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Miyako Island, Okinawa
 

Miyako Island is part of Okinawa, Japan and is made up of eight small islands in the Pacific Ocean. It is located 310km (194mi) southwest of Naha, Okinawa and 2,040km (1275mi) southwest from Tokyo, Japan.
It is a flat island with no mountains or rivers. The highest
point of Miyako Island is only 377 feet high.


Miyako Island, Okinawa
Miyako Island is a very small island located southwest of Japan.
 
Population:
Miyako Island is an island of 55,000 people. Most of the population live in Miyakojima City.
 
Climate:
Miyako Island is in a subtropical climate zone, with an average temperature of 23°C (74°F). In the summer, the temperature
becomes very hot and humid.
In the winter, it becomes cold between January and February, experiencing an icy cold breeze.
Okinawa is known as 'Hurricane (Typhoon in Japanese) Highway', and Miyako Island has 3-5 hurricanes a year. This picture is typhoon Songda getting closer to Miyako Island on May 29th, 2011. (Photo courtesy: NOAA)
 
Major Industries:
Agriculture: The sugar cane industry is very large in Miyako Island. 40% of all the sugar cane products of Okinawa comes just from Miyako Island. Mango is also rising in production and popularity nationwide for their sweet and refreshing taste. There are many local vegetables such as bitter melons, papayas, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, and many species of herbs.
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Fishery: Mostly done inshore, fishers have a wide variety of tropical fish. Aquaculture is another important job for fishers as fresh seaweed and other seafoods are enjoyed nationwide.

Miyako Island


Tourism: The subtropical climate, coral reefs, and beautiful beaches make Miyako Island one of the most favored tourist destinations in Japan. Each year, about 400,000 people visit Miyako Island.

 
   
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