EIGHT REASONS TO VISIT THE ISLAND OF YORON
Yoron Island (or Yorronjima) is an island located in the south of Kagoshima Prefecture. This is an amazing tropical island with beautiful beaches and unique culture, which we recommend to visit if you decide to go on a trip to Japan in the summer and do not want to spend all your holidays in the stuffy city.
As mentioned above, Yorronjima is the southernmost island of Kagoshima Prefecture. It is located only twenty-two kilometers from the main island of Okinawa, so those familiar with Okinawa culture will easily notice the great impact it has had on the life and customs of the inhabitants of Yoron. The island’s population is small and is about six thousand people. They are very nice and friendly people, as is often the case on tropical islands.
THE BEACH OF OOHANEKU IS THE MOST VISITED PLACE ON THE ISLAND!
Ooganeku is a big beach, where the swimming season literally does not breathe from the rest. This is the place where every tourist who comes to the island stops. Here you can find many ways to enjoy and to spend time. You can take a boat trip on a glass bottom boat, explore the seabed with a mask and snorkel, or simply go shopping. Ooganeku Beach is a pleasant place to walk on the sand and just to relax. Here you can find entertainment for every taste.
COSA YURIGAHAMA, WHICH APPEARS ONLY DURING A CAST
Yurigahama is a sandbank that appears only at low tide. It is located one and a half kilometers from Ooganeku Beach, and you can see it at low tide in spring or summer. However, the shallow does not appear in any particular place, so its location may vary.
This is a seasonal phenomenon that occurs only from April to October. The shallows can be reached from Ooganeku beach by boat. But the pleasure to stroll along the spit for a short time, as soon as the tide begins, the beach immediately disappears under water. The real ghost island. And if you have time to photograph it, you can get a real snapshot of the dream.
YORON FOLK VILLAGE
In the era of industrial development of Japan on the island brought all the necessary equipment and machinery. Televisions, telephones, refrigerators, washing machines appeared in the houses, and the life of the indigenous people changed dramatically.
But on the other hand, the most important aspects of culture and life, which the inhabitants of the island followed for centuries, were endangered. The village of folk crafts Yoron was created in order to preserve in memory the local traditions and customs. It collected and restored the basic necessities used by the islanders for centuries, as well as their old dwellings, and all in order to tell future generations and guests of the island what life was originally here.
The houses on Yorondzim have unique thatched conical roofs, some of which still retain this shape. The village also exhibits boats and fishing gear used by the inhabitants of the island in everyday life.
The main agricultural crop of Jorondzyma is sugarcane. And before the processing plant appeared on the island, oxen carts and various devices were used for harvesting, with which the juice was squeezed out of plants and raw brown sugar was made.
Admission to the Yoron Folk Village is 400 yen for adults and 200 yen for children.
UNNU TAIKENKAN (YUNNU TAIKENKAN)
Yunnu Taikankan is a tourist center where you can learn more about the culture and history of the island. It offers about twenty-seven different activities, such as catching tropical fish, an excursion into the history of the island and sightseeing of Jorondzyma.
Göronjima is an island of coral reefs. The natural cave of Akasaki was formed as a result of many years of destruction of the rock. The stalactites that can be seen inside the cave create a special mystical landscape that can enchant even the most demanding visitor. In the cave you can see the “Gate to Happiness” and “Hall of Swords” – unique sights created by nature itself.
Yoron Station is a fake railway station located on a fictional railway line connecting Okinawa, Yoron Island and Kagoshima.
Real trains do not come to this station and do not depart from it. There is only the station building, rails and wheels. Directly behind the Yoron station begins a footpath, walking along which you can admire the beautiful views of the sea.
If there is any store that we would definitely advise you to visit during your summer vacation on Jorondzim, then this is definitely Misaki’s shop. He is famous for the fact that it is customary to give strange names to varieties of cocigory – sweet ice chips (or crushed ice).