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Yaeyama Islands

The Yaeyama Islands are the westernmost part of Okinawa, Japan. The Yaeyama Islands are the most southwestern part of Japan, closer to Taiwan and even Batanes of the Philippines than Okinawa Island, much less the mainland.

Ishigaki is second-largest but most populated of the Yaeyama Islands of Okinawa, Japan.

Kuro Island is one of the smaller of the Yaeyama Islands of Japan. This island is famous for cattle and there are about 3000 cows in this island in spite of the fact that there are only 200 people.

Yonaguni in the Yaeyama Islands is the westernmost point of Japan. Also known as Dunan in the local language, Yonaguni is a tiny speck of an island with a population of less than 2000, located 125 km from Taiwan and 127 km from Ishigaki.

Hateruma is the southernmost populated island in Japan, and part of Okinawa's Yaeyama Islands.

Taketomi is one of the Yaeyama Islands of Okinawa, Japan. This small island just north of the tropics with its picturesque beaches and architecture is a popular getaway especially for domestic visitors.

Iriomote is the largest of the Yaeyama Islands of Okinawa, Japan. While the second-largest of all Okinawa islands in size, Iriomote's population is barely over 2,000 and visitors, at over 150,000 a year, outnumber residents by almost 100:1.

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