Hateruma Island

Hateruma Island

Area

Hateruma is 42 kilometers southwest of Ishigaki. It is the southernmost populated island in Japan. A monument noting this stands on Takana Point. The island’s circumference is 15 kilometers. The name comes from “Hate no uruma”, or “the last coral reef.” There is also a legend that in Ryukyu Kingdom times the people of Hateruma, groaning under exorbitant taxes, sought to flee to a southern paradise called “Pati-roma”. Tough Fukugi trees, planted as a windbreak, shelter the village, giving it an old-time look. From February to June, you can see the Southern Cross over the southern horizon.

Facility Information
Japan's southern tip. The Southern Cross sparkles. Hateruma is the place for stargazing
Address
Okinawa Prefecture
Notes
Annei Kanko Ferry
Yaeyama Kanko Ferry
Ishigaki Dream Kanko
Hateruma Kaiun