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The Observatories of Zamami-jima Island Course

The Observatories of Zamami-jima Island Courseの写真
Type:
drive
Time Required:
49 min.
Distance:
15.9 km
Drive to the best ocean views across Zamami-jima Island.

Course Outline

Zamami-jima Island was originally part of the high mountains connected to the mainland, but many shifts in the Earth’s crust sank them into the sea. The peak of one mountain is said to have formed the present island. There are now multiple observatories with excellent views across Zamami-jima Island’s mountainous landscape, each with a different outlook of the sea. On this course, you can visit the various observatories on the island. From Chishi Observatory, you can take in the rugged scenery of the sheer cliffs, and from Inazaki Observatory, you have the chance to catch sight of the humpback whales in winter. Also, the Unajinosachi Observatory is famous for the beauty of its sunsets. As you leisurely drive through the course, take delight in the island’s unparalleled and unforgettable scenery.

Highlights

An observatory overlooking the western sea
An observatory overlooking the western sea

Unajinosachi Observatory

The Unajinosachi Observatory stands at the very tip of Unajinosachi Cape on the western side of the island. It is also known as the Sunset Observatory for the unforgettable, vivid orange sunsets that drop into the horizon beyond the observation deck. Here you can enjoy stunning vistas, see precipitously sheer cliffs, and on clear days, Kume-jima Island and Aguni-jima Island are visible in the distance.

Take delight in watching the whales
Take delight in watching the whales

The Inazaki Observatory

From the Inazaki Observatory that stands atop the steep cliffs at the north end of Zamami-jima Island, you can look out over the vast ocean and the islands of Tonaki-jima, Kume-jima, Aguni-jima, and the main island of Okinawa. Also known as the Whale Observatory, from this spot you can look for the humpback whales that come from the end of December until April. Please be sure to have your binoculars when you set out.

Look over the sea to the north
Look over the sea to the north

The Chishi Observatory

At the north end of Zamami-jima Island, there is an excellent vantage point at the top of the cliffs from which you can look out at Aguni-jima Island. The beauty of the sea and beach directly below are exceptional. Also, since the north wind blows so hard it stunts vegetation growth, you can observe the unusual shapes of wind-swept plants around the observatory.

Course Map

The Observatories of Zamami-jima Island Course

Course Time

Starting Point
1
Zamami Port
5 min.
1.5 km
2
Takatsukiyama Observatory
7 min.
2.3 km
3
Inazaki Observatory
7 min.
2.2 km
4
Unajinosachi Observatory
5 min.
1.8 km
5
Ama Beach
5 min.
1.5 km
6
Zamami Port
10 min.
3.3 km
7
Chishi Observatory
10 min.
3.3 km
8
Zamami Port
Terminus
*Course time and distance are estimates.