Kuroshima Observatory, Kuro-shima Taketomi-cho

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Kuroshima, also known as "Kuro Island", is an island in Taketomi Town, Okinawa, part of the Yaeyama archipelago. The island has the approximate shape of a heart symbol when viewed from the air, and is marketed as "Heart Island". The name means "Black Island".The island has an area of some 100km2and a population of approximately 210. Kuroshima is a comparatively flat island, as the highest point is just 15m above sea level.Cattle raising is a major economic activity and a yearly "cow festival" is held. Sometimes the island is marketed as "Island of Cows" as well, as there are more cows than inhabitants living on it. Tourist activities include diving and sunbathing.SightsKuroshima has various sights to offer: A lighthouse stands at the southern tip.In the Visitors' Center in the west of the island various old photos, stuffed animals and traditional fishing and agricultural equipment are on display.Puzumari is an old tower built of dark coral stones close to the Visitors' Center. During the times of the Ryukyu Kingdom, the top of the tower was the highest point of the whole island, and it was used to observe the ships going to and from Ishigaki and to send fire signals to the neighbouring island. There are similar towers dating from the 17th century on other islands of the Yaeyama group as well, e.g. Hateruma.Nakamoto Kaigan, the west coast of Kuroshima, is worth a visit as well. Impressive corals can be seen close to a small Shinto Shrine at low tide.In the middle of Kuroshima there is a tower offering a scenic view of the whole island.Several ruins consisting of dark coral stones overgrown with plants are scattered all over the island.Traditional architecture is well preserved in the village in the middle of the island. Many houses which have a typical hip roof are still surrounded by walls built of dark coral stones.The banana trees vegetate and bear fruit on the island helped by high temperatures.Sea Turtle Association of Japan, Kuroshima Research Station
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  • Kuro-Shima elementary school next to the Observatory. Suitable in view of kuroshima Island, stopped in the middle of the cycle. And climbing the lookout near the Crow, bicycle seat to poke in the Bill should be aware.
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  • I went to the cloudy winter day. The Observatory of the ordinary. Could see the road does not run without a vast cattle ranch and one car only. Go probably sunny weather of the season of the fresh green and blue black green pasture and cattle were shot there, sky sees a distant whisper and Emerald-colored waters may be beautiful.
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  • It is loose from the port also Nakamoto Beach up. In the middle of the island. You can head over from four directions from the 東筋 Nakamoto, and then from Italy, from the port. You should read the wind direction to go by bike. Is right next to the school. From the lookout looks well Ranch and cattle. Also the islands of Ishigaki Island, looks far away. From here which may also wonders whether tracks on the album. Attention is required to the Crow. It aims to my bike.
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