Yonaguni Island is the westernmost point of Japan and only 110 km from Taiwan.
The Kuroshio Ocean Current first meets Japan at Yonaguni Island.
Yonaguni Island’s charms include native horses grazing on the fields and the laid-back, uniquely exotic mood lingering around the island.
It’s an attractive retreat with plenty of nature, wildlife, and many diving points like undersea ruins.
Yonaguni Town Hall and Clinic are in Sonai, a village in the center of the island.
Nantahama, famous for folk songs, is an excellent beach for swimming.
Small horses unique to Yonaguni are grazing on fields in the north, south, and east.
Luckily, it is friendly and has a gentle personality.
Agarizaki is a scenic spot with dazzling cliffs where waves shooting high up in the air on windy days are not uncommon.
One can see Yonaguni horses and their foals wandering on a meadow all around the cape.
Sanninudai, the cliffs falling off all over along the east coast and a rocky plateau sloping toward the sea,
amaze you with the scale of the rocks’ regular geometric patterns like the so-called Gunkan-iwa nearby.
Irizaki, in the village of Kubura, is the westernmost point in Japan at 24 ° 26’44.99 ” north latitude and 122 ° 56’09.33″ east longitude. Here, the last sunset in Japan is truly spectacular.
Off the south coast of Yonaguni Island, Tategami Rock rises from the sea, daring the rough waves.
Even though it is all-natural, it feels somehow divine.
At this current top diving point, the pattern of its huge stones is reminiscent of an impressive palace.
Ancient ruins, perhaps? Research is underway.