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This small provincial town is the main transportation hub for the entire Yaeyama Islands group, offering a major airport and a cruise terminal, plus a good range of shops, restaurants and bars. The island is renowned for its beaches and jungle scenery.
Located in the southwest tip of Kyushu Island, Kagoshima is often compared to its Italian sister city of Naples because of its mild weather and palm-tree lined streets. The city lies in the shadow of Mount Sakurajima, an active volcano – similar to Naples and Mount Vesuvius.
Miyakojima, also known as Miyako Island, is Okinawa’s fourth largest island and known for its lovely beaches and excellent coral reefs. The island’s tropical climate make it a popular year-round destination. The island is densely planted with sugar cane fields.
Said to be the cradle of Japanese civilisation, the Miyazaki prefecture boasts numerous historically significant sites. The city itself enjoys both ocean and mountain views, and is a popular resort destination for Japanese tourists.
A vibrant and charming city, Nagasaki boasts a rich trading history, picturesque churches, shrines and temples, and a diverse culinary scene, set around a beautiful harbour.
Once a thriving port city and the prosperous capital of the Ryukyu Kingdom, Naha retains much of its original energy and bustle. Today, the city is the cultural and economic hub of Okinawa, and is also an important transportation hub.