km
3
Aka-ohashi Bridge
29 min.
2.1 km
4
The Takara Residence
35 min.
2.6 km
5
Sango Yuntaku Kan Visitor Center (Aka Port)
Terminus
*Course time and distance are estimates.