An island in the Yaeyama district of south western Okinawa, Iriomote is Okinawa‘s second largest island. Largely undeveloped, nearly 90 percent of the island is covered by dense jungle and mangrove forests, much of which makes up the Iriomote National Park, the southernmost of Japan’s national parks.
Iriomote’s attractions are based around tours to Iriomote’s abundant nature including sea and river kayaking, fishing and sailing. Other activities can be enjoyed either on tours or individually such as beaches, snorkeling and various hiking trails.
Iriomote is also home to the Iriomote Yamaneko, a type of wildcat, which was discovered in 1965 and is only found on this one small island. The chances of encountering an Iriomote Yamaneko are low however, as the nocturnal, house cat sized animal is an endangered species that is thought to number less than 100 individuals.