Miyako-jima (Miyakojima) is the biggest and the most populous island among Miyako Islands (Okinawa Prefecture, Japan). Miyako Island is administered as part of Miyakojima City (established in 2005), which includes not only Miyako-jima, but also 5 other populated islands.
Miyakojima Island lies approximately 300 km (190 ml) southwest of Okinawa Island and 400 km (250 ml) east of Taipei. With an area of 158.70 km2 (61.27 ml2), Miyako is the 4th-largest island in prefecture of Okinawa. The island is triangular and composed of Ryukyuan limestone. Miyakojima is subject to drought and often struck by typhoons.
Miyakojima is famous for its beauty, particularly Eastern Cape, which is considered as one of the most beautiful sites in Japan. Other notable locations include Painagama Beach, Maehama beach, German Cultural Center, and the sights on Irabujima. There are 3 islands close by that are connected via bridges to Miyakojima, Irabujima, Ikemajima and Kurimajima. The Miyako language is spoken here. it is one of a few Ryukyuan languages.
Miyakojima is a center of sugarcane cultivation, and brown sugar producer. Miyako jofu is a hand-woven, locally produced textile made from ramie fiber (formerly known as Satsuma jofu). The textile traces its origin back to Tensho period, 1573-1592.
Miyako-jima is home to the unique festival Paantu, which occurs in the 9th month of the lunar calendar. Three men dressed in mud, grass and leaves go walk around the town smearing the mud on people, houses and cars. They carry sticks in one hand and expressionless mask in the other. According to a legend, those who have been muddied by Pantu will have a year of good fortune and protection. Owners of new homes invite Pantu to give his muddy 'blessing' to their houses.
Note: Miyakojima City was established after the merger of Hirara City and the smaller towns Gusukube, Irabu, Shimoji and Ueno.
On January 31, 2017, Miyakojima was selected as one of all 6 Japanese ports to receive private funding for structural upgrades of their cruise terminal facilities.
- The project aimed to attract more cruise ships and to increase the number of visiting international passengers. The other ports in that list are Yokohama, Shimizu, Sasebo, Yatsushiro-Kumamoto and Motobu.
- At the above listed ports, cruise companies will build passenger terminals and other port facilities using their own funds. Other companies and lines / operators will be also allowed to use these facilities. However, the cruise ship companies that will build the new port facilities will be given priority to use the wharfs.
- The companies involved in the port building project are NYK Cruises (subsidiary of the Japanese cargo shipping corporation Nippon Yusen Kaisha / NYK Line) and RCCL (Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd).
- In 2016, the number of cruise ship visitors to Japan reached 1,9 million. In comparison, 2013 season's statistics showed only 174,000 passengers.
Highlights: Reefs, Shrine, mausoleum
Miyakojima Island cruise terminal
Cruise ships to Miyako Island dock (anchor) at Hirara - the port of Miyakojima City, located on the north-western coast.
The Miyakojima Island cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Miyakojima Island, Japan.
If you lose the Miyakojima Island location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.
Port Miyakojima Island cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Miyakojima Island, Japan. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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