Kume Island is situated 100 km west of Okinawa Main Island in the East China Sea. To central of this region, it takes approximately 30 minutes from Naha by plane. Here, you can see magnificent works of art only nature can create. “Hate-no Hama” is an island of only white sand beaches created by corals and is called “No.1 shoal in the Orient” . “Tatami Ishi” is lined with “turtle shell rocks” and the finest never-ending white sand can be seen at “Eef Beach”. Another feature of this region are the many special products such as “Kumejima Tsumugi”, a famous textile, said to be the root of tsumugi textile and the nationally famous Awamori spirit, “Kumejima no Kumesen” which is made with spring water. Lodging facilities are enriched with the relaxed island atmosphere, these islands are visited by many long stay tourists. There is also a ferry route from Naha to Kumejima via Tonaki Island, so you can enjoy two islands if you stay for 1 night on Tonaki Island.
Access to Kume Island
Airplane: Direct flights from Tokyo (In operation between July 17th ~ August 31st)
Naha airport > Kume Island airport (approx 30 mins).
Ferry: Tomari Port, Naha > Kanegusuku Port, Kume Island (approx 3~4 hours by ferry).
Kume Shosen / Ferry Ryukyu: New Kumeshima
Kume Island Basic Information
Size / Population: 59.11km² / approx population of 8,228 people.
Kume Island Information (Kumejima Town Tourist Association)
Hatenohama is a narrow 7-kilometer long beach along the east side of Kume Island. The beach is surrounded by pure-white sand and an emerald green ocean as far as the eye can see. The contrast between the white and azure is said to be the most beautiful in the East, and the beach is most suitably called a tropical paradise. It’s only 20 minutes by tour ship from “Tomari Fisharena”, Kume Island’s port. During the beach season, parasols and beach mats are available for rent. When you’re here, you’ll forget about time.
Tatami Ishi / Rare Natural Rocks of Art
Kigan-gun is a series of odd-shaped rocks designated as the prefectural government along the south coast of Nishi-Ou Island, east of Kume Island. More than 1,000 pentagonal and hexagonal rocks that look like turtle shells connected to each other appear at low tide. It extends north and south 50 meters and a length of 250 meters along the beach. It is also called a columnar joint that happens when the andesite lava slowly cools to become a rock. Wave erosion has worn the rocks down nearly flat over the years. Such formations are extremely rare in the world and are truly natural works of art.
Eef Beach / White Sand Beach with Shoals and Calm waves
Eef Beach is a representative beach of Kume Island. The fine pure-white sand extends for as long as 2 kilometers. Its beauty, selected as a “Best Beach 100 of Japan”, continues to attract visitors. Since the sand at the bottom of the sea continues offshore and is covered with shoals, you can walk far offshore at low tide. The calm waves are another feature and the beach is excellent for swimming. Dive shops, etc. line the beach. Eef Beach is also known as a mecca for marine sports such as snorkeling and windsurfing.