Standing in the center of the island slightly toward the east, this rocky mountain elevates 172 meters above sea level. Called Iejima Tachu, it has become the island’s symbol for locals. With a sacred grove to pray for safe navigation, health and bountiful harvest, the mount is the guardian angel of the island. Mt. Gusuku is said to be 7,000 years older than Ie Island and was created in a very rare phenomenon that saw old bedrock stand on new bedrock. Reaching the top of the mount, one can enjoy a 360-degree panorama with views over the main and surrounding islands.