The Miyako Group of the Ryukyu Islands consists of 8 islands centering around the core island named Miyakojima. Miyako-jima has a long history with a distinct culture influenced from many different places in Asia, as it is also only 400 km east of Taipei, Taiwan. The Miyako language, one of several Ryukyul languages, is still spoken in the island and there are many unique festivals and rituals that happen annually. Miyako-jima is well known for its beautiful clear ocean and untouched nature. It lacks any major hills or mountains and is mostly covered by sugar cane fields and a few towns, among which Hirara is the largest with a moderate range of restaurants and bars. Resort hotels and pensions are found across the island. Unlike other parts of Okinawa, Miyako is free of habu snakes. The coastline differs in each area on the island, combining rich nature, white beaches, transparent waters and coral reefs. Miyako Islands offer exquisite sightseeing spots like the magnificent Maehama Beach, Higashi-Hennazaki which is counted among Japan’s one hundred most beautiful views, the bridges to Ikema and Kurima Islands and more. Enjoy your slow-paced travel around Miyako Islands and feel the warm welcome as if you were part of the island people.